Grantham witnesses Spitfire flypast

The flypast this afternoon. Photo: Toby Roberts.
The flypast this afternoon. Photo: Toby Roberts.
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Five World War II Spitfires buzzed over Grantham town centre rooftops this afternoon.

The quintet of fighter planes were part of a flypast event to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Unternehmen Adlerangriff on August 13, 1940 – the beginning of the German operation to try and destroy the Royal Air Force, to enable an invasion of Great Britain.

Five Spitfires buzzed over Grantham town centre roof tops on Thursday afternoon.

Five Spitfires buzzed over Grantham town centre roof tops on Thursday afternoon.

A total of up 13 Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and others privately owned were expected to take off from Humberside airport around 4pm, after which they split into three separate flight routes.

The aircraft that flew over town started at Grimsby and continued via Mablethorpe, Skegness and Boston, effectively turning round at Grantham before returning via Newark, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe.

Sight of the WWII planes over town today. Photo: Toby Roberts.

Sight of the WWII planes over town today. Photo: Toby Roberts.

The Spitfires over Grantham today. Photo: Toby Roberts.

The Spitfires over Grantham today. Photo: Toby Roberts.