I remember one occasion when Group Captain Day (the Senior British Officer) was amongst a fake party with some of the chaps dressed as guards and with fake passes. They managed to get through the first exit gate before they were discovered and they all ended up getting a period of solitary in the "cooler".
|Phil Colverwell did the sketch shown here when I was giving weekly lectures on Aircraft Maintenance. This was mainly to keep our minds sharp and did not really refer to escape plans. Most serious talk took place while we were walking on the circuit inside the camp because the German "Ferrets" (guards wearing overalls) hid under the huts listening to our conversations and crawled around poking long spikes into the ground looking for tunnels. Phil was an ex-"BRAT" (Halton apprentice) and was a close friend of mine.|
We used the mneumonic F.U.C.E.M. as a way to remember the formula for rigging a biplane (easy enough to remember in our situation). It stands for: Fuselage; Undercarriage; Center Section; Empenage; Mainplanes.
Photograph of the North Compound Theatre sent to me from Holland by Ben van Drogenbroek. Again, please note the Seats made from Red Cross boxes.
|(Actually every compound had its own theatre.|
When many prisoners of the East Compound were transferred to the new built North Compound, they were allowed by the Germans to build their own Compound-theatre.
The same happened when later at the South and the West Compounds.
The theatre of the East Compound was continued in use by the prisoners who stayed behind and the new prisoners who streamed into the Compound.
So East, Center, North, South and West Compounds had each its own theatre.
Of course the prisoners couldn't travel from one Compound to another because every Compound was surrounded by a double wired fence.
This is of course the reason that every Compound had its own theatre groups and bands. However, it was sometimes allowed that theatre groups or bands performed in another Compound as well as their own.)
|Sept 1943||"TURN BACK THE CLOCK"
"GEORGE AND MARGARET"
"DESIGN FOR LIVING"
|Oct 1943||"ROOKERY NOOK"
|Nov 1943||"MUSIC HALL
"TWINKLE TWINKLE MR.STARR"
|Dec 1943||"TONY DRAWS A HORSE"||Rupert (Pud) Davies (*)|
"BETWEEN OURSELVES" - Revue
|March 1944||"ARSENIC AND OLD LACE"||Tony Hudson|
|April 1944||"PYGMALION"||Ken McIntosh & Pat Greenhaus|
|May 1944||"PHILADELPHIA STORY"
|June 1944||"I KILLED THE COUNT"
|July 1944||"THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER"
"I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE"
|Aug 1944||"PALINA PANIC"||David Porter|
|Oct 1944||"THARK"||John Madge|
|Nov 1944||"THE FLASHING STREAM"
"AT HOME" - Revue
|Dec 1944||"IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST"
"BAND SHOW No.4"
(Featuring the Les Lucas Band)
(Conducted by Arthur Loveland)
|Jan 1945||"FRENCH FOR LOVE"||Rupert (Pud) Davis (*)|
(Soon after we were repatriated, a lot of the chaps who put on these performances put on a show in London. Copies of some of the PostCards I bought at this show can be seen HERE).
|(*) Rupert (Pud) Davies appeared on BBC television
after the war as Inspector Maigret
in the series of that name.
FILMS SEEN AT THE CAMP
|"SHALL WE DANCE"||Fred Astaire|
|"ORCHESTRA WIVES"||Glen Miller|
|"DIXIE DUGAN"||Charles Ruggles|
|"CORSICAN BROTHERS"||Douglas Fairbanks Jr.|
|"BRINGING UP BABY"||Katherin Hepburn|
|"THE SPOILERS"||Marlene Dietrick|
|"THE MALE ANIMAL"||Henry Fonda|
|"OLD ENGLISH COUNTRY INNS"||See Post-War Section.|
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