News

Great Escape’s 75th Anniversary To Be Marked With Special Film Screening

Attendees will include 95-year-old Air Commodore Charles Clarke, who also spent time at Stalag Luft III as a Prisoner of War.

Britain's Got Talent finalists, 'The D-Day Darlings', will perform live at the event (Picture: Snappin Turtle). 

In March 1944, 76 Prisoners of War (POWs) - mainly from the RAF - staged a mass break out from Germany’s Stalag Luft III prison camp.

Their deeds were immortalised in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Great Escape’ and, with the 75th anniversary of the escape approaching, the RAF Benevolent Fund is keen that the milestone is celebrated.

second world war Nazis
Most of the POWs were eventually captured and Hitler personally ordered the execution of 50 of them (Picture: German Federal Archives Bild).

A gala screening of the film is scheduled for 24 March at the Eventim Apollo theatre in London.

Hosted by TV historian Dan Snow, the evening will also feature a live performance by 'The D-Day Darlings'.   

The iconic motorcycle from the film, made famous by Steve McQueen, will make an appearance - as will the motorcycle enthusiast, Dick Shepherd, who rescued it many years ago from a Norfolk farm. 

Dan Snow with ex POW Charle Clarke 211118 CREDIT Snappin Turtle
Historian Dan Snow poses with ex-POW Charles Clarke and Steve McQueen's iconic motorcycle (Picture: Snappin Turtle).

Also attending will be 95-year-old Air Commodore Charles Clarke, who spent time at Stalag Luft III as a POW.

He arrived a month before the escape and recalls hearing the shot fired when prison guards found the escape tunnel.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online.