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Vets V ets e fly fly high hiigh at at reunion reunion n TWO T WO WORLD WORLD War War II Spitfire Spitfiiree pilots pillots were were re reunited eun niited with witth the iconic iconic aircraft airrcraft recently recently at at former former R RAF AF airfield airffield Halfpenny Halfpenny Green Greeen near near W Wolverhampton, olverhampton, writes writes Harry Harry Burgoyne. Burgooyne. A Att P Project roject Propeller, Propeller, the the WWII aircrew aircrew reunion reu union attended attended by by more more than than 300 30 veterans, veterans, pilots pilots and and guests, gu uests WOs WOs B Bill ill Williams, Williams, 101, 101 and and Eddie Eddie Habberley, Habberley, 98, were were given given the the chance chance tto o look look over over the the Spitfire Spitfiire Mk M XVI XVI owned owned and and flown flo l wn by by George George H Haye. aye. B Both oth vveterans eterans served ser e ved throughout throughout SSouth-East outh-Eas Asia Asia and and discovered discovered they the had had o operated perated ffrom rom tthe he same same b bases, ases, but but had had never never previously previously m met. et. B Bill, ill, who who flew fllew photo photo reconnaissance reconnaissance mi missions, ssio s ns, said: said: “We “We used used to to fly fly unarmed unarmed aand nd dep depended ended o on n our our speed speed to to keep keep us us out out of of ttrouble. rouble. We We normally normally flew fle l w around around 33,000 ffeet eet e b but ut climbed climbed up up to to 38,000 , if there there were were any any JJapanese apanese ffighters iigghters around, around, tthey hey co couldn’t uldn’’t reach reach us us u up p tthere. here.”

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Volunteer Volunteer private private pilots pilots ferried feerried 43 ex aircrew aircrew from from all all over over the the UK to to Project Project Propeller. Propeller. Bill Bill flew fle l w in from from Nottingham Nottingham w with ith pilot pilot Graham Graham Mountford. Mountford. Graham Graham said: said: “As “As soon soon as as we we were were airborne, airborne, I ga gave avve B Bill ill control control and and it it was was as as if he he had had never never lef left ft tthe he cockpit. cockpit.

“He “He flew fllew us us nearly nearly all all the the way waay here, here, I o only nly h had ad tto o lland and it. it.” Running Ru unning since since 19 1998, 98, tthe he event event was was ffounded ounded by by Ian Ian Burnstock Burnstock but but this this year’s year’s Project Project Propeller Propeller was was the the last last as as the the numbers numbers of of surviving sur u viving WWII aircrew aircrew is is d dwindling. win ndling. Eddie Eddie said: said: “I’ve “I’ve had had a many many flights flig l hts w with ith P Project roject Propeller Propeller

over over the the years. years. It’s It’s a shame shame that that it’s it’s finishing fiinishing this thiis yyear. ear. I would would have have liked likeed it it to to have have happened happened next next year year as as that that would would have have been been my my 100th 100th birthday birthday ttreat. reat..” As As the the event event finished fiinished the the veterans veterans were were saluted saluted by by a flypast flypast ffrom rom a B Battle attle of of Britain Britain Memorial Memorial Flight Flight Hurricane. Hurricane.

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