Pilot lands back home to hero

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SHEFFIELD RAF pilot Steven Morris received a hero’s welcome when he returned from duty in Libya.

The 30-year-old was among RAF crew who brought the last seven Tornado bombers back to RAF Marham, in Norfolk, where he was met by his fiancee Hannah Macmillan and their pet dog Jezebel.

The dog couldn’t hide her excitement and bounded across the concrete to greet him.

His mum Wendy Morris, from Sothall, Sheffield, told of her pride at her son’s role in helping bring down Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.

She said: “I am so proud of Steven because he has aways worked hard from school and being a pilot is all he ever wanted to do.

“I was a bit worried when he was away and I’m relieved he is back safely.”

Mrs Morris, who works at Sainsbury’s in Crystal Peaks and is married to HGV technician Shaun, said Steven had been a member of the RAF cadets in Mosborough while growing up, before studying aerospace dynamics at Sheffield University then accepting a place at the RAF’s Cranwell College.

He is now a Flight Lieutenant.

Before being sent to take part in operations in Libya, Steven was an instructor for the RAF’s Harrier jump jets which have now been axed.

The former Westfield School pupil is due to marry his fiancee next year.

Based at Gioia del Colle in Southern Italy, the British Tornados played a key role in the 3,000 UK sorties, in Libya.