A COMPANY director from Windsor was part of an elite group of ex military men and women who retrained to gain their 'wings' in memory of those who took part in the D-Day invasion.

Tim Cook, 57, of Clarence Road, Windsor was part of a group of 24 men and women who flew low over a memorial service earlier this month, before jumping from an original WWII C-47 Dakota aircraft onto the same fields at Normandy as courageous liberators landed 75 years ago.

In the early hours of June 6, 1944 the first invasion force of D-Day was a small group of men from the Special Air Service who parachuted into Normandy as part of the Operation Titanic deception operations designed to cause confusion amongst the occupying forces. Their mission included playing battle sounds through large speakers as well as dropping 500 exploding dummy parachutists.

Moments after the SAS mission was under way, Operation Tonga began as 8,500 paratroopers from the British 6th Airborne Division dropped onto the fields near Caen in Normandy.

Mr Cook says he was proud to do a commemorative parachute jump near Caen during this year’s 75th D-Day Anniversary celebrations.

He said: "It’s been 32 years since I was a military parachutist and I can tell you it is just as terrifying now as it was then. I have been on a parachute retraining course at Teuge in the Netherlands in April, where we did five static line jumps to qualify."

His son Robbie made a film from the occasion.

The team wore the same kit and dress as those used by the men who took those terrible risks back in 1944.

Mr Cook runs his own company recruitment company Kafue.

He and his wife Louise are parents of four.