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Decades-long war mystery finally solved: Family’s relief as fate of Portadown SAS hero who died in WWII is revealed

Revelations about the true fate of a SAS hero from Portadown who died in a mission into occupied France in 1944 have brought closure at last for his family. Linda Stewart talks to relatives of Lance Corporal Howard Lutton about the circumstances of his death

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Memories: (from far left) SAS hero Lance Corporal Howard Lutton and his brothers Geordie and Willie

Memories: (from far left) SAS hero Lance Corporal Howard Lutton and his brothers Geordie and Willie

Memories: (from far left) SAS hero Lance Corporal Howard Lutton and his brothers Geordie and Willie

More than 70 years after the end of World War Two, an elderly man in Australia is still grieving over the loss of his big brother in an SAS mission into occupied France in July 1944.

But thanks to new research uncovered by author and journalist Damien Lewis, Portadown-born Ron Lutton - now aged 86 and living in Queensland - has finally discovered the circumstances surrounding the death of his brother Howard all those years ago.

In November, the Belfast Telegraph revealed the full story behind one of the most daring SAS raids of the war - as uncovered in the book SAS: Band of Brothers - and that story has led to closure for the surviving relatives of one of the team, who came from Northern Ireland.


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