89-year-old D-Day Vet Parachutes From Plane

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An 89-year-old D-Day veteran parachuted in tandem into the French village of Ranville on Thursday, to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day in front of Britain's Prince Charles. (June 5)

SHOTLIST:

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Ranville, France - June 5, 2014

1. Mid, airplane dropping parachutes in sky

2. Wide, Jock Hutton with tandem parachutist in sky

3. Hutton and parachutist land on ground

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jock Hutton, 89 year old D-Day veteran:

"I was very relaxed with all my companions in the aircraft. And, yeah, they make it, make you feel very relaxed. But I wanted to get out of that door."

5. Wide, Hutton in sky

6. Wide, freefall display team in sky

7. Mid, Prince Charles shaking hands with Hutton

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jock Hutton, 89 year old D-Day veteran:

"Well, we dropped very low. We did not stay in the air as long as we did today, but yeah, I left the aircraft at about 500 feet."

9. Mid, Prince Charles looking up at parachutists in sky

10. Wide, parachutists in sky with plane

STORYLINE:

A 89-year-old D-Day veteran parachuted in tandem into the French village of Ranville on Thursday, to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day in front of Britain's Prince Charles.

Jock Hutton, who was born in Stirling, Scotland, served with the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion, and took part in the drop to secure Ranville behind the German lines.

He got injured by a shrapnel in the stomach and legs on June 22 1944 and after three weeks returned to his platoon.

Seventy years later he sounded sharp, in good shape and full of humour.

"I was very relaxed with all my companions in the aircraft. And, yeah, they make it, make you feel very relaxed. But I wanted to get out of that door," he said a few minutes after the landing.

Remembering the 1944 landing, he explained that the jump was much different.

"We dropped very low. We did not stay in the air as long as we did today, but yeah, I left the aircraft at about 500 feet (152 metres)," he explained.

300 parachutists from UK, Canada, USA and France have jumped to mark the anniversary of the action which brought the allied forces behind the German lines.

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