D-Day veteran returns to the skies
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