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D-Day veteran given Spitfire flight for D-Day 75

A D-Day veteran and former Spitfire pilot has been given the chance to take to the skies in the famous aircraft again, at a special event at Solent Airport.

Veteran Squadron Leader Alan Frost, 96, was in his words, "reuinted with an old friend", during the flight near Lee-On-Solent on Monday (3 June).

Alan was one of the pilots who flew over the Normandy beaches on D-Day back in 1944.

On Monday he spent time with local school children from Crofton Anne Dale School at Solent Airport, to talk to them about his experiences.

Ten pupils from the school painted so-called 'D-Day stripes' on the Spitfire, which were used during World War Two to indicate that it was a ‘friendly’ aircraft.

The flight was organised by Boultbee flight Academy.

Speaking about the flight, Alan said:

"I'm absolutely delighted, over the moon, it's like going out with an old friend again, absolutely marvellous.

"I think I'm extremely lucky, and I haven't flown a spitfire for, must be 70-odd years.

"The Spitfire, you get to know it backwards, it's part of you, you know? I mean no matter what you do if you just sort of lean to the left or to the right it goes with you without any bother at all.

"She is beautiful, and reliable."

Crofton Anne Dale School children get ready to paint the Spitfire

Chairman of the Daedalus Steering Group, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, said:

“This has been an inspiring day.

"It was wonderful to see the children engaging with Sqn Ldr Frost and hearing his stories.

"I know it meant a great deal to Alan to return to the skies in a Spitfire, 75 years after that historic day.”

Fareham Borough Council will be marking 75 years since D-Day with a weekend long family event at Solent Airport on 8 and 9 June.

 

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