Dick Churchill has passed away at age 99.

Wonder why this is of note? Churchill, has it happens, was the last surviving participant in a March 1944 breakout from a German Stalag that later was dramatized in the film The Great Escape and the book on which the movie was based.

Churchill, a British airman, did not make it to freedom; he was recaptured, as were all but three of the 76 prisoners who got out. (Fifty of those prisoners were summarily executed. Churchill later speculated that his life may have been spared because the Germans believed - inaccurately - that he was related to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.)