To mark what has been a sad few days for the friends and families of RAF 617 Squadron, a tribute to the late Benny Goodman will be broadcast on Radio 4’s Last Word programme on Friday 23 July. In it, presenter Matthew Bannister will interview the 617 Squadron Association historian Dr Robert Owen, who was a friend and colleague of Benny’s for more than 40 years.
As others have said this week, Benny was not only a hero who was at special risk as a Jewish pilot flying wartime missions over Germany, he was a true gentleman and a lovely, rounded human being. Those who met him were fortunate to enjoy his company for so many years.
Last Word will go out at 4.00pm tomorrow, Friday 23 July, and is repeated on Sunday at 8.30pm. It will also be on BBC Sounds thereafter, which should be available outside the UK for his many friends in other countries. See this link for details.