Great Escape Hero Who Helped Dispose of Soil From Famous Tunnel Dug by Prisoners at Nazi War Camp Stalag Luft III Dies Aged 91

Posted by admin on Oct 18, 2013

One of the few remaining British survivors of a German prisoner of war camp immortalised in The Great Escape film has died aged 91.

Royal Air Force gunner Frank Stone, of Hathersage, Derbyshire, was taken to Stalag Luft III in Zagan as a teenager during the Second World War after his bomber crashed in Mannheim in 1940. He was in hut 104, home to 76 airmen who tried to escape via a 348ft tunnel in 1944. But the alarm was raised before Mr Stone, who had helped dispose of soil from the tunnel, could join them.

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