Jack Lyon One of the Last World War Two Great Escape Veterans Dies at 101


Jack Lyon, one of the last World War Two veterans involved in the Great Escape died on March 8, 2019, at his home in East Sussex. He was 101 years old.

Lyon, an RAF navigator, had his plane shot down in 1941 near Dusseldorf in Germany.

The crew survived and were taken prisoners by the Nazis and were brought to prisoner of war camps.

Lyon was brought to the Stalag Luft III camp. There, he was recruited to be the lookout for a breakout from the camp in 1944. The escape plan became known as the Great Escape Breakout.

However, the tunnel that prisoners use was discovered before he was able to get out.

Seventy-Six were able to escape, and none are now alive. Fifty of the 73 who were recaptured, were ordered to be executed by Adolf Hitler.

According to a spokesperson from the RAF Benevolent Fund, Lyon was one of the last survivors from those involved in the Great Escape plot.

In 2017 on Lyon’s 100 birthday in a BBC interview, Lyon said if he escaped he would have been killed. He did not doubt that.

The 75th anniversary of the Great Escape will be remembered by airing a film by the RAF Benevolent Fund on March 24. Dan Snow, a television historian, will be hosting the event.

Written by Barbara Sobel


BBC: Great Escape veteran Jack Lyon dies, aged 101
Evening Standard: Jack Lyon death: Second World War veteran, one of last remaining people involved in Great Escape, dies aged 101
The Telegraph: Former RAF prisoner of war involved in the Great Escape ‘dies aged 101’

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