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Squadron Leader Peter Tunstall - 415 Days In Solitary During Wwii

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Squadron Leader Peter Tunstall, who has died at the age of 94, fell squarely into this category, having been court martialled no less than five times for his efforts to rile guards - even pelting his Nazi captors with water bombs.

He was rewarded for his antics with a total 415 days in solitary confinement during his stint at the notorious prison, but the punishments failed to deter Tunstall from making five audacious attempts to escape during his time as a PoW.


First sent to Barth in Poland after he was captured in 1940, Tunstall was quick to join an escape party that tried to steal a German plane to make their get away. He was transferred to Spangenberg Castle in Germany where he was part of an infamous incident which saw an Allied prisoner walk out of the camp wearing a stolen Nazi uniform and flanked by fellow inmates posing as Swiss.

I think he deserves a mention for his antics.

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