jacket, as worn by Oliver Philpot during his escape from Stalag Luft III

Catalogue number
  • EPH 6364
Department
Exhibits
Materials
  • whole: plastic
  • whole: fabric
Alternative names
  • full name: jacket, as worn by Oliver Philpot during his escape from Stalag Luft III
  • simple name: CLA
Category
souvenirs and ephemera

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Physical description

Double-breasted black jacket with pockets inside and out, four large plastic buttons down each side (eight in total), leather hook for hanging inside neck; as worn by Oliver Philpot during his escape

History note

Oliver Philpot, Canadian by birth, first came to the UK to study at Oxford. He joined the RAFVR, and was a pilot in 42 Torpedo/Bomber Squadron. He was assigned to RAF Coastal Command in 1940. He was shot down off the coast of Norway in 1941, and taken prisoner. He was subsequently imprisoned in prisoner of war camps in both Germany and Poland. He was one of three men to make successful escape from Stalag Luft III in 1943. Philpot, together with Eric Williams and Michael Codner, used a wooden vaulting horse positioned close to the perimeter fence as a disguise for a tunnel which they were constructing from underneath the horse. Gradually, he collected together an escape kit, including adapted clothes, forged papers and a compass and maps made in the camp. After escaping through the tunnel on 29 October, Philpot travelled by train from Sagan to Danzig where he quickly found a ship to take him to neutral Sweden. He arrived in Stockholm on 4 November. His memoir, _Stolen Journey_, was published in 1953.

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To conservation, pending P.O.W. exhibition

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