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One of the last surviving World War Two Spitfire aces who ‘downed 13 enemy planes’ dies aged 99

ONE of the last surviving World War Two Spitfire aces has died aged 99.

Allan Scott downed up to 13 enemy planes, more than double the number needed to be an ace.

Allan notched his first in 1941 as he defended the English Channel from a Luftwaffe raid.

In 1942 he won a Distinguished Flying Medal and shot down five more enemy planes in the turning point Battle of Malta.

Three of the kills were on one day.  Recalling the battle last year, he said: “I got my sights on one [Junkers Ju] 88 and opened fire with a good three-second burst.

“Bits flew off and an engine was hit, smoke pouring out. A dogfight was in progress with Spitfires and [Messerschmitt] 109s weaving all over the sky. I managed to destroy a 109… and destroy another.”

Allan, later a civilian test pilot, claimed seven more “probable” kills.

The great-grandad, who lived in Witney, Oxfordshire, admitted to being terrified during the duels.

He joked last year: “”These encounters happened in a flash and were far too close for comfort. Not only did the hair stand up on end, there was always the risk that a new pair of trousers would be needed on landing.”

He flew countless dangerous missions, but came through the war unscathed. He said none his planes were struck by so much as a single Nazi bullet.

He last flew a Spitfire to mark the RAF’s 2018 centenary.

He had planned a final 100th birthday flight next year.

In later life he was an avid supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund which cares for veteran pilots and crew.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, the charity’s head, said: “Allan was a remarkable man, indefatigable in his championing of RAF veterans and their sacrifices during the Second World War.

“His love of flying was evident in his determination to return to the cockpit of a Spitfire,” Air Vice Marshall Elliot added.

“The news of his passing comes at a time when we are turning our thoughts to the brave men who defended our skies during the Battle of Britain, 80 years ago.

“Although Allan missed this battle by just a few months, he shared the selflessness and sense of duty of all of those quiet heroes who to them were just doing their job and risking it all for our futures. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all of his friends at the Fund.”

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