A WARTIME RAF logbook reveals how football commentating icon Kenneth Wolstenholme cheated death after the plane he piloted came under heavy fire.
He was nearly killed in a sortie on the German archipelago of Heligoland in 1941.
An entry in the logbook tells of his Blenheim bomber being badly damaged and observer Sgt John âPollyâ Wilson killed.
Wolstenholme wrote: âVery shaky do. Three shells in nose â one got Polly.
âP (port) Wing smashed; tail and elevator riddled. Big shell hole in fin; bomb doors shot away; electric system shot away; cockpit, belly, both engines riddled with holes.
âHell of a lot of flak. Glad to see West Raynham (RAF base in Norfolk) and land. Drunk that night â thank God!â
Wolstenholme also flew on Operation Varsity â historyâs largest airborne operation on a single day and in one location.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar.
He died in March 2002, aged 81.
His logbook, medals and wartime photo album may fetch Â£15,000 at auction.
Adam Gascoigne, of Graham Budd Auctions of London, said: âA modest man, Wolstenholme rarely spoke of his courage as a bomber pilot.â
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