Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Real "Cooler King"

Since my girlfriend and I watched The Great Escape theother day, this story has some relevance.

Capt Richard Carr's attempts to make his way to freedom included one effort to burrow his way out and another that involved disguising himself as a French worker, it has been disclosed.

He first made his name at Dunkirk for which he won the Military Cross but it was his escapology that led to the award of an MBE.

A prisoner of the Italians and Germans in World War Two, he modestly described his escapes as "four real breaks and a few minor ones."

He used a variety of techniques including tunnelling, disguise and leaping from a train - but was always recaptured.

His story, echoing that of 'Cooler King' Hilts in the 1963 film The Great Escape, came to light after research carried out when his five medals sold at auction for £20,000.

Click the link to read more about this remarkable man.

Here's a pic of Steve McQueen playing "cooler king" Hilts from the movie:

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