Extraordinary story of WW2"s Starfish Sites designed to look like burning cities which saved 2,500 lives

Operation Starfish: Extraordinary story of Second World War sites designed to look like burning cities which saved 2,500 lives and diverted 730 air raids Starfish decoy towns in Britain helped to dupe Nazi aircraft during Blitz They were built to lure enemy bombers away from more populated areasTanks containing diesel and paraffin were placed on top of 20ft towersDiesel was released onto coke or coal before water was released on topCaused a virtual explosion of fire and steam, looking like a burning town By Paul Harris PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 2 March 2013 It sounds a little like something Captain Mainwaring might have dreamed up. But don’t panic – not all the fires that raged across Britain during Hitler’s bombing onslaught were homes and factories ablaze. For a cunning plan to build decoy towns and set them alight bamboozled the Luftwaffe into believing they had hit their targets.

Tony Greig: Ex-England cricket captain dies of a heart attack at 66

Former England cricket captain and TV commentator Tony Greig dies of a heart attack at 66South African-born star was diagnosed with lung cancer two months agoHe told colleagues, 'It's not good, it's a case of what they can do'Greig played for England in 58 tests before quitting to join breakaway series | UPDATED: 19:00 GMT, 29 December 2012 Former England captain and television commentator Tony Greig has died in Sydney at the age of 66 Former England cricket captain and television commentator Tony Greig has died of a heart attack at the age of 66. The South African-born all-rounder was diagnosed with lung cancer two months ago. Greig played 58 Tests for England – 14 of them as skipper – before quitting the team to join Australian tycoon Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series.

Zimmerman: How bodyguards made Trayvon Martin killer vanish on first release – secret plan revealed in lawsuit

Quick change in the toilet, GPS trackers and body armour: The secret plan that let George Zimmerman vanish on first release revealed The plan included swapping vehicles and clothes on the way to a hideoutZimmerman, 29, is on $1million bail whilst awaiting his murder trialHis former bodyguards have filed a suit claiming he owes them $27,000 | UPDATED: 12:29 GMT, 28 December 2012 George Zimmerman is facing trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin which has sparked outrage across America.

Puppet-master Gerry Anderson went to war with his real Lady Penelope

Puppet-master who went to war with his real Lady Penelope: How Gerry Anderson was haunted by his divorce from the beauty who voiced his leading lady in Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson died yesterday aged 83 after battle with Alzheimer's diseaseBorn in 1929 and spent early life in a one-bedroom flat in north-west LondonMarried first wife Betty Wrightman in the Fifties and they had two daughtersBut he had affair with Sylvia Thamm and they were married from 1960-1975Sylvia voiced Lady Penelope but their split was acrimonious when son was 8 Wed Mary Robins, a secretary 20 years his junior, in 1981 and had one son | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 December 2012 Each week a young Gerry Anderson waited eagerly for letters from his elder brother who was training to become an RAF pilot at an American airfield in Arizona during World War II. Sergeant Pilot Lionel Anderson went on to fly two tours with 515 Squadron over occupied Europe. One day in 1944 his family received the letter everyone dreaded — they were told the pilot was missing in action over Holland.

Creator of Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson dies aged 83 after long Alzheimer"s battle

'Inspirational' creator of Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson dies aged 83 after long Alzheimer's battle Father of four created classic sci-fi series but had been battling dementia One of Britain's leading creative brains over six-decade production career Family is 'touched by the outpouring of gratitude for what dad did for TV' | UPDATED: 00:48 GMT, 27 December 2012 Gerry Anderson, the creator of classic TV series Thunderbirds and Stingray, has died aged 83. The father of four, of Nuffield, Oxfordshire, who also created the Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 shows – had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for almost three years and died peacefully in his sleep

Prince Harry fires 100lb Hellfire missile in Afghanistan airstrike attack on the Taliban

Prince Harry fires 100lb Hellfire missile in Afghanistan airstrike attack on the TalibanGunship co-pilot, 27, unleashed missile in October airstrike Apache unit has the highest ‘kill rate’ in the war | UPDATED: 12:19 GMT, 23 December 2012 Enlarge Apache co-pilot Prince Harry was responsible for unleashing the 100lb Hellfire missile Apache co-pilot Prince Harry launched a missile attack on the Taliban in a devastating airstrike in Afghanistan.

Camp Bastion: At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan

At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan It is a tradition for officers to serve lower ranks their meal on Christmas DayThird in line has offered to take help out by carving turkey at Camp Bastion | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012 Prince Harry is to add some royal cheer to festive celebrations at Camp Bastion by serving up Christmas lunch. The third in line has offered to take help out by carving a huge turkey to dish out to hundreds of junior soldiers at Camp Bastion