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Patrick Wilson Langford

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Patrick Wilson Langford

March 31, 1944


Sagan, Poland

Military Service


Service Number:

C/1631

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Mentioned in despatches.

Honours and Awards:

Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information


Born:

November 4, 1919
Edmonton, Alberta

Enlistment:

January 29, 1940
Edmonton, Alberta

Son of Captain Richard Wilson Langford and Olive Mary (nee Stevens) Langford, of Victoria, British Columbia. Brother of Richard Dennis and Diana Mary. He was one of six Canadian airmen shot after being recaptured during an escape from Stalag Luft 3.

Commemorated on Page 358 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

7. C. 7.

Location:

Poznan (or Posen), which is the capital of the Province of the same name, is a cathedral city on the River Wanta. The POZNAN OLD GARRISON CEMETERY is on the northern side of the town.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Lieutenant Patrick Wilson Langford is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Lieutenant Patrick Wilson Langford is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Certificate– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me.
  • Photo of PATRICK WILSON LANGFORD– Flight Lieutenant Patrick Langford -2e Pilot Langford picture located in London, England with William White's family. William White "Chalky" was a RAF pal and the rear gunner on their Wellington that was shot down on an operation to Hamburg on the night of July 28-29 1942. Patrick Langford, Frank Lowe and William White were the only 3 to survive the the crash and were taken POWs.
  • Photo of PATRICK WILSON LANGFORD– Pilot P. Langford. Prisoner No. 710 Stalag Luft III involved in "The Great Escape" Murdered by the Gestapo March 31 1944
  • Memorial– Banquet commemorating the 70th anniversary of the The Great Escape and "The Fifty" at Zagan Palace, Poland March 24, 2014
  • Memorial– Banquet commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Great Escape and "The Fifty" at Zagan Palace, Poland March 24 2014. Individual paintings of prisoners done with Klum milk on blotting paper.
  • Memorial– Lincoln Memorial in England, International Bomber Command Centre ~ Patrick Wilson Langford
  • Cemetery– Flight crew Picture. On the night of 28-29 July 1942 he took off in a Wellington Mark ic bomber (R1450) from RAF Upper Heyford to bomb the German shipbuilding and port of Hamburg flying as Instructor with a student crew. The bomber was shot down over Lubeck, Germany and crashed killing 3 of the crew, the pilot was taken prisoner unhurt but Langford and rear gunner were taken prisoner seriously injured. He had baled out with his parachute on fire and was badly burned and hospitalized for 2 months by the Germans during which time he was promoted to full flight lieutenant before being sent on October 1 1942 to Stalag Luft III Zagan, Poland.
  • Cemetery– In Memory of Flight Lieutenant Patrick Wilson Langford
Service Number: C/1631
Royal Canadian Air Force
Son of Richard Wilson Langford & Olive Mary Langford of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Remembered with Honour
Death 31 Mar 1944, Age 24 years
Burial Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
Poznan, Poland Plot 7.C.7.
  • Letter– Captain Frank Lowe's recount of the events the night of July 28-29 1942, Pilot Patrick Langford was second Pilot.
Shot Down In Flames! 3 survivors of a total crew of 6. Patrick Langford survived the crash. He was taken as a prisoner of war after being released from a German hospital and was one of the fifty who were shot on Hitler's orders after "The Great Escape" from Stalag Luft 3.
  • Photo of PATRICK WILSON LANGFORD– Patrick Langford in 1941 (Dennis Langford ~ brother)
  • Photo of PATRICK WILSON LANGFORD– The 6 Canadians who were apart of The Fifty murdered by the Gestapo that gave their lives so that we all can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Henry Birkland ~ Spear Hill, Manitoba
Gordon Kidder ~ St. Catharines, Ontario
Patrick Langford ~ Edmonton, Alberta
George McGill ~ Toronto, Ontario
James Wernham ~ Ontario
George Wiley ~ Windsor, Ontario

Lest we Forget!
  • Other– As prisoner No. 710 Langford was involved in the planning and excavation of the tunnel code-named "Harry" which was located under the barrack's stove in Room 23 of Block 104. He was also the "trapfuehrer" responsible to ensure that the red hot stove on its tiled piece of removable flooring was back in place over the tunnel whenever the guards were nearby. He mastered his technique to a point that he could close the trap door above the tunnellers cushioned with blankets to kill any hollow sound, and get the stove in place with carefully replaced dust and dirt within 20 seconds of a guard approaching. Langford saved the tunnel from discovery on several occasions. The tunnel was completed in early March 1944 measuring 106.07 m (348 ft) in length and the date for the break-out was set for 24 March. Approximately 600 airmen had worked on various aspects of the tunnel's construction. A list of 220 people was compiled for the actual escape but only 80 managed to get through the tunnel and of these, four were apprehended at the tunnel's exit. He was one of the 76 men who escaped the prison camp on the night of 24–25 March 1944 in the escape now famous as "the Great Escape". Langford was one of the 50 escapers executed and murdered by the Gestapo.
  • Photo of PATRICK WILSON LANGFORD– Langford was one of the 50 escapers executed and murdered by the Gestapo. March 1944

The Great Escape Stalag Luft 3 
In Memory of The Fifty Officers who gave their lives.

Per Ardua Ad Astra ~ "through adversity to the stars"
  • Photo of Patrick Langford– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Entrance to  Harry - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– The Canadians - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Near the exit of Tunnel Harry - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Memorial Garden - The plaque under the cross reads "Erected by the Prisoners of War of the allied air forces in honoured memory of their comrades who died at Stalag Luft 3 during the war AD 1939-1945 Per Ardua ad Astra" ... Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Memorial - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Memorial Stone - Stalag Luft III, Zagan, Poland … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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