Roger Joyce

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Roger Joyce was born in Springs, Transvaal, South Africa back in 1910 to Benjamin and Dorothy. He was schooled in Johannesburg, when he was 14 he went to Wellington College in Berkshire, England. In 1929, he went to Pembroke College in Cambridge to study law. In 1932, he joined the 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force.

In 1939, he was given command of the 92nd Squadron. While flying he crash-landed in German-occupied ground becoming a prisoner of war he was sent to Dulag Luft camp near Frankfort. He escaped twice being captured both times before being sent to Stalag Luft III in 1943. He was the organizer of another escape which occurred on March 24th 1943. Seventy-six officers managed to clear the camp, he was captured again and three days later was murdered by members of the Gestaop.

What you may not know about Roger Joyce Bushell is that the movie The Great Escape (1963) was based on his actions. Richard Attenborough played the role of Roger.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James - Thanks for put a name onto the main character of the Great Escape.

May 07, 2019 03:10 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow, this was some story. So sad he was murdered.

May 07, 2019 03:49 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Freedom, something a lot of people have died for.

It has been a long time since I watched the movie, maybe a rainy day on the boat.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 07, 2019 04:22 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 07, 2019 05:11 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
Roger's story is definitely the kind of thing movies are made of.  I'll don't know that I've ever watched that movie from beginning to end. 

May 07, 2019 05:14 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some just can't stand to be confined against their will. Roger did something about it! Enjoy your day!

May 07, 2019 05:17 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning James, I watched the movie make over with Steven McQueen I believe and his motorbike jump was amazing. 

May 07, 2019 05:22 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - real stories make excellent movies and you can see how/why this "captured" the attention of Hollywood.  

May 07, 2019 05:22 AM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray you're right...I didn't know that!!

May 07, 2019 05:27 AM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I'm with Donald Urschalitz on this one that I too remember the Steve McQueen movie James Dray 

May 07, 2019 06:19 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and what a great movie that was for sure.  I did not know it was based on him.

May 07, 2019 08:49 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - I was thinking about the movie as I was reading your description of what happened. You validated my thoughts!

May 07, 2019 09:23 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I'm smiling because I've seen The Great Escape more times than I can count and read the book as well. 

May 07, 2019 12:11 PM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I haven't seen that movie in many years but I always remember it and I loved it.

May 07, 2019 12:47 PM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story that was, and I did the see the movie, a few moon rises ago.  Happy Tuesday.  A

May 07, 2019 12:54 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Roger Joyce.  I like the way these little pieces of history fit together so we can have a more comprehensive view of our past.

May 07, 2019 05:13 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That was a sad story of a man who just wanted to be free during war time. Thank you for sharing, James Dray 

May 07, 2019 06:00 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Knowing they would in all likelihood be killed, escape was worth the price.

May 08, 2019 06:42 AM #18
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