A true action hero whose life and bravery surpassed fiction
Captain Eric Brown, who has died at the age of 97, led a remarkable life. His exploits read like something from the pages of an action novel.
He flew more types of plane and made more landings on an aircraft carrier than any other, as well as shooting down enemy planes during World War II and being at the liberation of the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Throw in his brief career as a wall of death rider with a tame lion riding sidecar, singing with Glenn Miller and finding lifelong love with a Belfast girl and we have a portrait of a man whose life makes those of even fictional heroes seem pale by comparison.