Thursday, September 3, 2015
The Real "Cooler King"
Last week, the last Australian survivor of the "great escape" from a German POW camp during World War II died. The 1963 film The Great Escape, which featured a rich cast of stars (Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, etc.), immortalized the event. This week, the BBC did a story on William Ash, an American pilot who flew for the RAF, took part in the Great Escape, and who served as the model for Steve McQueen's character in the film.