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Edward Gordon Brettell (19 March 1915 – 29 March 1944), known as Gordon Brettell, was a British Spitfire fighter pilot who was taken prisoner during the Second World War. He took part in the 'Great Escape' from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, but was one of the men re-captured and subsequently shot by the Gestapo.
BRETTELL, EDWARD GORDON DFC(61053) age: 29 RAFVR
He was captured on 26 Sep 1942 whilst flying in Spitfire IX, BS313 of No 133 Sqn, which was lost due to very bad weather on a Circus to Morlaix. He was executed by the Gestapo following The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III at Sagan on 24 Mar 1944. He is buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
Links to the right detail the last sortie where due to bad weather, getting lost, and enemy engagement, none of his squadron returned. Most taken prisoner, 1 evaded, others KIA. Bretell was squadron leader, flying with an eagle squadron.