2019 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.
Today we remember the 50 men who were murdered by the Gestapo after escaping from Stalag Luft III in The Great Escape.
Of the 76 men who escaped from Stalag Luft III, three managed to reach safety, 50 were shot, 17 were returned to Sagan, four were sent to Sachsenhausen and two were sent to Colditz Castle. In this blog, former PoW Charles Clarke tell us about finally being released from the camp.
As the PoWs began to escape through the tunnel on the night of 24 March 1944, it was a long wait for Jack Lyon as he stood in the queue in Hut 104. In this blog, Jack tells us about that historic night and the eventual discovery of the tunnel by the guards.
Our interviews with former Stalag Luft III PoWs Charles Clarke and Jack Lyon.