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Great Escape Hero Dies

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'Digger' Dowling, hero of the Great Escape, makes his final exit at (almost) 93

Eric "Digger" Dowling, the English airman who helped excavate the tunnel but was left behind when the Great Escapers crawled out of Stalag Luft III and into history, has died peacefully a day short of his 93rd birthday.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/07/secondworldwar

RIP sir...
 
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Rest in peace...
 
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His son was on the radio yesterday. Eric sounded like a great lad. he ran a cricket competition in Stalag Luft 3 with teams representing all the English Counties. He maintained full records of scores, batting and bowling averages etc.

Quite how guys like that produced the brilliant forgeries that they did on what was available to them is beyond me. He - and the others like him who escaped or organised and supported the escapes - were truly resourceful and brave heroes.
 
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schweik said:
Quite how guys like that produced the brilliant forgeries that they did on what was available to them is beyond me. He - and the others like him who escaped or organised and supported the escapes - were truly resourceful and brave heroes.
Eloquently put Shweik.

Rest in Peace Digger. Your generation were an inspiration to us all.
 
#7
RIP Sir, you are Amongst friends now
 
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RIP to a true hero. According to the Telegraph article he was not happy with the Americanisation of the story in the film, especially the completly fictional character played by Steve McQueen.
 
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Invicta said:
RIP to a true hero. According to the Telegraph article he was not happy with the Americanisation of the story in the film, especially the completly fictional character played by Steve McQueen.
Strangely enough the Steve McQueen character was probably built around William Ash who was an American in the RAF and who made many escape attempts from Stalag Luft lll and was called a 'cooler king'. Bill Ash didn't like the character portrayed by McQueen either.
 
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Sparky2339 said:
schweik said:
Quite how guys like that produced the brilliant forgeries that they did on what was available to them is beyond me. He - and the others like him who escaped or organised and supported the escapes - were truly resourceful and brave heroes.
Eloquently put Shweik.

Rest in Peace Digger. Your generation were an inspiration to us all.
Seconded, with respect, by this callsign...
 

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