St Neots Museum is marking Armistice Day 2023 with a lecture at the museum by local author David Duker.

After several years of research, Mr Duker has published a book called ‘One of Our Own’, which tells the story of Victor Ekins MBE DFC, a St Neots man who was a British Spitfire pilot during the Second World War.

Mr Duker will discuss the remarkable story of the brave Mr Ekins at the museum from 2pm on Saturday, November 11.

Tickets are £10, with refreshments included, and copies of this "enthralling" new book will be for sale on the day.

Who is Victor Ekins?

Mr Ekins lived in New Street, St Neots, and he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and flew both Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes, at first with the 111 Squadron and later with the 501 Squadron.

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Mr Ekins fought in the battle of Britain, which began in July 1940 when Hitler launched ‘Operation Sea Lion.

 In September 1940, Victor’s plane was shot down, and he was seriously injured, but he was able to escape from the plane and use his parachute to land.

He survived and was awarded the D.F.C. (Distinguished Flying Cross). Soon, he was flying again and was later awarded the M.B. E. (Member of the British Empire) for his outstanding service to his country.

To hear in-depth tales about the brave man, tickets are available from St Neots Museum.