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Details about  RAF Signed Cover Stalag Luft WWII RAF signed POW Great Escape tunneler AV600

RAF Signed Cover Stalag Luft WWII RAF signed POW Great Escape tunneler AV600 See original listing
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60th Anniversary of the Great Escape 24/25 March 2004 Official Cover signed by Wing Commander Ken Rees who took part in the Great Escape on 24 March 1944 and was due to exit the tunnel when the guards raised the alarm

Special commemorative cover produced by ourselves in association with former Allied Prisoners of War who spent time at Stalag Luft III to raise money to preserve and maintain plaques/memorials for those British and Commonwealth subjects killed or executed while POWs.

The artwork for the cover has been done by former Matchbox artist Ross Wardle, and shows the unmistakable watch towers and searchlights watching over the prisoner's huts at Stalag Luft III as night draws in. Two German soldiers or 'goons' as they were known to the POWs are shown standing on patrol - little knowing that 30 feet below them there is a tunnel.

The cover bears Royal Mail 1st Class Lord of the Rings stamp (illustration may differ from stamp shown) cancelled with our BFPS 2770 postmark for the 60th Anniversary of the Great Escape - Stalag Luft III 24 March 2004. This is the official cover for this postmark.

Wing Commander H.K. Rees
This cover has been hand signed by Wing Commander Ken Rees who had helped build the tunnel and would have been the 79th out of the tunnel on the night of the Great Escape but he heard shouts and a gun fired so he and two other POWs about to exit the tunnel turned around and went the way they had come. He was the last to exit the tunnel at 'hut 104' and for his part was sent to 'the cooler' for 14 days.

The story of the Great Escape was made into the cult 1963 film 'The Great Escape' starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough.

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