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Cossack13
02-20-2004, 08:16 AM
Great Escape hero dead at 81

From the Toronto Sun, February 20, 2004

WWII pilot escaped death at hands of Gestapo

Tony Bethell, a World War II fighter pilot, who was among the survivors of a German PoW camp involved in a mass breakout known as the Great Escape, has died at age 81. Born Richard Anthony Bethell in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, he was educated at Sherborne School in England and served as a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force before moving to Canada in 1955.

Bethell died Tuesday at his home in Caledon and was remembered by his family as a man of "great strength and character."

Bethell was shot down over Holland in 1942, taken prisoner and spent three years in Stalag Luft III -- the German PoW camp built for Allied air-force prisoners captured in the war.

Stalag Luft was supposed to be more secure than other prison camps. But a daring and intricately crafted tunnel escape was planned by prisoners.

The German Gestapo retaliated for the escape by transporting 50 of the recaptured PoWs to an open field and executing them.

Bethell's death notice noted he was among 23 participants in the Great Escape who were recaptured but weren't killed.

The story of the Great Escape was made into a 1963 film featuring stars David McCallum, Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasance, James Garner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

In Canada Bethell was active in the investment community until his retirement.

Bethell is survived by his wife, Lorna, several grown children and 14 grandchildren.

Visitations are set for Sunday at the Butcher Family Funeral Home in Erin from 4-7 p.m., with a service at All Saints Church in the same community on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

The family has asked that donations in memory of Bethell be sent to Hospice Caledon in Bolton.

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Cossack13
02-20-2004, 08:16 AM
Great Escape hero dead at 81

From the Toronto Sun, February 20, 2004

WWII pilot escaped death at hands of Gestapo

Tony Bethell, a World War II fighter pilot, who was among the survivors of a German PoW camp involved in a mass breakout known as the Great Escape, has died at age 81. Born Richard Anthony Bethell in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, he was educated at Sherborne School in England and served as a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force before moving to Canada in 1955.

Bethell died Tuesday at his home in Caledon and was remembered by his family as a man of "great strength and character."

Bethell was shot down over Holland in 1942, taken prisoner and spent three years in Stalag Luft III -- the German PoW camp built for Allied air-force prisoners captured in the war.

Stalag Luft was supposed to be more secure than other prison camps. But a daring and intricately crafted tunnel escape was planned by prisoners.

The German Gestapo retaliated for the escape by transporting 50 of the recaptured PoWs to an open field and executing them.

Bethell's death notice noted he was among 23 participants in the Great Escape who were recaptured but weren't killed.

The story of the Great Escape was made into a 1963 film featuring stars David McCallum, Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasance, James Garner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

In Canada Bethell was active in the investment community until his retirement.

Bethell is survived by his wife, Lorna, several grown children and 14 grandchildren.

Visitations are set for Sunday at the Butcher Family Funeral Home in Erin from 4-7 p.m., with a service at All Saints Church in the same community on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

The family has asked that donations in memory of Bethell be sent to Hospice Caledon in Bolton.

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p1ngu666
02-20-2004, 08:29 AM
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Kamikaze_Gibbon
02-20-2004, 09:31 AM
Rest in Peace Tony Bethell http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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02-20-2004, 10:03 AM
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Jim57
02-20-2004, 07:15 PM
Thats too bad. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif If anyone has not read this book. Get it! and read it. It was written by Paul Brickhill. I just finished reading it about 3 days ago. They have re-released it in hard cover too. I will get the ISBN number if anyone is interested. A small note here, the Gestapo did not take all 50 men out into a field and shoot them all at once like they did in the movie. Actually, this was done at different times, and places. They tried to make it seem as if all were "shot while escaping". But, there really was 50 that were executed in total. However, the Gestapo leaders were captured after the end of the war and executed themselves. (Sorry, if I ruined part of the book, but I felt it needed to be said) OH, sorry, no Steve McQueen motorcycle jump. Alot of what you see in the movie is TRUE! It is a MUST READ!

Jim

Bartsimpson-
02-20-2004, 11:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jim57:
Thats too bad. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif If anyone has not read this book. Get it! and read it. It was written by Paul Brickhill. I just finished reading it about 3 days ago. They have re-released it in hard cover too. I will get the ISBN number if anyone is interested. A small note here, the Gestapo did not take all 50 men out into a field and shoot them all at once like they did in the movie. Actually, this was done at different times, and places. They tried to make it seem as if all were "shot while escaping". But, there really was 50 that were executed in total. However, the Gestapo leaders were captured after the end of the war and executed themselves. (Sorry, if I ruined part of the book, but I felt it needed to be said) OH, sorry, no Steve McQueen motorcycle jump. Alot of what you see in the movie is TRUE! It is a MUST READ!

Jim<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm interested keep me posted

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Bart

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necrobaron
02-20-2004, 11:27 PM
I recently saw a show on the History Channel about "The Great Escape". Really fascinating.


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Jim57
02-21-2004, 07:15 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bartsimpson-:


I'm interested keep me posted

Thanks

Bart

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Here is the ISBN number:

0 7394 1206 x

I copied this directly from my hardcover book. Right on the inside flap it talks about how they were amazed at how it had been out of hardback print for so long. It has "Military Book Club" printed on one of the leafs. I just did a search over at www.half.com (http://www.half.com) (owned by EBAY only you just buy it, and not bid on it.) and they list this book in "Paperback ISBN 0-44921-0685" for $0.75 cents so, you may want to look over there. Good luck. OH, I also have the "The Great Escape" game on PC. They also make it for PS2, and you can also find those at Half.com I had read that alot of guys did not like this game, however, I did because it was like acting in the movie (Including the motorcycle jump). Not alot of Shooter type action. More like stealth and sneaking action. BUT, to each their own I guess.

Jim

Bearcat99
02-21-2004, 07:23 AM
There goes another one from that generation.....

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Slickun
02-21-2004, 08:37 AM
Agree with previous poster. A FANTASTIC book and read. Brickhill was a POW there, if memory serves.

Movie is a great show as well, even if some of it gets the Hollywood treatment. Names are wrong, for example. Instead of von Lindeiner for the commadant it's von Lugar. The central character is Roger Bushell, but in the movie it's Roger Bartlett for some reason.