Veteran pilot, 87, back at the controls of a Tiger Moth

Gittisham man relives his RAF days.

AN 87-year-old former RAF pilot from Gittisham was at the controls of a Tiger Moth aircraft again after visiting the Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire.

Wearing an original 1940s flying jacket, Jim Lythgoe took to the skies in the iconic bi-plane. The trip was organised by his daughter, Jennie Foley, and her husband, Phil.

But when the pilot heard Mr Lythgoe was a veteran of World War Two, he handed over the controls and said: “You’ve got it.”

“It was amazing how it came back to me as I sat at the controls. It was very atmospheric,” said Mr Lythgoe.


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During the war, Mr Lythgoe under went training in Africa and was then posted to the Middle East after joining the RAF in 1940.

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