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Paul Chester Jerome Brickhill (December 20, 1916April 23, 1991) was an Australian writer, whose World War II books were turned into popular movies. December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb. ...


Educated at North Sydney Boys High School, before World War II, Brickhill worked as a journalist. During the war, he was a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. As a prisoner of the Germans, Brickhill participated in the mass escape from Stalag Luft III. Brickhill documented the escape in The Great Escape (New York: Norton, 1950). The movie The Great Escape was based on that book. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the air force branch of the Australian Defence Force. ... Stalag Luft III (Stammlager Luft, or Permanent Camp for Airmen #3) was a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that housed captured air force personnel and was operated by the German Luftwaffe. ... For the Married. ...


Several other books by Brickhill were made into movies, including:

Reach for the Sky is a 1956 movie about the career of Douglas Bader. ... Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (February 21, 1910 (St Johns Wood, London) - September 5, 1982), was a successful fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. ... The Dam Busters is a 1954 British war film, set during World War II, and documenting the true story of the RAFs 617 Squadron, the development of the bouncing bomb, and Operation Chastise - the attack on the Ruhr dams in Germany. ... The Dam Buster is a 1951 book by Paul Brickhill about Operation Chastise a mission by the British Royal Air Force to destroy German dams during World War II. ...

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  • "Brickhill, Paul Chester Jerome 1916–1991." Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, 69: 68–69.

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Fictionwise eBooks: Paul Brickhill (405 words)
Brickhill, an Australian, had flown missions against the Germans in Tunisia for the Royal Australian Air Force when he was shot down in 1943.
A native of Melbourne, Brickhill had begun a career as a newspaper reporter at the Sydney Sun when war was declared in 1939.
The following year, Brickhill published The Dam Busters, an acclaimed account of pinpoint bombing raids by the 617 Squadron, followed by an anthology of POW stories entitled Escape or Die (1952) and Reach for the Sky (1954) a biography of aviator Douglas Bader.
★ Reviews for Harsh,_George (1074 words)
Paul Brickhill, based on his actual experiences in a prison camp and using characters based on real life POW's, takes the reader behind the wire at a World War II prison camp.
Paul Brickhill mentions his own role in the escape only very briefly in the foreword to the work.
A key element of the escape plan, as Brickhill recounts in great detail, was the forging of official papers required for freedom of movement across the Reich.
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