On the night of 24 March 1944, one of the largest and most daring escape attempts took place. It was World War II and more than 200 allied soldiers made a pact to escape the German prisoner of war camp, Stalag Luft III. They dug three massive tunnels, named Tom, Dick and Harry, hoping one of them would lead to their freedom – and indeed, one of them (Harry) did! 76 people were able to escape but only three managed to evade capture. As life would have it, the mastermind behind this great escape was 24-year-old South African born fighter pilot, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell. He was renowned as a master escapee, having escaped twice before. His name has gone down in history as one of the great heroes of the Second World War. This story gained so much traction that a Hollywood movie was made, with Steve McQueen in the lead role.
2020 has many of us feeling similarly to Roger Bushell – maybe not locked up, but certainly “locked down”. As restrictions are continually lowered, it’s not hard to believe that many of us are planning our escape from the confines of our homes. One might say that this is the greatest collective escape of all time and choosing the right escape plan is essential. Mossel Bay Tourism has launched a nationwide campaign aptly titled “The Great Escape to Mossel Bay”, inviting visitors from the Garden Route, the greater Western and Eastern Capes, as well as national tourists, to head over to this coastal town for their next adventure. With all of these exciting options to choose from, it’s time to plan your Great Escape to Mossel Bay!