Welcome to Project 104 - 'The Great Escape Project'
The aim of Project 104 was to build a replica of 'Hut 104', the hut from which the entrance to Great Escape tunnel ‘Harry' was concealed. This would be built at the site of the Great Escape Museum at Zagan, Poland . It will act as a memorial to all those who were PoW's at Stalag Luft III and as an education centre for future visits by Service personnel and the public. The hut was completed and the Royal Air Force Opened the Replica ‘Great Escape’ Hut as Lasting Memorial on Saturday 16th August, in the presence of two of the camp’s original residents, see the full story.
The Project 104 executives met in late 2010 to discuss the possibility of excavating the Great Escape site at Zagan, Poland. The plans are embryonic at this stage, but it is hoped that a ground survey will take place in the Spring (2011) with a possible excavation taking place this summer. Several companies have expressed an interest in making a television documentary about this exciting new project. More details will follow once decisions have been made regarding the ground survey and after the necessary permissions have been granted for this project to go ahead.
The project executives are: Air Commodore (Retired) Charles Clarke OBE (President of the RAFs POW Association), Lt Col Phil Westwood (Royal Engineers), Dr Howard Tuck (RAF historian and Minerva Specialist Programmes) and Flt Lt Tim Barlow (28 (AC) Sqn, RAF Benson).
An emotional silence fell over Zagan, Poland with the official opening.
Watch the video footage of the Grand Opening.
Daily Gallery updates during the build of 'Project 104'
News & Blog updates from the Teams
Money raised so far £50,000
The Project Manager talks about 'Project 104'