23 Mar 2014

NZ at 'Great Escape' anniversary

9:18 am on 23 March 2014

The great-grand nephew of an airman killed in a mass escape attempt from a WWII prison camp will be one of a handful of New Zealanders marking 70th anniversary commemorations in Poland.

In what came to be known as 'The Great Escape', 76 men tunnelled their way out of a Nazi prisoner of war camp in Poland on 24 March 1944.

Five New Zealand airmen were involved and were captured. Three were killed, including Flying Officer Porokoru Patapu Pohe. His great-grand nephew, Keepa Hipango, will attend the commemorations on Monday.

New Zealand's Ambassador to Poland, a New Zealand Airforce Squadron leader and a representative from the territorial forces will also attend.