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Spitfire replica unveiled in Essex

from Windsor Star

A fibre-glass replica of a Mk IX Spitfire painted to look exactly like the one Essex native Jerry Billing flew on D-Day exudes memories as his wife Karen runs her hands over its rivets. She wasn't with him, of course, in any Second World War dog-fights, but she remembers hopping on many a Spitfire wing after her husband had landed at air shows. The high nose of the Spitfire made it impossible for a pilot to see the ground in front of the plane so as women did in the war, Karen perched on a wing to give him directions. more

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