A PLAQUE will be unveiled at the former Chepstow home of Dambuster pilot Bill Townsend.

The unveiling of the blue plaque will be held at the home in Hardwick Avenue, Chepstow, after it was recently revealed Mr Townsend lived and grew up in the town.

Plans to hold a ceremony, first put forward by the Royal British Legion to mark the 75th anniversary of the raid, were supported by town councillors at a full meeting on March 28.

In the ceremony, starting at around 6pm on Thursday May 17, the last flying Lancaster bomber will fly over to mark the occasion.

A community band will perform and a screening of the Dambusters film will be shown at the Drill Hall during the week.

The plaque has been made and donated by potter Ned Heywood.

The event will be open to the public, and will also include a VIP list.

A former pupil at Monmouth School, Flight Sergeant Townsend was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and Distinguished Flying Medal in recognition of his wartime exploits with 617 Squadron. The pilot led the third and final wave of six Lancasters on the dams.