Wing Commander Vic Stapley, left, pictured last year receiving the Legion of Honour medal from former Borough Mayor Carol Bower and Group Captain Ian Townsend from RAF Marham. Picture: Kevin Elfleet
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North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has paid a “heartfelt tribute” to Wing Commander Vic Stapley, the former Bomber Command veteran and former West Norfolk Mayor who died last week.

Mr Stapley, 96, of Dersingham,  carried on working in the community, in particular with veteran groups until the end of last year. 

He was also president of King’s Lynn branch of RAFA for many years.

After settling in West Norfolk in the 1970s he became a borough councillor for Heacham, and served as chairman of planning and Borough Mayor.

Sir Henry said: “Vic was a truly remarkable person and indeed in many ways an iconic figure. He commanded incredible respect across the whole borough and further afield. He was also one of the very last highly decorated Second World War veterans here in West Norfolk, and he will be sorely missed. 

“Of course, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, but they can be very proud of everything Vic achieved both fighting for his country in the war, and serving his community in peace time.”

Mr Stapley was presented with France’s prestigious Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) last year for his part in the liberation of France during the Second World War.