Colditz Cock

Colditz Cock

ReplicaNazi prisoner-of-war camps guards should have looked in the attic at Colditz Castle. They looked for tunnels and other possible escape attemtps but never the attic. They should have because the attic of Colditz Castle held a 19-foot glider that British prisoners had put together using scavenged materials.The plan was to launch it from the roof.  It was hoped it would send two men soaring across the River Mulde.

The American’s liberated the camp before the escape could be implemented and the Colditz Cock was lost. For  55 years its designers, Bill Goldfinch and Jack Best  wondered whether the Coldit Cock would really have flown. The found out in 1999 when a British aviation company built a full sizereplica ad the POWS thata were still alive reunited to watch the lanuch. It worked.

 

 

Colditz Cock

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(Photo Credit: The only known photograph of the original “Cock” glider taken on 15 April 1945 by Lee Carson, one of two American newspaper correspondents assigned to the task force which captured the castle.)