Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 46

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46 Never-ending darkness

GENTLEMAN JIM: Bertram 'Jimmy' James lost many good friends when 50 recaptured prisoners were executed by the Nazis after the escape from Sagan prison camp REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS PAGE story in Moonless Night. The "real" Great Escape was the brainchild of Roger Bushell, a South African-born Spitfire pilot whose audacious plan was for 200 airmen to break out of the "escape-proof" Sagan prison camp in the forests of Silesia. The tunnels were a triumph of engineering ingenuity, prepared in appalling conditions. "I thought of the RAF motto - Per Ardua ad Astra [Through Toil to the Stars] - as I climbed the ladder towards the stars," he says.

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