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Hero D-Day veteran John Hutton dies aged 96 a year after parachute jump to mark 75th anniversary of landings

A D-DAY veteran has died at the age of 96 – a year after a historic parachute jump which marked the 75th anniversary of the landings.

John Hutton, known affectionately as Jock, was 19 when he served in the Lancashire Parachute Battalion during World War Two.

The war veteran, from Stirling, Scotland, died on Wednesday.

Last year, he parachuted into Normandy with ex-serviceman Harry Read, 95, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the D-Day landings.

The pair took off from Duxford, Cambs, in a Dakota aircraft before making tandem jumps over Sannerville in Normandy.

The ex-servicemen were re-enacting the bravery of the soldiers who were central to the landings in 1944.

Around 280 took part in the jump off the French coast, including World War II veterans.

The Ministry of Defence posted on Twitter: “We are saddened by the passing of D-Day veteran John “Jock” Hutton who served in the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.

“Last year Jock touched the hearts of many, parachuting over Normandy at the #DDay75 commemorations.

“His courage and spirit must never be forgotten.”

The veteran was transferred to airborne forces in late 1943 after serving with the Black Watch.

He joined the Lancashire Battalion after taking a parachute course at RAF Ringway. The site of the base is now Manchester airport.

He jumped into Normandy on June 6 1944. He was wounded in the stomach from mortar fire during a patrol weeks later.

In 2014, he was photographed shaking Prince Charles’s hand following his jump over Normandy.

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