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.

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