Image caption Les Rutherford escaped Dunkirk by paddling out to sea on a shed door A veteran who escaped Dunkirk by paddling out to sea on a shed door has died at the age of 101.Les Rutherford became trapped while fighting a rear-guard action during the evacuation of the port.He and a fellow soldier used…

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Les Rutherford escaped Dunkirk by paddling out to sea on a shed door

A outdated skool who escaped Dunkirk by paddling out to sea on a shed door has died on the age of 101.

Les Rutherford became trapped whereas combating a rear-guard motion one day of the evacuation of the port.

He and a fellow soldier mature the door, which had been blown off a shed, to flee out to sea, where they had been picked up by a French trawler.

Tributes paid to Mr Rutherford described him as “an pretty man who will seemingly be sorely overlooked”.

Speaking previously about his exploits in Dunkirk, Mr Rutherford mentioned: “The exclaim was being bombed to bits.

“There was completely no hope, so one other chap and I made up my thoughts to put off this enormous door which had been blown off a shed and we establish out to sea.”

After being picked up, he mentioned he was given a tumbler of rum and returned to England carrying handiest a blanket and socks.

He later joined Bomber Insist and served as a bomb aimer within the RAF.

His characteristic was to lie flat within the nostril of the plane, directing the pilot one day of a bombing-bustle because the bombs had been released.

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Les Rutherford in a Lancaster bomber on his 90th birthday

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Mr Rutherford, who was based at RAF Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire, served with Bomber Insist

All over a raid over Germany in December 1943, Mr Rutherford was shot down and captured.

He was taken to Stalag Luft III rapidly sooner than the Colossal Lag took exclaim in March 1944, although he was no longer share of it.

Even as there, he exchanged chocolate for a pocket book which he mature to document existence within the camp.

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One among the photos in his pocket book depicted the Colossal Lag

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One other showed the withdrawal of troops from Stalag Luft III in 1945 in response to the Russian come

At the cease of the war he was repatriated to the UK.

Paying tribute, a spokesperson for the Worldwide Bomber Insist Centre, mentioned: “If ever a person served his country to the most practical possible requirements it was Les.

“Blue skies Les, and not using a slay in sight in our hearts.”

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