The Secret Story of the POWs Who Tunnelled Through a Toilet to Freedom – Narratively

Part of the first group of American prisoners to arrive at Oflag 64 in June, 1943. Escapee Lt. Ed Ward is on the far right in the bottom row. Beside him is Lt. Sid ‘Mouse’ Waldman, who was in charge of soil dispersal from the Cory tunnel. (Photo courtesy Ed Ward Jr.)

Skinny, gaunt, 25-year-old William Ash from Dallas, Texas, strolled up to the wooden shed that housed the prisoner of war camp’s communal latrine block – the Abort, the Germans called it. A fellow POW lounging against the wall by the door gave Ash a nod. This guy was a “stooge,” standing lookout, and the nod indicated the “all clear.” Ash passed into the Abort building.

It was Wednesday, March 3, 1943, a bleak winter’s day. And this toilet block was the main ablutions facility in the…

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