Incredible true story comes to life this week 70 years on

Spitfire XVIe, TE311 taking its first flight after a 12-year restoration project
Spitfire XVIe, TE311 taking its first flight after a 12-year restoration project

One of the most remarkable stories locally from the Second World War is set to be celebrated this weekend, on the anniversary marking 70 years since the incident took place.

On February 14 1945, Margaret Horton a WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) based at Hibaldstow clung to the tail of a Spitfire while it was in flight-and lived to tell the tale.

It was usual for WAAF’s to sit on tailplanes to help while taxiing in rough weather, but on this particular day the pilot took off without giving Margaret a chance to get off. Thankfully the pilot soon noticed the plane was not handling correctly and brought it back to land. Remarkably Margaret then got off relieved she had survived the ordeal unscathed and was still living to tell the tale of her ordeal.

Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage has organised a talk by Squadron Leader, Andrew Milikin of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and a special exhibition commemorating the Spitfire flight of Margaret Horton and the history of Hibaldstow Airfield during World War Two.

This Friday, February 13, at Hibaldstow Airfield, the talk will be in the new SkyDive Clubhouse starting at 7pm. Andrew will explore the Spitfire AB910 and the work of the flight.

Tickets for the talk cost only £5 in advance or £6 on the door.

Buy your tickets from Brigg Tourist Information Centre, or call 01652 657053. Numbers are limited.

Evening meals will be available to buy in the Clubhouse before the talk. Call 01652 648837 to book a table.

A special exhibition will be unveiled this Saturday, February 14, at Hibaldstow Airfield at 10am. This is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Spitfire flight of Margaret Horton and the story of the airfield in World War Two.

Coun Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council said: “Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage have held some brilliant talks so far that have been very popular with aviation enthusiasts. As well as other people who just want to learn about North Lincolnshire’s history during World War Two.

“I’m sure this fourth talk by Squadron Leader, Andrew Milikin is going to be just as popular. It is also great to see this new exhibition being unveiled, adding further to the projects work. This will be the perfect day out.”

The exhibition will be open to the public at the SkyDive Clubhouse. It is free admission and will be open from 10am to 4pm. This exhibition is open for one day only.