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Jacob meets Spitfire ace Allan Scott and the last Dambuster Johnny Johnson

Five-year-old fundraiser Jacob Newson has raised more than £6,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund after climbing Yorkshire peak Pen-y-Ghent. As a thank you for his incredible support, the Fund invited Jacob along to a special event in Oxfordshire where he got to meet his heroes and watch a P-51 Mustang take to the skies.


Allan Scott DFM meets Jacob

Five-year-old Jacob Newson and Second World War veteran Allan Scott DFM chat about Spitfires in front of a Mark IX model in Oxfordshire yesterday. Photo: Keith Barnes Photography.

Jacob and Johnny Johnson

The last Dambuster Johnny Johnson shows his DFC medal to five-year-old RAF fan Jacob Newson. Photo: Keith Barnes Photography.

Jacob meets Allan Scott, Len Manning and Rusty Waughman

Five-year-old Jacob Newson is thanked by Second World War veterans Spitfire ace Allan Scott DFM, Lancaster pilot Rusty Waughman DFC and rear gunner Len Manning, Legion d’Honneur, for raising £6,000 in support of their fellow RAF comrades. Photo: Keith Bar

Jacob Newson climbs Pen y Ghent

Jacob before his climb to the top!

Jacob Newson climbs Pen y Ghent
Jacob Newson climbs Pen y Ghent
Jacob Newson climbs Pen y Ghent

Jacob loves the Royal Air Force so much, he climbed one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent, to raise £6,000 for the charity.

Jacob and his Dad Andy with medals

Andy and Jacob Newson with their RAF Benevolent Fund medals.

Jacob, whose favourite aircraft is a Spitfire, was excited to meet Allan and show him his model of a Spitfire. While chatting to Johnny, the bomb aimer showed him the Distinguished Flying Medal he was awarded for his part in the famous Dambusters raid. Flt Sgt Len Manning, a rear gunner on Lancaster bombers, and Flt Lt Rusty Waughman, a Lancaster pilot, were also there to speak to Jacob and thank him on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Jacob’s fundraising began in tribute to the RAF who had fixed it for him to meet the Red Arrows and take their salute, at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo. Jacob, a huge RAF fan, was over the moon and, along with his father Andy, the Leeds youngster decided he wanted to give something back.

Jacob was treated to a special afternoon thanks to Aces High Fine Art, which organised the day.

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