Britain finest! One of UK’s last fighter aces vows to live to 100 so he can fly in his beloved plane last time
One of Britain’s last Second World War fighter aces says that he’s determined to reach his 100th birthday so he can fly his beloved Spitfire for a final time.
Squadron Leader, Allan Scott, is one of the last remaining UK aces left alive and is the only one still living from the Battle of Malta.
With 13 confirmed enemy kills, the steely pensioner from Witney, Oxfordshire, later became a test pilot, flying the supersonic English Electric Lightning.
And despite his age, the 97-year-old is still a fan of danger and enjoys spins in his beloved Mercedes sports car.
Allan said: “I aim to at least get to my 100th birthday because Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar have promised me that I can fly the Spitfire, and I’m looking forward to that.”
Allan joined the Royal Air Force aged just 18 in 1940 and went on to serve across Europe, rising to the rank of Squadron Leader.
He flew in the Battle of Malta in 1942 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal by King George VI.
He said: “The Spitfire saved my life.
“To me it is an iconic aircraft which was absolutely suitable for combat.
“It fitted you like an overcoat. When you got into a Spitfire your shoulders fitted either side.
“When the aircraft moved, you moved with it. In combat this was most essential because you could fly it instinctively.
“If the pilot had the skill he could use it to out manoeuvre all enemies and beat the Messerschmitt.
“That saved my life a number of times.
“It was a marvellous aircraft, I loved it and still do.
“It’s Britain’s most iconic creation, it’s a wonderful aircraft.”
Allan says he has a stoic attitude about the dwindling number of WW2 fighter aces following the recent deaths of fellow aces Geoffrey Wellum and Tom ‘Ginger’ Neil.
The great-grandfather said: “It was sad.
“But we fighter pilots are a strange lot. In the war, we had to be callous because the odds were so much against us.
“We accepted this and when we came back if you found old Rob or Johnny or one of your friends had been shot down you had be to callous.
“You didn’t mourn them, you said just ‘poor old Johnny got the chop’ otherwise you’d never get airborne again.
“You can’t afford to be emotional or dwell on it because your turn could be next.
“We had a life expectancy of 15 minutes when we were in combat. If you were unlucky, that was it.”
Initially serving in England, Allan was posted to Malta while the island was being besieged.
Recalling one particularly scary moment in the skies above the Mediterranean, Allan said: “I shot the bomber down but exhausted my ammunition so I spiralled down towards the sea to escape back to Malta because I couldn’t do anything.