List of Allied airmen from the Great Escape

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The "Great Escape" was a World War II mass escape from the German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III. It results in the execution of 50 recaptured escapees.

It was the basis of The Great Escape, a book by Paul Brickhill describing the escape and The Great Escape, a film based on the book.

Memorial to "The Fifty" Allied airmen executed after the "Great Escape"

Executed[edit]

The graves of 48 of the 50 officers of the Great Escape at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
Name Rank Nation Unit Date of death/
Last seen alive
Cremated
Birkland, Henry J.[1] Flying Officer Canada CAN No.72 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Brettell, E. Gordon[2][3][4] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.133 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Danzig
Bull, Leslie G. "Johnny"[5] Squadron Leader United Kingdom GBR No.109 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Brüx
Bushell, Roger J.[6][7] Squadron Leader United Kingdom GBR[8] No.92 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Saarbrücken
Casey, Michael J.[9][10] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.57 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Görlitz
Catanach, James[11][12] Squadron Leader Australia AUS No.455 Sqn RAAF 29 March 1944 Kiel
Christensen, Arnold G.[13] Pilot Officer New Zealand NZL No.26 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Kiel
Cochran, Dennis H.[14] Flying Officer United Kingdom GBR No.10 OTU RAF 31 March 1944 Natzweiler
Cross, Ian E. K. P.[15] Squadron Leader United Kingdom GBR No.103 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Görlitz
Espelid, Halldor Lieutenant Norway NOR No.331 Sqn (Norwegian) RAF 29 March 1944 Kiel
Evans, Brian H.[16] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.49 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Fuglesang, Nils Jørgen[17] Lieutenant Norway NOR No.332 Sqn (Norwegian) RAF 29 March 1944 Kiel
Gouws, Johannes S. Lieutenant South Africa ZAF No.40 Sqn SAAF 29 March 1944 München
Grisman, William J.[18] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.109 Sqn RAF 6 April 1944 Breslau
Gunn, Alastair D. M.[19] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.1 PRU RAF 6 April 1944 Breslau
Hake, Albert H.[20] Flight Lieutenant Australia AUS No.72 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Görlitz
Hall, Charles P.[21] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.1 PRU RAF 30 March 1944 Liegnitz
Hayter, Anthony R. H.[22][23] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.148 Sqn RAF 6 April 1944 Natzweiler
Humphreys, Edgar S.[24][25] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.107 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Kidder, Gordon A.[26] Flying Officer Canada CAN No.156 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Mährisch Ostrau
Kierath, Reginald V.[27][28] Flight Lieutenant Australia AUS No.450 Sqn RAAF 29 March 1944 Brüx
Kiewnarski, Antoni[29] Flight Lieutenant Poland POL No.305 Sqn (Polish) RAF 31 March 1944 unknown
Kirby-Green, Thomas G.[30][31] Squadron Leader United Kingdom GBR No.40 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Mährisch Ostrau
Kolanowski, Włodzimierz A. Flying Officer Poland POL No.301 Sqn (Polish) RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Król, Stanisław Z. Flying Officer Poland POL No.64 Sqn RAF 12 April 1944 Breslau
Langford, Patrick W.[32][33][34] Flight Lieutenant Canada CAN No.16 OTU RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Leigh, Tom[35][36] Flight Lieutenant Australia AUS No.76 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Görlitz
Long, James L. R.[35][37] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.9 Sqn RAF 12 April 1944 Breslau
Marcinkus, Romas[38] Flight Lieutenant Lithuania LTU No.1 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Danzig
McGarr, Clement A. N.[39] Lieutenant South Africa ZAF No.2 Sqn SAAF 6 April 1944 Breslau
McGill, George E.[40] Flight Lieutenant Canada CAN No.103 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Milford, Harold J.[41][42] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.226 Sqn RAF 6 April 1944 Breslau
Mondschein, Jerzy T.[43] Flying Officer Poland POL No.304 Sqn (Polish) RAF 29 March 1944 Brüx
Pawluk, Kazimierz[44] Flying Officer Poland POL No.305 Sqn (Polish) RAF 31 March 1944 unknown
Picard, Henri A.[45][46] Flight Lieutenant Belgium BEL No.350 Sqn (Belgian) RAF 29 March 1944 Danzig
Pohe, John[47][48] Flying Officer New Zealand NZL No.51 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Görlitz
Scheidhauer, Bernard W. M.[49] Lieutenant France FRA No.131 Sqn RAF 29 March 1944 Saarbrücken
Skanzikas, Sotiris[50] Pilot Officer Greece GRC No.336 Sqn (Greek) RAF 30 March 1944 unknown
Stevens, Rupert J. Lieutenant South Africa ZAF No.12 Sqn SAAF 29 March 1944 München
Stewart, Robert C.[51][52] Flying Officer United Kingdom GBR No.77 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Stower, John Gifford[53][54] Flying Officer Argentina United Kingdom ARG GBR No.142 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Street, Denys O.[55][56] Flying Officer United Kingdom GBR No.207 Sqn RAF 6 April 1944 Breslau
Swain, Cyril D.[57] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.105 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Tobolski, Paweł Flying Officer Poland POL No.301 Sqn (Polish) RAF 2 April 1944 Breslau
Valenta, Ernst[58] Flight Lieutenant Czechoslovakia CZE No.311 Sqn (Czechoslovak) RAF 31 March 1944 Liegnitz
Walenn, Gilbert W.[59] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.25 OTU RAF 29 March 1944 Danzig
Wernham, James C.[60][61] Flight Lieutenant Canada CAN No.405 Sqn RCAF 30 March 1944 unknown
Wiley, George W.[62][63][64] Flight Lieutenant Canada CAN No.112 Sqn RAF 31 March 1944 Görlitz
Williams, John E. A.[65][66] Squadron Leader Australia AUS No.450 Sqn RAAF 29 March 1944 Brüx
Williams, John F.[67][68] Flight Lieutenant United Kingdom GBR No.107 Sqn RAF 6 April 1944 Breslau

Survivors[edit]

Recaptured but not executed Home run
Rank Name Service Notes
Sergeant Per Bergsland RAF Home run via Stettin, now Szczecin,[69] (Norwegian)
Flight Lieutenant R. Anthony Bethell RAF [70]
Flight Lieutenant Leslie C. J. Broderick RAF [71]
Flight Lieutenant Bill Cameron RCAF
Flight Lieutenant Richard S. A. "Dick" Churchill RAF [72]
Wing Commander Harry Melville Arbuthnot "Wings" Day RAF [73]
Major Johnnie Dodge British Army
Flight Lieutenant Sydney Dowse RAF
Flight Lieutenant Bedrich "Freddie" Dvorak RAF
Flight Lieutenant Bernard "Pop" Green RAF
Pilot Officer Bertram "Jimmy" James RAF [74]
Flight Lieutenant Roy B. Langlois RAF [75]
Flight Lieutenant H. C. "Johnny" Marshall RAF
Flight Lieutenant Alistair T. McDonald RAF
Second Lieutenant Jens Müller RAF Home run via Stettin, now Szczecin (Norwegian)
Lieutenant Alastair D. Neely Royal Navy
Flight Lieutenant T. R. Nelson RAF
Flight Lieutenant A. Keith Ogilvie RAF
Flight Lieutenant Desmond Lancelot Plunkett RAF
Lieutenant Douglas A. Poynter Royal Navy
Pilot Officer Paul G. Royle RAF
Flight Lieutenant Michael Shand RAF [76]
Flight Lieutenant Alfred B. Thompson RCAF [77]
Flight Lieutenant Ivo P. Tonder RAF
Squadron Leader Leonard Henry Trent RNZAF
Flight Lieutenant Bram van der Stok RAF Home run to Spain, the only one to return to Britain and rejoin the battle with the RAF.
Flight Lieutenant Raymond L. N. van Wymeersch RAF [78]

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