Many fascinating stories of the Great Escape have been told since the end of World War II. Not until now has the story of Lt Col Albert P Clark, the first combat airman captured in US uniform by the Germans, been told. In his 33 months in the infamous prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III, Lt Col (General, when writing this book) Clark was involved in and responsible for directing escape work among American prisoners. His tale of courage and perseverance is accentuated by the stark photographs he took from the inside with a pinhole camera.
This book includes previously unpublished photographs collected from the Special Collections Branch of the Air Force Academy Library of the German POW camp known as Stalag Luft III in Zagan, Poland. Clark served in the US Air Force during World War II, and as a US Air Force officer in France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Okinawa and finally served as superintendent of the Air Force Academy before retiring in July of 1974 in the grade of Lieutenant General after 38 years of service.
As the senior ranking American officer, Lt Col Clark was responsible for the men in the prison camp. He knew about everything that went on and organized most of the projects, including the Great Escape. His book reveals many details which were classified to his fellow POWs. You will learn many untold stories about Stalag Luft III from the top man himself.
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- 31 Mar 41 - British Army Dental Corps Private Coe becomes first to escape from a German POW camp.
- 25 Jun 41 - French POW at Colditz Castle almost makes successful escape, dressed as a young woman.
- 02 Jul 41 - French POW at Colditz Castle successfully escapes, leaping wire fence, scaling outer brick wall.
- 16 Aug 41 - Two Dutch POWs escape Colditz Castle, the first successful Dutch escapees.
- 05 Jan 42 - Airey Neave becomes first British officer to successfully escape German POW camp (Colditz Castle).
- 14 Oct 43 - Massive escape of Jews and Soviet POWs from Sobibor. Only 50 of 300 successfully escape.
- 24 Mar 44 - The Great Escape. 76 POWs escape from Stalag Luft III, 3 will make it home, 50 will be murdered.
- 16 Jul 44 - New Zealand POW escapes from Japanese camp in Hong Kong, the only POW there to successfully do so.
- 23 Dec 44 - The Great Papago Escape. 25 Germans POWs tunnel out of a camp outside Phoenix, Arizona.
- 28 Jan 45 - Last of the 25 German POWs from the Great Papago Escape is recaptured in Phoenix.
- 10 Mar 45 - German POWs tunnel out of a camp at Bridgend, Wales. All 70 are captured within a week.
- 15 Apr 45 - POW camp at Colditz Castle liberated by US troops. Colditz had the most successful escapes of the war.
- 04 Aug 45 - German POW escapes from North Carolina camp, takes train to Chicago, remains at large until 1959.
- 21 Sep 45 - German Georg Gaertner escapes from a POW camp in Deming, New Mexico, blends in for 40 years.
- 12 Sep 85 - Escaped German POW Georg Gaertner turns himself in after 40 years of hiding in plain sight.
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