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Last Great Escape hero dies

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Jun 08, 2010 | 12:15pm EDT

Jack Harrison, who survived the Great Escape plot by Allied prisoners in a World War Two prison camp, died on Friday (04Jun10) at a nursing home in Scotland.

Harrison was charged with disposing of dirt extracted from an underground tunnel, which was used to help 76 prisoners of war escape. He failed to escape himself.

Only three men managed to reach safety. German leader Adolf Hitler ordered the execution of 50 recaptured men.

Reports suggest Harrison was the last survivor of the plot, which became a major movie in 1963.

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