The sweethearts were reunited after Wood, by then a widowed grandmother, switched on her television to watch a documentary about Spitfires, and was amazed to see Roddis appear on screen. When Joe Roddis and Betty Wood said a tearful farewell at Worthing railway station in 1944, they did not expect to meet again. The wartime Spitfire mechanic had fallen in love with the WAAF corporal but they could not be together because Wood had a fiance who was returning from the Middle East. She wrote to the television company, they met – fittingly enough, on a railway platform – and finally had their happy ending, setting up home together when Roddis was 83… But true love waits, in this case for 60 years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.