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Book telling story of wartime hero launched at Mildenhall Museum

Jocelyne Blakey launched a book based on her father's wartime exploits at Mildenhall Museum ANL-140518-185244009

Jocelyne Blakey launched a book based on her father's wartime exploits at Mildenhall Museum ANL-140518-185244009

The tale of a prisoner-of-war whose ingenuity aided escapes from Stalag Luft III using a wooden vaulting horse has been told in a new book.

Wapitis, Wellingtons and Binderband, written as a collaboration by its subject, Wing Commander Roger Maw DFC, and his children has been launched at Mildenhall Museum.

While a prisoner-of-war during World War Two Wing Cdr Maw was approached to build a wooden vaulting horse, which would provide cover for a man as he dug a tunnel underneath.

The scheme was successful and his carefully designed horse helped three prisoners escape.

Wing Cdr Maw’s daughter Jocelyn Blakey said the ingenuity he showed at the camp was typical of a man who always sought to improve and invent.

The book charts Wing Cdr Maw’s life as he joined the Air Force and flew by-planes over India and Egypt to his retirement farming in Lincolnshire.

Copies of the book are on sale at Mildenhall Museum or by emailing Jocelyn via jocelyn.c.blakey@gmail.com

 

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