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Paul Royle dies at 101; one of the last "Great Escape" survivors

Paul Royle dies at 101; one of the last "Great Escape" survivors

Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as the Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101. The escape was the subject of a 1963 movie, "The Great Escape," starring Steve McQueen, a work of artistic license that Royle loathed. Royle died Sunday at a Perth hospital following surgery for a hip fracture that he suffered in a fall in a nursing home three weeks ago, his son Gordon Royle said. Royle's death leaves only one survivor among the 76 men who escaped from Stalag Luft III, located outside Berlin. The survivors had formed an informal...

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