Ralph Mayville: World War II paratrooper veteran does first sky dive aged 92

WWII paratrooper does first sky dive aged 92
Ralph Mayville was a veteran of the elite ‘Black Devils’  paratrooper unit (Picture: Youtube/Shannon Martin)

A 92-year-old World War II paratrooper veteran has finally earned his jump wings.

The great-grandfather did his first skydive 69 years after the war finished in 1945 – before he had the chance to jump.

Ralph Mayville had joined and trained with the elite Canadian and American paratrooper unit, The Black Devils, missing out on the chance to do a parachute jump before Germany and Japan surrendered.

While the Canadian had been given jump wings by the American and Canadian military, he has never felt able to wear them on his uniform.

After landing, he had the wings pinned to his jump jacket by a fellow Black Devil veteran.

Mr Mayville jumped from 14,000 feet with a skydiving instructor saying of the experience: ‘It was so beautiful.’

26 May 2014 | 12:53 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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