Jack “Griff” Griffiths who, at 93 is probably one of the oldest pilots still regularly flying gliders, has been awarded the title of Chevalier de l’ Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur. Griff was a glider pilot during the war, landing at Pegasus Bridge and Arnhem. He was taken as a prisoner of war, escaped and made it back to American lines after many adventures. He flew flying coal tugs into Berlin during the airlift. He was the first CFI at what went on to be Lasham; his late wife driving the winch as Griff taught the first trainees before handing over as CFI to Derek Piggott when Lasham ceased to be a military operation.