didn figure they get very far. And of course, most of them didn he said in an interview in his room at Richmond Woods, a retirement home in north London, Ont.
Edy wore the jacket during his time being shuttled to other PoW camp and it kept him warm during the Forced March, when 80,000 Allied PoWs were evacuated by marching across Europe in Converse Navy High Tops
He discovered a young Canadian pilot purchased his father jacket for Converse Shoes High Tops Men
The 96 year old Edy has a larger Internet presence than many veterans. His daughter, Barb Edy, corresponds with people all around the world on her father behalf, becuase she runs the website for Edy book, Goon in the Block, which recounts his military days.
Colin Kirby Green, who was only eight when his father was killed, was at an anniversary event for the Great Escape.
the winter of 1945.
Reuniting the jacket with the family of Kirby Green is another tale of the power of the Internet.
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was in quite a few of the productions myself, Edy said.
Edy and the rest of the PoWs at Stalag Luft III saw the remains of 50 escapees delivered to the camp a short while later.
It was the Great Escape.
Their deaths were to serve as a lesson to the other PoWs.
In 1944, air force pilot Donald Edy listened from his bunk in a German prisoner of war camp as 76 men slipped into the mouth of a hand dug tunnel. More than 200 men planned a mass escape from the Stalag Luft III camp in eastern Germany.
For prisoners of war hatching plans to regain their freedom passed the time and fulfilled a sense of adventure. It was a carefully choreographed routine, Edy said.
The PoWs were surprisingly willing actors, directors and stage crew, launching the Sagan Theatre from within the walls of the camp.
Stalag Luft III taken in 1943, is featured in Goon In The Block, a book written by and recounting Edy's time as a prisoner of the Germans in the Second World War. Edy was interned at Stalag Luft III, the German prisoner of war camp made famous in the movie The Great Escape, when the mass escape the film was based on took place. At first, it was all a big game. An adventure.
100 pounds in a PoW auction.
Though Kirby Green didn yet know the man was Don Edy, he began searching online and eventually connected with Edy daughter.
He wanted to look sharp for his on stage appearances and trips to the theatre.
didn even know Tom was married, Edy said. never even gave it a thought. wrote in a letter to Kirby Green: knew your father in Stalag Luft III, not intimately, but as an acquaintance. He was tall, friendly and very handsome. about the connection gave Don Edy an idea. Why not return the jacket carefully tucked away in a closet to Kirby Green son in England?
When he finally returned home to Canada, Edy wore the jacket at his wedding in August 1945.
He paid for the jacket by sending a letter to Barclays Bank in England, asking for money to be wired from his account to another.
Edy was looking for something to wear to the theatre when he bought British fighter pilot Thomas Kirby Green jacket.
since I was shot down I was just in battle dress. I kind of wanted to dress up, Edy said.
Edy wasn part of the escape efforts he said he knew it was doomed for failure and wasn sorry to be left behind that night.
was furious, Edy said. wanted to shoot every last one of them. belongings of those killed in the Great Escape went up for auction in the PoW camp. Proceeds were to go to the families of the men who were shot.
Kirby Converse Purple Suede Green correspondence with Edy daughter was the first indication Edy old PoW acquaintance even had a family.
try to escape, you get caught, or maybe you get out. You get brought back, spend a week or two weeks in the cooler, the camp prison. And back into the camp. It was a great adventure. least that was the dance played by prisoners and guards until March 24, 1944, the night of the Great Escape, when so many prisoners planned to begin their journey into underground tunnels and outside the camp boundaries to freedom.
A photo of retired RAF Flt Lt Don Edy, second from left with a group of fellow prisoners in room 11, block 123 of German prisoner of war camp Converse Boots
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