Sunday 25 February 2018

German WWII ace flies Spitfire for documentary

Hugo Broch took to the skies over Kent in a Spitfire.

Dan Snow ( Peter Byrne/PA)
Dan Snow ( Peter Byrne/PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

A German Second World War pilot has made his maiden voyage in a Spitfire.

Hugo Broch, 95, believes he was the first German pilot to ever fly in a Spitfire when he took off from the runway at Biggin Hill on Tuesday.

Filmed for presenter Dan Snow’s recently launched video-on-demand service, the footage will be shown in a documentary in October.

— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) June 27, 2017

Snow, who charted the flight’s progress, said it was “an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime event”.

“To have this exclusive opportunity to film with Hugo is exactly what we are aiming to offer viewers of,” he said.

Born on January 6 1922, Broch is a former Messerschmitt 109 fighter pilot and Luftwaffe ace.

During his career, he was credited with 81 victories in 324 missions and is a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross during the war – which was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

He also won the German Cross in Gold and the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class.

— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) June 27, 2017

The flight took place at Biggin Hill in Kent in a Spitfire owned by

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