One fugitive Luftwaffe pilot came within 150 miles of freedom in an audacious escape. Chris Goss finds out more and clears up the airman’s oft-confused identity
Lovers of classic war films may recall a British example with a difference: 1957’s The One That got Away, starring Hardy Krüger. With a screenplay based on the 1956 book of the same name by Kendal Bur t and James L easor, it immor talised the unique exploits of Luftwaffe ace Franz von Werra, the sole Axis POW to escape Canada and reach Germany.
It was a feat that at least one other Luftwaffe airman sought to match; he too was held in Canada, but, by the time of his escape, the United States had entered the war, making the long journey to Germany even more difficult.
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