‘Great Escape’ survivor Paul Royle dies in Australia


SYDNEY: Australian Paul Royle, one of the only two remaining survivors from World War II’s daring “Great Escape” prison break, has died aged 101 in a Perth hospital, his son said Friday. Gordon Royle told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation his father passed away following a fall at a care facility. The only living survivor now is 94-year-old Briton Dick Churchill. Royle was one of 76 men who tunneled out of German prison camp Stalag Luft III on a bitterly cold night in March 1944, an event immortalized in the 1960s film “The Great Escape” starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough. Just three men made it to safety from a camp the Nazis said was escape-proof. The rest were captured by the Gestapo and 50 of them executed on Hitler’s orders.



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