'You could see the shells bursting': Bomber Command veteran shares his Second World War memories

  • Video report by ITV News Central's Jane Hesketh

One of the few surviving members of Bomber Command, 99-year-old Flight Lieutenant Les Rutherford, has been sharing his remarkable story.

Flight Lieutenant Rutherford, from North Hykeham in Lincolnshire, was a bomb aimer with 50 squadron based at RAF Skellingthorpe.

His Lancaster bomber was shot down over Frankfurt in 1943 and he spent the rest of the war, in the prisoner of war camp made famous by the film "The Grest Escape".

He was born in the same year the RAF was formed; he will be 100 later this year.