This parade shows at its head Charles Worthington, the ARP Controller and head of Leicester's CD services in 1942. He is wearing his RFC/RAF wings above his medal ribbon. This was officially banned under CD uniform regulations.
Lieutenant Charles Edward Worthington, CBE was born in in Leicester 1897 and was commissioned into the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and served as a fighter pilot on the Western Front. He is credited for five aerial victories whilst serving with 87 Squadron (Sopwith Dolphin). He became a successful businessman in the family business and in 1931 was a joint founder of the Odeon Cinema franchise. During the second world war he was ARP controller for Leicester and and became the city's mayor in 1946.
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