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Great Escape

Commemorating the 70th anniversary

The escape from the World War II prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III 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

  • Jack Lyon
    "The game is up"

    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.

VIDEOS

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

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