A 95-YEAR-OLD veteran is to recreate the parachute jump he made in 1944 during the Second World War.
John Jeffries has not jumped out of a plane for more than 70 years but the plucky hero has decided to do it again.
And this time when he parachutes into Arnhem in the Netherlands on September 15 he won’t be shot at, unlike the last time.
Mr Jeffries, from Richmond in North Yorkshire, was in the Royal Corps of Signals in the war and parachuted in as part of Operation Market Garden, intended to secure bridges.
On his descent he was shot at and became a prisoner of war until he was later freed by US forces.
Mr Jeffries is doing the jump with a club in Arnhem.
“It’ll be nice being able to jump again at Arnhem but this time without being shot at.”
Mr Jeffries’s leap will be one of two jumps in a week.
He will do a tandem jump with the Red Devils, the Parachute Regiment’s display team, in an event at Peterlee, Co Durham.
The former art teacher added: “It has been 74 years since my last parachute drop but I am coming out of retirement for the Blood Bikers and I can’t wait.”
His daughter Lynn Tomkinson said: “After jumping out of a plane at 95, we never know what dad will do next.”