Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, War
A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.
Franz Von Werra may not have been the only German prisoner-of-war to escape from captivity and return to Germany. A U-Boat rating, Walter Kurt Reich, is said to have jumped from a Polish troopship (presumably the ex-liner Sobieski) into the St. Lawrence River in July 1940.
Franz von Werra:
Hello, RAF intelligence? Hello, RAF. I'm looking for the microphone hidden near the window of my room. This is Oberleutnant Von Werra calling the RAF, are you receiving me? Werra calling and testing.
As stated early in the film Franz Von Werra had a straight forefinger on his right hand. However, at various stages during the film, Hardy Kruger had apparently forgotten this, as he continuously bends that finger.
Closing credits epilogue: Despite the efforts of the Canadian Government to obtain his return, and of the United States Authorities to hold him, Von Werra crossed the border into Mexico. Travelling by way of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Spain, he reached Berlin on 18th April. 1941. On October 25th of the same year, while on patrol, his plane was seen to dive into the sea. No trace of Von Werra was found.
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