Kent

Funeral held for Kent fighter pilot Neville Croucher, 91

Neville Croucher in a Spitfire
Image caption Neville Croucher flew a Spitfire from Headcorn Aerodrome last summer

A funeral has been held in Kent for a 91-year-old former fighter pilot who last year fulfilled a lifelong ambition to fly a Spitfire.

Neville Croucher, from Chartham, near Canterbury, survived 800 combat hours in the cockpit of Hurricane fighters during World War Two.

He was laid to rest following a service at St Mary's Church in Chartham.

Reverend Phil Brown, who led the funeral, said he had "lived a very full life and was a real character".

'Baker's boy'

Mr Croucher grew up in Dover where he was a baker's boy. He dreamed of joining the RAF after a German fighter plane dropped a bomb close to where he was doing his rounds.

He was given the chance to fly a Spitfire from Headcorn Aerodrome last June having spent all his life wondering what it would be like to fly one of the famous planes.

At the time, he said: "What have I done to deserve this?

"I'm a nobody really. I'm still a baker's boy at heart."

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