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The Great Escape

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of this daring escape

This year marks 75 years since the escape of Allied airmen from the World War Two prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III which took place on the night of 24–25 March 1944. Two hundred airmen had planned to escape through man-made tunnels and 76 found their way to freedom; 73 were later captured. The chief organiser of the escape plan was RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. Find out more about the Great Escape.

BLOGS

  • Great Escape commemorations in Poland
    Airmen of the Great Escape remembered 75 years on

    What makes the Great Escape from North Compound, Stalag Luft III in March 1944 so remarkable? The sheer audacity of the incarcerated airmen, their ambition and the scale of the planned breakout.

  • Bram Vanderstok
    How pilot Bram Vanderstok found his way to freedom in the Great Escape

    Seventy-five years ago to the day, a group of POWs were preparing to crawl to freedom through a 300-foot long tunnel in what would become known as the Great Escape. One of the inmates at Stalag Luft III was Bram Vanderstok, a Dutch Spitfire pilot, and one of only three men to make a 'home run'.

VIDEOS

Our interviews with former Stalag Luft III PoWs Charles Clarke and Jack Lyon.

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