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"The one that got away"
Franz Xaver Graf von Werra was a German World War II fighter pilot and flying ace who was shot down over England and captured. He is generally regarded as the only Axis prisoner of war to succeed in escaping from a Canadian prisoner of war camp and returning to Germany, though a second man, a U-Boat rating named Walter Kurt Reich is said to have jumped from a Polish troopship in the St. Lawrence river in July 1940. Von Werra managed to return to Germany on 18 April 1941. Oberleutnant von Werra was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 14 December 1940.
On 25 October 1941 Von Werra took off in Bf 109F-4 on a practice flight. He suffered engine failure and crashed into the sea and was killed. His body was never found.