A man awarded medals for bravery after he rescued a pilot and passengers from a plane crash, has died, aged 87.

Eric Webb was one of the first people on the scene following the crash of the RAF Beverley aircraft in 1957.

The plane, carrying airmen from RAF Abingdon to Cyprus, was forced to turn back shortly after take-off due to engine trouble.

As the plane approached the airfield, one of its wings clipped a group of elm trees. turning the plane towards a row of terraced homes at Sutton Wick.

Mr Webb helped to rescue two airmen from the blazing aircraft and was later awarded the British Empire Medal and a heroism medal from the National Farmers' Union.

His daughter, Sandy Simmons, said: "My father and a couple of other people were stacking hay at the time. They knew it was going to crash, so they ran to help. He did it because that was the sort of person he was, he would never think anything of doing things for others."

Born in 1920, Mr Webb moved around Oxfordshire with his parents as a child until they bought Sherwood Farm in Longworth, near Abingdon, in the 1940s.

In 1948, while working on a milk round, Mr Webb met his future wife Joan and the couple were soon married.

A year later, they celebrated the birth of their first child Brian and in 1951, the couple had their second child, Sandy.

After nearly 10 years delivering milk in the area, Mr Webb took over the running of Sherwood Farm and his father and brother took control of nearby Stone Hill Farm.

Well known in Oxford's farming community, he would often ride around the Longworth area on his horse-drawn carriage.

On July 1, following kidney failure, Mr Webb passed away at home at Sherwood Farm, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.