Upstate NY man travels thousands of miles, retracing grandfather’s steps, finding WWII artifacts

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 A Capital Region man experienced a trip of a lifetime. Iain Walker, of Niskayuna, followed stories and a World War II prison time diary from his grandfather that led him to find priceless artifacts.

The journey spanned multiple countries and several years, as he retraced his grandfather’s footsteps. Walker heard countless tales of his grandfather, Sergeant Denis Llyod’s, time as a POW in World War II. 

Llyod was a part Britain’s Royal Airforce. His bomber plane was shot down in Germany and of the seven on board, Llyod was the only one to survive. 

Questions of his grandfather ordeal led Walker to Britain and Germany, creating a detailed log of his grandfather’s travels, that followed his escape from the plummeting plane. 

While in Germany, Walker was able to find pieces from the bomb carried by the plane and parts of the fuselage. 

Walker’s journey is not complete just yet. He’s met the family of five of the six that died. He’s still looking for the family of George Nicholson from Glasgow, Scotland. 

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