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MEMBERS of the South Korean Black Eagles aerobatic display team have met two Gloucester veterans of the war which kept their country free and democratic during this weekend's Royal International Air Tattoo.

Veterans and friends Denis Grogan and Tom Clough, members of the Gloucester Branch of the British Korean Veterans Association, met up with the pilots of the Black Eagles following their spectacular display at today's Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Lt Col Young Hwa Kim, the commander of the team, told the veterans they were honoured to meet them, adding that the veterans had made great sacrifices for the Republic of Korea.

The veterans met the pilots and enjoyed a short tour of the Black Eagles' flight-line before spending the rest of the day in the VIP enclosures at the airshow.

Denis, 81, from Churchdown near Gloucester, served in Korea in 1951 and was in the Royal Air Force, supporting the little Auster observation planes which provided information for artillery positions.

He said: "It was wonderful to meet the team, and see the aircraft close up: I thought their display was wonderful, particularly when they used the smoke to show part of their national flag.

"I have returned to Korea twice since the war, and it's a wonderful country, where the people are truly appreciative of what the veterans did for them."

PHOTOGRAPH: Veterans Denis Grogan (wearing cap) and Tom Clough meet the Black Eagles aerobatic display team at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

July 8, 2012

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