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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