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Eric Evans was born in the Neath Valley in 1924, before the family moved to Ammanford. Inspired by a talk given at school in Ammanford, Eric joined the Miles Aircraft Factory near Reading to work on the aircraft production line. After volunteering for aircrew duties with the RAF in 1942, he was posted to Canada to train as a Bomb-Aimer under the British and Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In 1944 Eric joined 99 Squadron in India which was equipped with the Consolidator B.24 Liberator, personally flying many operational bombing sorties during the Burma campaign. Shortly before the end of his operational tour, Eric’s aircraft was shot down and he was badly injured. Eric spent the remainder of the war recovering from his injuries. Post-war Eric became a jeweller and watch repairer in Swansea and today lives in Llanelli.

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