In Australia at the age of 101 years, died a member of the famous mass escape from a German concentration camp during the Second world war. Paul Royle died at home in hospital in Perth. He was one of the 76 prisoners of the pilots, who in 1944 tried to escape from the concentration camp Stalag Luft III located near the Polish town of Zagan, dug through the tunnel, reports the BBC.
Escape American, British and canadian prisoners of war, held on 24 March 1944, then ended in failure: only three were able to escape, the others, including Raila, was seized by the Nazis. 50 people were later shot. This story then became the basis for the Hollywood film “the Great escape” with Steve McQueen, released in 1963.
“When we got outside all I saw, this huge amount of snow and pine trees. The snow was everywhere. It was very cold,” recalled Royle about the escape, giving an interview to the local press last year.
Pilot Royal air force Australia Royle was taken prisoner by the Germans on 17 may 1940. He was captured after his plane crashed. First, Royle spent a year in a concentration camp Stalag Luft I, and then was transferred to Stalag Luft III.
After the failed escape Royle remained in camp until may 1945 when he was liberated by forces of the British army. After that, he completed service in the armed forces and, after studying in London, returned to Australia, where he worked as an engineer in the mines. Former prisoner of war was twice married, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in January 2014.
Royle died in hospital on Sunday after surgery on a broken hip. Ceremony of farewell to the party of the Second world war took place on Wednesday. His son, Gordon Royle, told reporters that his father always “lived to the full.” After the death Role the only living member of the “Great escape” remains a 94-year-old Briton dick Churchill.