Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Funeral for "The Great Escape" Hero

The inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in "The Great Escape" - one of my favorite movies - is buried.
A World War II hero who escaped from prison camps seven times and who died aged 102 was buried on Tuesday.

Squadron Leader Eric Foster is thought to have inspired Steve McQueen's character in the film "The Great Escape."

Mr. Foster, from Gloucestershire, was shot down in 1940 when he was a Flight Lieutenant with 38 Bomber Squadron.

Over the next four years he escaped seven times, but was recaptured on each occasion. He died at his home in Bishop's Cleeve in March.

Mr Foster's funeral took place in the Gloucestershire town on Tuesday afternoon.
[BBC News]

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