Perthshire war hero Ernie’s 100th birthday dram from Prince Charles

It is not every day you get a present from royalty.

But that is what happened to Perthshire war hero Ernie Holmes on Friday.

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Ernie, who turned 100 last month, received a bottle of whisky from Prince Charles to mark his centenary.

Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross Stephen Leckie was on hand to present the gift at Kincarrathie House Care Home.

Ernie first came to Perth in 1941 to train as an elite pilot with 35 Squadron within No 8 (Pathfinder) Group RAF leading Lancaster bombers to the spot where they were to drop their bombs.

Five men died when Ernie’s Pathfinder was shot down over Holland in 1944. He and two others survived.

 

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