D-Day vet­eran re­turns to the skies

Burton Mail - - National -

A D-DAY vet­eran has taken part in his first high-level sky­dive since he parachuted into Nor­mandy 74 years ago.

Harry Read, 94, jumped 10,000 feet af­ter taking to the skies from Old Sarum air­field in Sal­is­bury, Wilt­shire, yes­ter­day.

Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, Mr Read was a 20-year-old wire­less op­er­a­tor and part of the Para­chute Brigade land­ing in Nor­mandy on June 6, 1944.

To avoid at­tack dur­ing war time, parachut­ing would take place as close to the ground as pos­si­ble.

“On that morn­ing at 00.50 hours I parachuted into Nor­mandy and 30 sec­onds later I was on the ground,” Mr Read said.

“This was my first high­level sky­dive and whilst I was a lit­tle ner­vous I have al­ways en­joyed the thrill of parachut­ing.

“Be­fore I could take part in the jump my doc­tor as­sured me my heart is as healthy as a mid­dle-aged man.”

Harry is helped up af­ter a safe land­ing

D-Day vet­eran Harry Read, 94, de­scends un­der his para­chute con­nected to in­struc­tor Ryan Mancey

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