No folks this is not another terrible Hollywood remake of a film classic but the daring tale of how AP254 attempted to escape from the hell known as Stalag Luft Goodyear.
After being interned in ATCA's 'training' camp and suffering daily tortures of floods caused by broken water mains, asbestos poisoning and repeated exposure to AP253; 254's escape planning committee decided enough was enough and hatched a daring plan to bust out of the walls of HMP Goodyear and make it back to dear old Blighty.
Using a cover story of passing their CPLs, 254 were secretly able to start digging three tunnels 'Tom', 'Dick' and 'Katie' from the compound at Goodyear all the way to Van Buren, Lichfield and Dysart respectively.
First to escape were Si and Jen who sneaked down tunnel Tom to emerge to freedom. They then evaded escape to reach Sky Harbor Airport and stowaway on a London bound flight. On reaching dear old Blighty, Simon made the signal to let those back in the camp that he and Jen had made it safety - that's right he opened a can of cider!
By creating dummies, 254 were able cover for the disappearances during parades as shown in this photograph taken moments before a parade. Thanks to Matt 'keen spotter' Gray for this photograph which he managed to smuggle out of the camp.
Next to break out were Richard 'in the rubbish cart' Mallows, Kevin 'honest I can see' Briggs, Adam 'pole vault the wire' Kohler and Greg 'I tunnel in my sleep' Hardman who escaped in the second tunnel 'Dick' on Saturday night. Unfortunately Greg made a schoolboy error when at US Immigrations and was immediately recaptured. The Immigration Officer sensing Greg's papers may be forgeries said in an English accent 'Good luck dickhead' to which Greg automatically responded 'Thanks dickhead' instantly blowing his cover!
And so this tale of daring do will pass into the annuls of history alongside other stories of courage and bravery including; Escape from Colditz, 633 Squadron, The Dambusters and of course Bambi. Anthony Petteford, OAT Supremo and Command In Chief didn't say 'This courageous escape by 254 only goes to prove the calibre of that course. I have never seen daring so daring before. And it's quite lucky because I was short of exactly 5 people for the next FOF course and this will fill it up nicely!'
A spokesman for ATCA said 'I can't believe ze tommies are eskaping so much. We only tried to make zem feel at home. I mean all that stuff about broken water mains and asbestos was only to make if feel like home. I have been to London before and it always looks like a building site so we thought it would make zem feel kwite at home. I sink we might have made a mistake, nien?'