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RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell led the real 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III, on 24 March 1944. His ambitious plan involved digging three tunnels simultaneously, to give at least one a greater chance for success. After tunnel 'Harry' was completed, 76 POWs managed to escape. Sadly, only three of them escaped Nazi occupied territory. The other 73 were recaptured, and in a reaction that is considered war crime, Hitler ordered 50 of them, including Bushell, to be executed without trial.

RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell led the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III on the night of 24 March

RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell led the real 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III, on 24 March 1944. His ambitious plan involved digging three tunnels simultaneously, to give at least one a greater chance for success. After tunnel 'Harry' was completed, 76 POWs managed to escape. Sadly, only three of them escaped Nazi occupied territory. The other 73 were recaptured, and in a reaction that is considered war crime, Hitler ordered 50 of them, including Bushell, to be executed without trial.

RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell led the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III on the night of 24 March

A statue of St. Patrick outside a church in Waterloo, Lambeth.

Patrick of History - 17 March 493

New analysis of Richard III's remains indicate that the king had a case of intestinal parasites. (via @Nancy Christopher News; photo via University of Leicester file)

Richard III's remains found buried in a Leicester council car park. He was buried in Greyfriars Church, after he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in

Portrait of King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland by Gerard van Honthorst. (1628)

King Charles I with a Letter in his Hand, Gerrit van Honthorst, 1628 x cm Oil on canvas National Portrait Gallery, London.softer facet ham I am used to seeing for King Charles

Barnes Wallis, the British engineer who invented the “bouncing bombs” and the “earthquake bomb.”

Barnes Wallis, the British engineer who invented the “bouncing bombs” and the “earthquake bomb.

A 617 Sqn Lancaster dropping a Grand Slam bomb on the Arnsberg viaduct, March 1945.

The original bunker buster, the Grand Slam bomb Pictured above is a Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster dropping a grand slam bomb, which is a pound earthquake bomb. This large sized bomb concept.