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RAF bravery medals go on display

RAF bravery medals will go on display for the first time today (Friday).

That includes a distinguished flying cross, the Royal Air Force’s top award to its officers for bravery in the air.

The medal was awarded to a Manxman, Turner Chrystal of the well-known auction house, for carrying out 38 bombing missions over enemy territory during World War Two.

It's on display at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum between the airport and Castletown, along with Turner’s story, photographs and models of some of the aeroplanes flown by him, including an Avro Lancaster.

There are also some parts of a real aeroplane, a Hampden bomber, in which Turner crashed at Jurby.

Museum director Ivor Ramsden:

The museum has a wide range of aviation displays plus many others including the Island’s Home Guard, the First World War, women at war and the Royal Navy in Douglas.

It is open from 10am to 4.30pm each day through Easter weekend.

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