A pilot who flew Spitfires during the Second World War was taken up and away again in order to celebrate his 92nd birthday.


Bill Sanders, who now lives in a care home in Bromley, was flown by helicopter from Denham Aerodrome to the RAF Museum in London.
He and his wife Mabel, 96, were flown by pilot Dave Vasey from the aerodrome in Tilehouse Way, to view Spitfires at the museum like the ones he used to fly in daylight raids over Europe.


Before he took off, Bill said: "This is such a dream come true, I really can't believe it. It will be good to be up in the skies again and to see the beautiful Spitfires on display at the museum. It really will be the trip of a lifetime."


During the 1940s, Bill was a Flight Lieutenant in the 609 Squadron stationed at Biggin Hill, Kent and later RAF Duxford.
He flew with Polish, Czech and Commonwealth pilots, as well as escorting the first American bombers in raids over Europe throughout the war.
In 1941, he was escorting bombers to Lille and ran out of fuel on the return flight, crashing his Spitfireinto a concrete gun turret.
He sustained horrific injuries, writing off the Spitfire completely, but recovered to fly again the following year.


Maggie Candy, Bill's nurse at his caring home, said: "Bill's stories are fascinating and give a wonderful insight into the days gone by and an opportunity to celebrate his fantastic achievements."