D-Day vet­eran sky­dives again af­ter 74 years

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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, on Fri­day.

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. “It was a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to the one I just had.

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

“It was amaz­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the freefall and then cruis­ing down was sim­ply beau­ti­ful.

“I feel so lucky to have been able to ex­pe­ri­ence this at my age. Be­fore I could take part in the jump my doc­tor as­sured me my heart is as healthy as a mid­dleaged man.”

Mr Read had pre­vi­ously seen other veter­ans taking part in sky­dives.

He de­cided to com­plete one him­self af­ter vis­it­ing the Nor­mandy bat­tle­fields on an an­niver­sary tour ear­lier this year.

His grand­daugh­ters Lianne, 37, Joanna, 39, and his greatand­son Josh, 23, also took part he sky­dive. Mr Read is a life-long mem­ber e Sal­va­tion Army and rtook the jump to raise ey for the char­ity’s an­tiffick­ing and mod­ern slav­ery k in the UK. He has raised more than 4,000 so far and plans to jump again next year in Nor­mandy, to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of D-Day. His JustGiv­ing page can be found here: https://www. justgiv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/ harry-read.

Above, D-Day vet­eran Harry Read, 94, de­scends with chief in­struc­tor Ryan Mancey for char­ity; left, Harry calmly wait­ing his turn; in­set, in uni­form dur­ing the war.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.