Message from: rob casey

My father Flt Lt E F Casey DFC died on Monday 9th July. He was a resident in North Lancing for over 40 years with his wife Jean Casey, who died 2 years ago.

During the Second World War he was a navigator in Bomber Command RAF and flew over 50 missions to Germany. He flew 29 missions on Lancasters and was awarded one of the highest honours in the RAF, the Distinguished FlyingCross (DFC) in recognition of "numerous operations against the enemy in which he displayed the utmost fortitude, courage, and devotion to duty".

He then returned to complete further operations flying Mosquitos as part of Pathfinder Force, marking the target for other bombers.

He also bailed out over Bruges.

Fortunately he lived long enough to see the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial in London, probably the last thing he saw on television before he died. He had waited all his life to see the many men of Bomber Command who gave their lives finally recognised.

His funeral service will be at St James The Less, North Lancing, West Sussex at 1.30pm on 19th July followed by a 3.00pm service at Brighton Crematorium. Family flowers only and donations in Ernie's memory to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.