26/02/2024
Norwich, GB 4 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

CAPTAIN VYVYAN HOWARD, aged 102

A Second World War bomber, he was shot down over Norway and sent to the notorious POW camp, Stalag Luft 3, where he contributed to the Wooden Horse and the Great Escape – the last survivor of that famous incident.

PAULINE GILL, aged 97

A WREN who was recruited to work for Bletchley Park during it’s wartime codebreaking programme, she kept her secrets for many years until they wereaccidentally uncovered.

LORNA COCKAYNE, aged 97

Recruited to Bletchley Park during the war she became one of the first ever computer operators – and read Hitler’s messages.

JEAN ARGLES, aged 97

She worked as an SOE operative, running agents throughout the war and deciphering codes, as her sister worked with Bletchley Park and her father was in a POW camp.

IRENE OWENS, aged 102

She found religion at university and joined the Oxford Group. After spending her war working for the ARP, she was proactive in supplying aid to the newly independent Zimbabwe.

SIMONE SEGOUIN, aged 97

French Resistance partisan who carried out her work with a stolen bike and stolen gun, she was made famous by an American magazine and fought at the liberation of Paris

HAROLD WALMSLEY, aged 98

A Second World War flying Ace, he flew many missions in his Spitfire and was shot down in Belgium. After escaping, he went on to have a distinguished RAF career.

CAROLYN GRACE, aged 71

The world’s only qualified female Spitfire pilot who flew her own plane at airshows, she tragically died in the same manner as her husband.

MONIQUE HANOTTE, aged 101

A Belgian schoolgirl who joined the Comet Line, rescuing Allied airmen from the Nazis, she was forced into a daring escape herself.

TED OATES, aged 101

Growing up in Huddersfield he joined the TA and the Army and had a dramatic escape through Belgium and France andwas part of the evacuation of Dunkirk. His story became the basis of a film.