WW2 POW Escapes

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I have in the past read the 'Colditz story,' and more have recently 'under the wire' by William Ash and 'Moonless Night' By BA 'Jimmy' James, two RAF chaps who did a fair amount of escape attempts during WW2. And of course I have like most old farts of my age seen the films over the years. like 'Albert RN' 'The Wooden Horse' and of course the legendary christmas TV special 'The great Escape (of which Jimmy James took part) and the story of the only Boxhead to escape Franz von Werra in 'The one that got away'

Now I know a fair few British, Dutch, Polish, Norwegian and French (as well as other nationalities ) POW's escaped from German POW camps but does anyone know if any US prisoners did? I know William Ash was born an American as was John Dodge (an absolutely remarkable fella by all accounts!) but both were naturalised Brits and both were serving in the British Military at the time of their escape attampts, but did our Yank cousins actually do any escapes successfull or not?

I do know US troops did escape from japanese POW camps..well I know 4 did...but have never seen anything relating to German camps.
 
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can any once help with ww2 escape codes please . I got foot and langley's book and its not in there also no response from ww2 talk site thingy . Have two coded letters and an seeking another 24 in April when I go to the Pro Kew .
 

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can any once help with ww2 escape codes please . I got foot and langley's book and its not in there also no response from ww2 talk site thingy . Have two coded letters and an seeking another 24 in April when I go to the Pro Kew .
Try From Colditz In Code

Great book about a WW2 Dental Officer captured with the 51st Highland Div at St Valery. Unfortunately was also Jewish. Set up a system off sending coded messages back to the Uk, eventually ended up in Colditz.
 

the_boy_syrup

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Bob Hoover
Bob Hoover - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stalag Luft 1 Barth 16 months
Escaped, stole an FW-190 and flew it to the UK

Sounds like a Errol Flynn movie
IIRC that's how Hoover and Yeager linked up at Muroc
Yeager was an evadee (he avoided capture after being shot down and got to Spain) and Hoover an Escapee
As such the USAAF allowed them there choice of duty station and they both selected Muroc field as it was close to home
Turned out to be right place right time
 
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Try From Colditz In Code

Great book about a WW2 Dental Officer captured with the 51st Highland Div at St Valery. Unfortunately was also Jewish. Set up a system off sending coded messages back to the Uk, eventually ended up in Colditz.
or Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks - thoroughly enjoyable book
 
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Really enjoyed "Between Silk and Cyanide" on code making/breaking.

Can recommend ...
"Tunnelling to Freedom" by John Fancy & "Escapers Progress" by David James.
Also "The Tunnellers of Holzminden" a WW1 escape book (available for free download online by Google Archive).
 

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