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Military Personnel
    (November 30, 1910-March 29, 1944)
    Lawyer in England prior to WW II
    Flight Lieutenant with 601 Squadron when war was declared
    Promoted to Squadron Leader (October 10, 1939)
    Presented with the task of raising 92 Squadron
    Shot down over France (May 23, 1940)
    Placed in POW camp Stalag Luft III, he formed 'X,' an organization dedicated to escape
    Arranged the digging of 3 tunnels and on March 24, 1944, 76 officers escaped
    Recaptured and executed by the Gestapo (March 29, 1944)
    Service No.: 90120
    POW No.: 621
    Of the 76 escaped officers, only 3 made it to freedom, 23 were imprisoned and 50 were killed.
    He named his tunnels Tom, Dick & Harry.
    He bore a scar on his eye from a skiing accident which made him look ominous.
    As a lawyer, he defended a notorious London mobster and got him off.
    He forced Germany to use resources to recapture his men.
    He was a good cricketer, skier & Rugby player prior to going to war.
    He enjoyed the theater and culture.
    He was described as a likeable guy and very energetic by people who knew him.
    Before he was shot down, he took out 2 German fighters.
    He was a top pilot.
    His story provided the basis for escapee Paul Brickhill's novel 'Tunnel to Freedom' and the classic film 'The Great Escape.'
    He was a good lawyer.
    He enjoyed to party.
    He signed up with the RAF before war broke out.

Credit: Mr. Jordan


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