One of the last Spitfire pilots from the Battle of Britain was honoured at his funeral with a fitting flypast of the iconic aircraft.
Squadron Leader Nigel Rose shot down four German planes and also survived being attacked by a Messerschmitt 110 over the Channel during World War Two.
Despite the dogfight he managed to return to RAF Westhampnett and landed without any brakes, flaps or radio.
The war hero passed away at the age of 99 on September 10 and was laid to rest in his home town of Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, on Saturday (23/9).
To mark his burial a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight performed three flypasts over St Eignon Church.
Friends, family – including his daughter, best-selling novelist Barbara Erskine – and dignitaries all attended to say a final farewell at the emotional service.
A spokesman for RAF Cosford said: “It was a poignant and fitting way to say goodbye to a national war hero
“The Queen’s Colour Squadron performed beautifully taking the coffin from the church to the Hurst.
“As the Spitfire dropped on the final occasion it waggled its wings which was a farewell from one fighter pilot to another.
“You have to be pretty noteworthy to get a flypast and it showed the magnitude of his service to his country.”