Hugo Broch, born on 6 January 1922 in Leichlingen, Prussia, Weimar Republic, is one of Germany's most highly decorated World War Two pilots. He had a special day. He never thought he could fly the most successful and iconic British figther ever built. At age 95 he has fulfilled a long held ambition to fly in a Spitfire, the two seat Tr.9 MJ627.

"The Spitfire was greatly respected. With these machines you have a feeling of being free, and being able tod do what you want. The Spitfire is a good machine, he's a good pilot and I have again experienced what flying is and how beautiful flying is. Wonderful, wonderful", said Hugo Broch after fulfilling his dream.    

Flying in his Messerschmitt Bf 109, he was credited with 81 victories in 324 missions, all on the Eastern Front and Courland Pocket. He was recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership, among other awards. In January 1943 he arrived on the Eastern Front to serve in II/Jagdgeschwader 54, and claimed his first victory two months later. 

Spitfire Tr.9 MJ627 (G-BMSB). Serve with 441 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, coded 9G-Q. Sold in 1950 to Vickers for conversion into a two-seat trainer, carried Class B markings G-15-171. To Irish Air Corps in June 1951 as 158; ground instruction airframe from April 1960. Sold to Tim Davies in February 1964, registered G-ASOZ. Sold to Maurice Bayliss in September 1976, re-registered G-BMSB. Restored to airworthy condition and flew again on 8 November 1993 marked 9G-Q. As of October 2016 owned by Warbird Experiences Ltd, based at Biggin Hill airfield.

The Spitfire flight was filmed for Dan Snow’s recently launched video-on-demand service and will be aired in October. Snow described the experience as “an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime event”. He added: “To have this exclusive opportunity to film with Hugo is exactly what we are aiming to offer viewers”, Mirror reported.


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