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RELUCTANT HERO; Agent who beat Nazis nuclear bid dies at 91.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE s.white@mirror.co.uk

FEW who fought the Nazis could match the bravery of volunteer Sigrid Green who helped sabotage Germany's nuclear bomb ambitions from behind enemy lines.

Yet recognition was the last thing on the mind of the British secret agent, known as Gusta, who has died aged 91.

After joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in 1942, she was seconded to the Norwegian resistance and sent to Nazioccupied Norway in a submarine. She had to pretend to be a boy because women were not allowed on submarines then.

Once there, Gusta spied on a heavy water factory developed for Germany's nuclear programme and helped plan the sabotage attack by the Heroes of Telemark, immortalised in the 1965 film. The 1943 destruction of the plant by Norwegian commandos was hailed as the greatest operation of its kind during the war.

After her mission, Sigrid walked from Norway to neutral Sweden and escaped in the empty bomb bay of a Mosquito plane. She returned to Bletchley Park to help the war-winning Enigma code crackers.

After the war, spinster Sigrid kept her heroics a secret and led an ordinary life in Darwen, Lancs. She only agreed to go public after seeing a film about undercover agents in France.

Last year she received a letter of thanks from PM David Cameron and a Bletchley Park medal. She died at a care home on Friday in Darwen. In a rare interview at the time she said modestly: "During the war thousands of people did extraordinary things they never dreamed they could do. Some more than others - but that's life."

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