‘Memories of The Great
Escape’ – Jack Lyon, History Society.
the evening of Wednesday, November 16th, one of the largest audiences
ever gathered in the Coffee Shop to hear Jack Lyon’s gripping account on his
involvement in the legendary ‘Great Escape’. Jack, now 98, was an RAF Officer
in Stalag Luft III, in South-east Germany – where, on the night of 24/25th March
1944, a total of 76 Allied airmen escaped from the Camp through a tunnel.
This was the largest breakout of its kind (and was later immortalised in the
1963 film 'The Great Escape'). Only three of them evaded recapture and made the
"home run" back to England. The other 73 were recaptured by the
Germans and, of them, 50 were executed by the Gestapo.
was an amazing opportunity for Radleians (and dons and PHMs) to question and
talk with Jack about his unique place in History.
Full Report to Follow….