Volunteers save the day after mobility scooter stolen from former Spitfire pilot, 94

PUBLISHED: 10:18 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:18 17 June 2015

Rodney Diran Scrase with his new scooter

Rodney Diran Scrase with his new scooter


They bought him a new one

Rodney Diran Scrase with his new scooterRodney Diran Scrase with his new scooter

Volunteers have clubbed together to buy a new mobility scooter for a 94-year-old war veteran after the one he had was stolen.

The scooter was taken from outside Flight Lieutenant Rodney Scrase’s house in Bromley on Wednesday, June 3. Two men were seen loading it into the back of a white van before driving off.

Mr Scrase was a Spitfire pilot in the Second World War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is given to pilots who have shown “valour, courage or devotion to duty”.

He is very dependent on his scooter, as he has limited movement and strength in his legs.

So when Geoff Nutkins, the curator of the Shoreham Aircraft Museum in Sevenoaks, heard the news, he contacted all the museum’s volunteers – who agreed to club together and get Mr Scrase a new set of wheels.

Mr Scrase is a regular at the museum and has often attended signing events there alongside other veterans.

He served with 72 Squadron from 1942, operating over Tunisia and Italy, and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant in 1944.

Mr Scrase was presented with his new scooter on Sunday, when he and his wife Sue were invited to the museum for their usual afternoon chat with the visitors.

Dave Jones, from the museum, said: “He was astonished and made a short thank-you speech thanking the volunteers and Geoff for their kindness.

“He was last seen driving along Shoreham High Street at speed!”

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