The family of the Alfie Frapp - thought to be the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war - have said he will now "light up heaven" after he died, aged 98.
His niece Patricia Fripp announced her uncle's death on Facebook.
She wrote: "For the friends of Uncle Bill, AKA Alfie. He passed away this morning surrounded by his family. He never complained, was always cheerful and will light up Heaven."
Mr Fripp spent almost all of the Second World War in captivity after his plane was shot down by the Luftwaffe in 1939.
Casting his mind back to the fateful day in 1939 when they were shot down, he added: "We were forced to hedge-hop at six feet to avoid being attacked again by a Messerschmitt in a cloudless sky. We crash landed after colliding with the treetops."
More top news
Northern and Western areas keep best of sunshine in next few days.
Eduardo Paes says that despite Brazil's political turmoil Rio de Janeiro is ready to welcome the world for the 2016 Games.
France will host the tournament from June 10 to July 10, with hundreds of thousands of fans set to flock to the country.