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The Great Escape

  • Charles Clarke and his crew
    "It was every boy's ambition to join the Air Force"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was 20 years old when he was shot down over enemy territory serving in Bomber Command. He was captured whilst trying to flee to safety in Switzerland and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III during the time of the Great Escape. Charles shares his recollections of life in the RAF and as a PoW in Stalag Luft III.

  • Squadron Leader Roger Bushell
    Remembering the men of 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.

  • Stalag Luft III
    "We will remember them"

    Author and historian Steve Darlow today joined air force veterans at Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Great Escape. 

  • A drawing of the Great Escape
    "The plan was for 200 men to get out"

    In an interview with the late RAF veteran Jack Lyon. he explained how the PoWs at Stalag Luft III were split into three groups as they carefully planned their escape.

  • Great Escape 70th anniversary film screening
    World War Two POWs recall 'The Great Escape' at Special 70th Anniversary Film Screening

    World War Two prisoners of war Jack Lyon, aged 96, and Charles Clarke, aged 90, shared their recollections of ‘The Great Escape’ at a special screening of the film to mark the 70th anniversary of the bid for freedom from the infamous POW camp Stalag Luft III.

  • Jack Lyon and other RAF personnel
    "Something's afoot!"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon, 96, was 25 when he entered Stalag Luft III's north compound. He became involved in the Great Escape after being moved from the east to the north compound but, he says, escape information was strictly on a 'need to know' basis and he had no idea how truly audacious the plan was.

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