War hero who inspired The Great Escape dies in car crash

Posted on 4 Nov 2011 in media, news, press | 2 comments

From The Mail Online

A war hero who helped prisoners flee a prisoner of war camp that inspired the legendary film ‘The Great Escape’ has been killed in a car crash, it has emerged today.

Tragic Reginald Cleaver, 89, who survived two years in the notorious Stalag Luft III POW camp in Poland, died when his grey Honda Civic smashed into a tree in Coventry last Friday.

Mr Cleaver, incarcerated after his plane was shot down over Nazi Germany in 1943, made fake Nazi badges and SS uniforms which he gave to POWs to help them escape the camp.

Great escape Reginald Cleaver with his wife Betty


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  1. This an excellent site and I’m sorry that the youngsters of the UK will not have the opportunity to speak to our war heroes.

  2. Bless you Sir in peace eternal.

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