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Last of the 39ers: Great Escape
hero who was shot down at the
start of the war dies aged 98

Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Harris

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/4/2013 4:21:51 AM

They were the unseen heroes of the Second World War--the men who risked their lives to help others escape from German prisoner of war camps. And none did it for longer than Alfie ‘Bill’ Fripp, an RAF navigator shot down in the first weeks of battle to become a veteran of 12 different camps across Nazi-occupied Europe. His job was to make sure secret consignments of equipment vital for escape were smuggled in under the noses of German guards. Thus, you could often find Alfie starting a heated argument or engineering some administrative catastrophe to create the distraction

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 1/4/2013 4:26:32 AM     (No. 9097671)

God bless them every one.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/4/2013 6:23:35 AM     (No. 9097732)

I´ve seen the movie several times, I´ve read the books the movie was based upon and it´s a story that should not be forgotten.

Thank you for posting it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 1/4/2013 8:28:34 AM     (No. 9097915)

Another one gone. These stories are becoming more frequent as a generation which rose to greatness against a tide of evil we in the generations who followed really do not understand. It is our human burden that these stories are now on the rise, God alots us each only so much time on this plane.

It will be even sadder in a few years when these stories disappear from our newspapers and blogposts, as they inevitably will. The generation who fought in Europe, Asia and the atolls of the Pacific is leaving us.

They saved us once in their youth, and now in the storys told in their obituaries they are reminding us again of our duty. They go to a well deserved peace they were denied in life.

I lost a good freind in November. A veteran of D-Day and the bulge, who crossed the Rhine at Remagen and then returned to home to build several very successful business´ and raise a good family. Only one of my freinds who served in WWII is still with us. He will go home soon.

May they all rest in peace finally freed of the burdens they were forced to carry.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: coldborezero, 1/4/2013 9:20:03 AM     (No. 9098056)

Thank you, #4, for that lovely eulogy. Well said.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fljack, 1/4/2013 10:57:33 AM     (No. 9098288)

The US educational system cannot afford to teach actual history, combining the events with the time and context etc. It can´t afford real heroes.

Michelle Obama said that history will be changed and re-written. All of the heroes will be slandered.

Heroes will be created by the entire US Govt and its allies in education on ALL levels.

I´ve taught my children to look past the drivel offered by their schools; I hope they do the same to their children.

Good bye, sir. The world should thank you.

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