Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Great Escape' Spitfire to fetch €3.5m


An RAF Spitfire once flown by a veteran of the Great Escape and painstakingly restored over five years is expected to fetch up to £2.5m (€3.5m) at auction.

The legendary fighter aircraft, dubbed the ballerina because of its grace in the skies, was originally piloted by Old Etonian Peter Cazenove during the evacuation of Dunkirk.

He was shot down by a single bullet on May 24, 1940, and despite radioing in to say "Tell mother I'll be home for tea!" he crashed on the Calais coast and was captured.

His plane remained buried in the beach until the 1980s when tides exposed it.

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