12/06/2024
Norwich, GB 13 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.

EILEEN ASH, aged 110

Before the war she played test cricket for England and then joined MI6. She resumed her cricket career and went on to be the world’s oldest test cricketer.

STELLA JAYE EDWARDS, aged 103

Learning to fly at the start of the Second World War, she was a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary, flying and delivering all types of planes around the country.

Dambusters in action

LAWRENCE GOODMAN, aged 100

Lawrence ‘Benny’ Goodman is the last surviving British Dambuster pilot from the Second World War. He had a number of close shaves in the war and ended up as part of the Squadron 617, which unleashed Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb on German targets, with the intention of bringing the war to an end. He was highly decorated.