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William Walker, 99, World War II pilot, poet

LONDON — William Walker, whose poem is part of a ­national monument to his comrades in the Battle of Britain, died Sunday at age 99.

Mr. Walker died in London.

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A Spitfire fighter pilot, Mr. Walker was shot down and took a bullet in his right ankle Aug. 26, 1940, as British pilots engaged a German bomber force.

His poem ‘‘Our Wall’’ is inscribed on the memorial on the Dover cliffs to the nearly 3,000 men who flew in the battle from June to October 1940. The poem describes the “many brave unwritten tales/That were simply told in vapour trails.”

After retiring as chairman of the Ind Coope brewery, Mr. Walker wrote poetry, including tributes to the fliers.

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