Spitfire ace, 96, who shot down his first enemy plane at 19 relives the thrill ...

Squadron Leader Allan Scott, 96, was yesterday back in a Spitfire soaring over the English countryside

Squadron Leader Allan Scott, 96, was yesterday back in a Spitfire soaring over the English countryside

He was only 19 when he shot down his first enemy plane as an RAF fighter pilot.

Seventy-seven years on, Squadron Leader Allan Scott was yesterday back in a Spitfire soaring over the English countryside and loving every second.

At 96 he had to take the back seat in the dual cockpit plane. 

But alongside his aircraft was a single seat Spitfire flanked by a Hurricane in a stirring image of the legendary fighters that were so vital to victory in the Second World War.

The flypast, from the famous Biggin Hill airfield, was part of the celebrations marking the centenary of the RAF.

Before the flight the veteran airman said: ‘I can’t wait to get up there flying again in my beloved Spitfire. It’s a beautiful aircraft. It fits you like an overcoat.’

After war broke out Mr Scott joined 124 Squadron at Biggin Hill in Kent before being stationed in Malta where he earned a Distinguished Flying Medal. 

He finished the war with 13 kills and several probables.

Of his time in Malta, where the average life expectancy in the air was 15 minutes, he said: ‘We knew we might not come back and that each moment could be your last, but we were young and we accepted it.

‘When the battle started the adrenaline flowed. But we had Spitfires. You’d feel it instinctively. It felt like it was part of you. Flying a Spitfire came to me very naturally.’ 

Mr Scott, from Wem, Shropshire, did three wartime tours and later became a test pilot. He is the last remaining pilot from the battle that was fought over Malta.

In 1953 he nearly died in a crash in a Tiger Moth biplane at an air display in Edinburgh. 

Mr Scott sits in the back seat of the nearest Spitfire, which is flanked by another Spitfire and a Hurricane. The flypast, from the famous Biggin Hill airfield, was part of the celebrations marking the centenary of the RAF

Mr Scott sits in the back seat of the nearest Spitfire, which is flanked by another Spitfire and a Hurricane. The flypast, from the famous Biggin Hill airfield, was

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