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Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape

Johnny Pohe and the Great Escape.

by Philip Cleaver

Porokoru Patapu (Johnny) Pohe was a daring and gifted pilot who flew bomber aircraft in the Second World War. In 1943, after twenty-two successful missions, his aircraft was shot down and he was captured. Johnny was taken to Stalag Luft III, a prison camp deep in Nazi Germany. This article tells the story of an ambitious prison escape that ended tragically for Johnny and for many others. It includes information about Māori involvement in the Second World War and about the devastating impact of bombing civilians in Germany.

Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

Learning area: Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: “Fly” SJ L4 May 2019 | “Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū: The Pioneer Māori Battalion” SJ L3 June 2014 | “Lest We Forget” SJ L4 June 2014 | “King and Country” SJ L4 June 2014 | “The Desert Kaupoi” SJSL L4 2014

Topics: bombers, bombing, courage, escape, flying, history, Hitler, ingenuity, internment, Johnny Pohe, Māori, Māori Battalion, pilots, prison camps, prisoners of war, RNZAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Second World War, Stalag Lu¡ III, the Great Escape, tunnelling, war crimes, World War II

In: School Journal Level 4 May 2019

Publication date: May 2019

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