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'Finest' dive bomber Arthur Gill dies, aged 100

Arthur Gill
Image caption Wing Commander Arthur Gill received a 100th birthday card from the Queen

A World War Two veteran, described by historians as Britain's finest dive bomber pilot, has died days after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Wing Commander Arthur Gill, a great-grandfather from Herefordshire, had flown 140 different types of aircraft.

He marked his centenary on 24 February with a special lunch with his 92-year-old wife and family.

Mr Gill, who died last week, had said his family was his finest achievement in a "charmed life".

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During his career as a pilot, Mr Gill, from Little Dewchurch, survived 17 crash and forced landings and had been George Formby's pilot double in the 1938 film It's in the Air.

Image caption Wing Commander Arthur Gill said he had been a "lucky" man who had lived a charmed life.

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