A FORMER Royal Air Force navigator has marked his 100th birthday with a special family celebration.

Leslie Powell of Kington turned 100 on March 19.

Born near Brecon, Mr Powell grew up with his younger brother on their parents' farm at Tredomen.

Hereford Times:

After finishing school at the age of 16, Mr Powell moved to Kington in Herefordshire to start work at J&P Turner, where he worked with the exception of the war years until his retirement in 1997.

In 1942, Mr Powell joined the RAF, heading to North Killingholme in Lincolnshire, where he served as a navigator on the Lancaster bomber with 550 Squadron until the end of the war.


He returned to Kington after his war service, where he married Frances in 1959.

The couple had three children, later welcoming six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The whole family came together on March 19, Mr Powell's birthday, to celebrate his very special birthday, and Mr Powell was delighted to receive a birthday card from King Charles as well as cards from several RAF squadrons.