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Boy, 6, to honour World War Two hero Spitfire pilot by walking his 15-mile escape route from the Nazis

A BOY aged six is about to walk the escape route used by a hero Spitfire pilot who dodged the Nazis at Dunkirk.

Jacob Newson and dad Andrew, 52, will take two days to do the 15-mile journey taken by Alan Deere after he was shot down over Belgium in 1940.

Jacob, from Leeds, loves aircraft and the RAF. He said:"I'm so excited to go because I'm going to go on an adventure.

"I love planes because I always saw them flying when I was little.

"It all started because I heard a Vulcan bomber when I was in mummy's tummy.

"I've been counting the days until we can go – it's the thing I am most excited about this year.

"This is the best birthday ever."

He added: "Dad said we'll be eating army rations but I hope we have some sweets too."

The trek will begin at the chapel where Al Deere's head was bandaged, nearby the exact spot where his spitfire crashed – and where it remains today buried 10 feet below ground.

They are raising cash for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.


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