RadleyRadley

  • Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR
  • Telephone: 01235 543000, Fax: 01235 543106

Accessibility

Portals

Portals

Navigation

Main Menu

'Memories of The Great Escape'

'Memories of The Great Escape'

‘Memories of The Great Escape’ – Jack Lyon, History Society.

On 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.

This 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….

Main Menu