Thursday, August 07, 2008

'Great Escape' veteran Eric Dowling dies at 92

I never guessed that any of these men were still alive. It is sad that they are gone. I wish I could have met him and heard his real story about the war and the Great Escape.

May the Lord accept him for an eternity of rest, because if he went to the other place he would probably escape anyway.

'Great Escape' veteran Eric Dowling dies at 92 - Yahoo! News: "Eric Dowling, who helped plan the mass wartime breakout from a German prison camp that inspired the movie 'The Great Escape,' has died at 92.

Peter Dowling said his father died at a nursing home near Bristol in southwest England on July 21, a day before his 93rd birthday. The Aabletone Nursing Home on Thursday confirmed the death.

Seventy-six Allied prisoners escaped from the Stalag Luft III prison camp on March 24, 1944, in a daring breakout. All but three were recaptured, and 50 were shot on the orders of Adolf Hitler to deter future attempts.

The escape attempt was one of the most celebrated incidents of the war, recounted in a 1963 film starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough."

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