Brickhill, Paul Chester Jerome

    Date of birth:
    December 20th, 1916 (Balwyn-Melbourne/Victoria, Australia)
    Date of death:
    April 23rd, 1991 (Balmoral/Victoria, Australia)
    Service number:
    Australian (1901-present, Federal Republic)


    Before the war, Paul Chester Jerome Brickhill was a journalist and he joined the R.A.A.F. in 1941. After completing his flight training, he was posted to 74 Squadron, R.A.F. In March 1943, he was shot down over the Mareth Line in Tunesia. He bailed out and landed in a minefield near an Italian position and was made a prisoner of war. During his detention, he was one of the organizers of the great escape from Stalag Luft III; later he would write a book about it, entitled: "The Great Escape."
    After the war he wrote various books about the experiences and stories of fellow prisoners which he had recorded during his imprisonment.

    1941: Royal Australian Air Force;
    ?: Empire Air Training Scheme, Canada;
    January 1942: No. 74 Squadron, RAF.

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