D-Day

Former Spitfire Crews Reunited With D-Day Aircraft

The MJ772 has only recently been restored and is set to play a key role in June's D-Day 75 commemorations.

Second World War pilots and aircrew have been reunited with a Spitfire that flew on D-Day.

The MJ772 has only recently been restored and is set to play a key role in the D-Day 75 commemorations next week.

The veterans joined the Spitfire in the skies in a civilian aircraft to see and hear the famous fighter roar above the countryside surrounding Biggin Hill.

But one veteran was lucky enough to even fly in the aircraft. 

John Mussellwhite, a former Spitfire pilot himself, described the flight as "magnificent" and said being in the air "brought back memories".

For others, just seeing the aircraft again was enough.

The veterans pose for a picture in front of the MJ772 Spitfire.
The veterans pose for a picture in front of the MJ772 Spitfire.

Former Flying Ace Squadron Leader Allan Scott said: "You could fly [the Spitfire] without thinking about it.

"If you turned your head, your aircraft would turn, if you wanted to do something, your aircraft would do it.

"You were part of that aircraft and only a Spitfire could give you that feeling of right.

"I've flown hundreds of different types of aircraft but none like the Spit."

Although Mr Scott only flew alongside the Spitfire, he said he still has dreams of flying the fighter again. 

As the nation prepares to mark 75 years since D-Day, MJ772 will return to Normandy where she will be based at the city of Caen as part of the commemorations.  

On both 5 and 6 June, the aircraft is expected to fly over the Normandy beaches and the ceremonies commemorating the landings.