Australian 'Great Escape' survivor dies, aged 101

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Australian 'Great Escape' survivor dies, aged 101

Post by Guest on Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:54 am

One of the last survivors of World War Two's most famous prison break, known as the Great Escape, has died aged 101. Australian Paul Royle was one of 76 airmen who escaped from notorious Nazi Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1944. Their courageous feat was immortalised in the 1963 film The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen. Mr Royle died in a Perth hospital on Sunday after surgery for a fractured hip, local media reported on Friday. His son, Gordon Royle, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp his father lived his life to the fullest, but it was a fall that killed him. A memorial service will be held for Mr Royle in Perth on Wednesday. Seventy-one years ago, the men escaped through a secret tunnel built from the Nazi camp.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-34082333


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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:28 pm

RIP.  Another one of the escapees who stayed in the RAF used to give me a lift to work at Changi in Singpore in the early 60s.   He's gone now too, brave men all.

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Post by Irn Bru on Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:28 am

RIP to the man.

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