BRITISH TV legend Sir David Jason was a special guest at RAF Cranwell earlier this year, a visit which will be aired in his new show later this month.
Sir David, aka Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, visited the camp to film for ‘David Jason’s Greatest Escapes’, which will be broadcast on ITV on Monday, August 29.
It is an hour-long programme looking at great escapes carried out during the Second World War. Starring in it are service personnel from the station’s 45, 55 and 16 squadrons. They were asked to recreate a Second World War prisoner of war escape from Warburg, home to POW camp Oflag VI-B.
The camp was located in north west Germany and operational during the first two years of the war.
During incarceration, the prisoners built scaling ladders which were disguised as shelving in the camp music room.
On the night of August 30, 1942, the men made their great escape. The electrics to the camp search lights and exterior lights were cut and they had only 90 seconds to erect the ladders, climb up and over and make their dash to freedom.
Most were recaptured but three Dutch men made it home.
Following a challenge by Sir David, the RAF Cranwell servicemen used materials similar to those used in the POW camp escape. They then had 90 seconds, just like the POWs, to climb over barbed wire to freedom.
Watch the action in ‘David Jason’s Greatest Escapes’, starting at 9pm on August 29.