Beach resident Wally Floody’s role in The Great Escape to be topic of online talk

From left: James Coburn, Wally Floody, and Charles Bronson chat on the movie set of The Great Escape, built near Munich, in 1962. Photo courtesy Cathernie Heron, sister of the late Wally Floody.

The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society presents a Zoom Heritage Talk on March 23 remembering the Second World War’s The Great Escape.

It will be presented by Brian Floody, who will talk about his father Wally Floody who played a pivotal role in the escape from Stalag Luft 3 in March of 1944. It is famously remembered in the 1963 movie The Great Escape.

Floody was known as The Tunnel King in the prisoner-of-war camp, and a character played by Charles Bronson in the film is also called The Tunnel King. For more on the movie and Floody’s role in the escape, please see

The online talk is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Please go to for info on how to join in on Zoom.

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