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  • Charles Clarke
    "Everyone used to say you'll be home for Christmas, but no one said which Christmas"

    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.

  • 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.

  • Team RAFBF Lossiemouth get ready to fundraise for RAF96

    A volunteer fundraising group based at RAF Lossiemouth is getting involved in our RAF96 celebrations by hosting a range of fundraising activities to support our work. In a guest blog, Karen Cox, a member of Team RAFBF Lossiemouth, tells us more.

  • "Without the film, who'd remember the 50 who were murdered?"

    Of the 76 who escaped from Stalag Luft III, 50 were handed over to the Gestapo and shot dead. In this blog, former PoW Charles Clarke tells us how The Great Escape film has helped ensure that these men are never forgotten.

  • "The trouble with prison life is that we were all very young people. It seemed an age for us"

    Former PoW Charles Clarke tells us what life was like for the prisoners at Stalag Luft III.

  • "The plan was for 200 men to get out"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Jack Lyon explains how the PoWs at Stalag Luft III were split into three groups as they carefully planned their escape.

  • I'm running the London Marathon to make a difference to the RAF family

    The RAF Benevolent Fund's Director of Welfare and Policy, Paul Hughesdon is taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon this April to raise money for the Fund and for the RAF Association. Paul tells us more.

  • Get ready to feel 'The Burn'

    The RAF Benevolent Fund has been chosen as the nominated charity for a superb new company called Revolution Runs who on 18 May will be hosting a new challenge event called 'The Burn'. Welsh International rugby player Adam Jones is one of the organisers of The Burn and in a guest blog he tells us more about it.

  • World War II POWs recall 'The Great Escape' at Special 70th Anniversary Film Screening

    World War II 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.

    Press Release

  • "I came down in snowdrifts"

    Former Flight Lieutenant Charles Clarke was imprisoned in Stalag Luft III after being captured on enemy territory. In this blog, Charles tells us about his capture.

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