RAF officer’s poignant prisoner of war diary with tributes to the 50 Allied airman shot dead over infamous Great Escape from Stalag Luft III is expected to sell for £10,000 75 years on

An illustrated diary kept by a Prisoner of War at the infamous Great Escape camp is up for auction.  Pencil sketch of pilot

RAF officer Joseph Gueuffen’s journal includes a poignant tribute to the 50 Allied airmen murdered by the Nazis for taking part in the mass break out in 1944.

The captain lists the names of all those killed, including Roger Bushell who masterminded the escape, alongside a drawing of an imaginary memorial for them.

The diary also includes his harrowing account of the ‘death march’ the PoWs were forced to make from the camp in Poland and into Germany in temperatures of -20C. Read More