On this night, four officers, operating in pairs, slipped
through a specially cut hole in the British theater floor, dropped into a
unoccupied room, and walked out into a corridor that led over the main gate of
the prisoners' yard and into an attic over the German guardroom. Dressed as
German officers, first one pair and then the other descended into and walked
out of the temporarily unoccupied guardroom, strolled under the archway into
the German courtyard, and exited the main gate. Fearful of being stopped at the
final gate beyond the moat, they turned east out of the main gate and, under
cover of darkness, clambered over the unguarded wall along the park road.
Though the Germans captured one pair, they did not get the other: Dutch Lieut.
Tony Luteyn reached Switzerland with his partner, English Lieut. Airey Neave,
the first Brit to flee successfully.