Spitfire team solve ‘MARRY ME’ message mystery

The huge message on a hillside in the national park
The huge message on a hillside in the national park

A mystery over a huge ‘MARRY ME’ message spotted from a Spitfire flying over Chichester has been solved.

Former Royal Air Force pilot Dave ‘Rats’ Ratcliffe and one of his passengers got a surprise when they spotted the giant romantic gesture adorning a hillside in the South Downs National Park.

It left Rats, a pilot for The Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood, wondering who the message was intended for and what their response was.

Suspecting a fellow pilot was behind it, the academy team set out to find the couple, asking everyone they know to post on social media and now the power of the internet has solved the intrigue.

The man behind the proposal was Benjamin Wolfe, Boultbee said.

He was proposing to Lacey Jordan.

And thankfully she said yes.

As well as solving marital mysteries, The Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood flies 600 people a year in their two-seat Spitfire, with some of the world’s foremost aviators at the controls.