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Remembering the Great Escapers

Article about: Paul is correct about them being taken away in groups at different times. Here is a list of the executioners and their fates; Great Escape Murderers Nick

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    70 years ago today.

    RIP to the 50 who lost their lives

    F.O. Birkland, Henry J.
    Flt.Lt. Brettell, E. Gordon
    Sqd.L. Bull, Leslie G.
    Sqd.L. Bushell, Roger J.
    Flt.L. Casey, Michael J.
    Sqd.L. Catanach, James
    P.O. Christensen, Arnold G.
    F.O. Cochran, Dennis H.
    Sqd.L. Cross, Ian E.K.P.
    Lt. Espelid, Haldor
    Flt.Lt. Evans, Brian H.
    Lt. Fuglesang, Nils
    Lt. Gouws, Johannes S.
    Flt.Lt. Grisman, William J.
    Flt.Lt. Gunn, Alastair D.M.
    Flt.Lt. Hake, Albert H.
    Flt.Lt. Hall, Charles P.
    Flt.Lt. Hayter, Anthony R.H.
    Flt.Lt. Humphreys, Edgar S.
    F.O. Kidder, Gordon A.
    Flt.Lt. Kierath, Reginald V.
    Flt.Lt. Kiewnarski, Antoni
    Sqd.L. Kirby-Green, Thomas G.
    F.O. Kolanowski, Wlodzimierz A
    F.O. Krol, Stanislaw Z.
    Flt.Lt. Langford, Patrick W.
    Flt.Lt. Leigh, Thomas B.
    Flt.Lt. Long, James L.R.
    Flt.Lt. Marcinkus, Romas
    Lt. McGarr, Clement A.N.
    Flt.Lt. McGill, George E.
    Flt.Lt. Millford, Harold J.
    F.O. Mondschein, Jerzy T.
    F.O. Pawluk, Kazimierz
    Flt.Lt. Picard, Henri A.
    F.O. Pohe, John
    Lt. Scheidhauer, Bernard W.M.
    P.O. Skanzikas, Sotiris
    F.O. Stevens, Rupert J.
    F.O. Stewart, Robert C.
    F.O. Stower, John G.
    F.O. Street, Denys O.
    Flt.Lt. Swain, Cyril D.
    F.O. Tobolski, Pawel
    Flt.Lt. Valenta, Ernst
    Flt.Lt. Walenn, Gilbert W.
    Flt.Lt. Wernham, James C.
    Flt.Lt. Wiley, George W.
    Sqd.L. Williams, John E.A.
    Flt.Lt. Williams, John F.
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Today the Beeb also mentions a commemoration ceremony:

    "A ceremony to commemorate the Great Escape, the famous breakout from German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft Three in 1944, is due to take place later.

    Survivors, families and UK and Polish officials will gather at Zagan in Poland, 70 years after the escape plot."

    BBC News - Ceremony to commemorate 'The Great Escape'
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    Well done Nick for posting this , I would have been at the ceremony if I hadn't been on holiday in Thailand , I took three tours to the camp last year and was fortunate to meet Charles Clarke and Andy Wiseman who together with the Museum staff have been instrumental in keeping Alive the history of the camp and the memory of the 50 !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hi,
    Such brave men they knew what would happen to them if caught but still took the chance, R.I.P,
    Dave.

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    remembered.R.I.P.

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    RIP. Brave men who never gave up the fight.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Nice one Nick.I see there's loads on tv about it,gone but never forgotten
    With Regards Jake.

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    I heard an interview on the radio this morning with one of the only two escapees surviving – West Australian Paul Royle – who is 100yrs old.

    He said of the film “ there were no larrikins in the tunnels and certainly NO motorcycles". He said "I didn’t like the film much” .......... ( which is a pity – because I do ( and when my kids were young they liked ‘Chicken Run’ that was wholly based on the Great Escape ) .......... well, he was there so he is the better film critic I guess!!!!!

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    RAF Personnel commemorated the 50 murdered Great Escapers with 50 current personnel marching with their photographs in the grounds of Stalag III in Poland.
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    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Quote by Danmark View Post
    I heard an interview on the radio this morning with one of the only two escapees surviving – West Australian Paul Royle – who is 100yrs old.

    He said of the film “ there were no larrikins in the tunnels and certainly NO motorcycles". He said "I didn’t like the film much” .......... ( which is a pity – because I do ( and when my kids were young they liked ‘Chicken Run’ that was wholly based on the Great Escape ) .......... well, he was there so he is the better film critic I guess!!!!!

    Dan
    Unfortunately Dan the Great Escape was a typical Hollywood production where they had to alter the story even though the real event was exiting enough . No Americans were in that part of the camp at the time other than George Harsh the Security Officer as they had been moved to their own camp but of course that was no good for Hollywood.

    Many of the types of escape featured happened but not during the Great Escape and the executions of the 50 happened in a totally different way , in small groups and in different locations by different offices of the Gestapo . The last time I did my presentation at the Zagan Museum it was in front of Charles Clarke who gave me the thumbs up afterwards !!!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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