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    There weren't really any Americans were there?

    Especially not on motorbikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinny View Post
    There weren't really any Americans were there?

    Especially not on motorbikes.
    No Americans were directly involved. Some were indirectly involved by way of bribing guards to get tools and escape paraphernalia for the earlier tunnels (Tom & Dick), as it was originally planned for a great number of them to be included in the escape. But none were involved with 'Harry', and none went out in the escape. By that point they had all been moved to other camps or a separate compound.

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    ^^To edit slightly... there was one American, Bill Ash, who was on the escape committee, but he was with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He didn't go out on the night because he was locked up in the cooler for a previous, lone escape attempt.

    He was a fascinating character. I've read his book (Under the Wire) also.

    Born and raised in Texas, at aged 18 he didn't like what he was reading about events in Europe in 1939, and rode the trains like a hobo all the way to Canada - where he signed up for the RCAF. He was sent to Europe and was shot down over France during the Battle of Britain after he chased a German fighter plane that had particularly annoyed him. He escaped several times from POW camps and was on the run for months on some occasions, hiding out with the help of local resistance.

    After the war he returned to Britain and found out the Americans had dissolved his US citizenship for his act of joining the RCAF (nice eh?). He was given British citizenship and spent the rest of his days here as a writer.

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    ^^
    This is him, mid-air. Photo taken by a squadron colleague in another Spitfire.

    What a great photo.

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    Of course, Escape to Victory is the most accurate depiction of what happened back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daft Wailer View Post
    Of course, Escape to Victory is the most accurate depiction of what happened back then.


    Loads of people with long hair and plastic anoraks running out of the stadium.

    I do like the film though.

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