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POW Escape to Stettin

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Published on Oct 25, 2006

John Weir, an RCAF Spitfire pilot in WWII, talks about having slipped away from a POW train in transit in northern German, and escaping on foot to the port city of Stettin. He seeks refuge in a whorehouse, and has an unfortunate encounter with an SS officer in the bar of the brothel.

John was born in Toronto and joined the RCAF in September 1939. He flew spitfires over England, France and the English Channel with the renowned 401 Squadron, but was shot down in November 1941. Despite several escape attempts, he spent the rest of the war as a PoW, and the last two years in Stalag Luft III. John was one of the key figures in the "Great Escape," but missed the actual escape due to being shipping out of camp just prior to that fateful night. He survived the deadly winter march to Lubeck in 1945, and returned to Canada where he still lives.

This short video is one of five featuring John Weir, and one of thousands in the Testaments of Honour collection created by Blake Heathcote. (www.testaments.ca)

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