DECORATED Mildura war hero Dudley Marrows has died, aged 101.
Mr Marrows, a flight lieutenant, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his role in a battle on July 30, 1943, when he piloted a Sunderland flying boat that sank a German U-boat.
In an act of mercy, he dropped a dinghy into the water to rescue 15 German crewmen of the submarine who were later picked up by a British warship and taken prisoner.
The accountant became a Wentworth Shire councillor in the 1950s and had a long career as a citrus grower, developing varieties such as Summer Gold.
He was one of the first to introduce drip irrigation and won the Irrigation Association Award for "Innovation in Irrigation".
By the 1990s, Marrows Estates was about 3500 acres including 270 acres of citrus.
In 2015 Mr Marrows received France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, for his role in liberating the country during the war.