From the Castle Camp & Grounds:
1. French Lieutenant Alain Le Ray escaped April 11, 1941. He hid in a terrace house in a park during a game of football. First successful Colditz escapee and first to reach neutral Switzerland.
2. French Lieutenant Rene Collin escaped May 31, 1941. He climbed into the rafters of a pavilion during exercise, hid there until dark and slipped away. Made it back to France.
3. French Lieutenant Pierre Mairesse Lebrun escaped July 2, 1941. He was captured trying Collin’s method. Later vaulted over a wire in the park with the help of an associate. He reached Switzerland in eight days on a stolen bicycle.
4. Dutch Lieutenant Francis Steinmetz escaped August 15, 1941. He hid under a manhole cover in the exercise enclosure, emerged after nightfall, took a train to Gottmadingen, and reached Switzerland in three days.
5. Dutch Lieutenant E. Hans Larive also escaped August 15, 1941 with Steinmetz
6. Dutch Major C.Giebel escaped September 20, 1941 using the same method as Steinmetz.
7. Dutch Lieutenant O. L. Drijber escaped September 20, 1941 with Giebel.
8. British Lieutenant Airey M. S. Neave escaped January 5, 1942. Crawled through a hole in a camp theater (after a prisoner performance) to a guardhouse and marched out dressed as a German officer. He reached Switzerland two days later. Neave later joined MI9.
9. Dutch Lieutenant Anthony P. Luteyn escaped January 5, 1942 with Neave.
10. British Lieutenant H. N. Fowler escaped September 9, 1942. Slipped with four others through a guard office and a storeroom dressed as German officers and Polish orderlies. Only he and Van Doorninck reached Switzerland.
11. Dutch Lieutenant Damiaen Joan van Doorninck escaped September 9, 1942 with Fowler.
12. British Capt. Patrick R. Reid escaped October 14, 1942. Slipped through POW kitchens into the German yard, into the Kommandantur cellar and down to a dry moat through the park. He took four days to reach Switzerland.
13. Canadian Flight Lieutenant Howard D. Wardle (RAF) escaped October 14, 1942 with Reid.
14. British Major Ronald B. Littledale escaped October 14, 1942. Slipped through POW kitchens into the German yard, into the Kommandantur cellar and down to a dry moat through the park. He took five days to reach Switzerland.
15. British Lieutenant-Commander William E. Stephens escaped October 14, 1942 with Littledale.
16. Canadian Lieutenant William Millar escaped January, 1944. He broke into the German courtyard and hid in a German truck intending to go to Czechoslovakia. He never reached home and is listed missing on the Bayeux memorial. There is speculation that he was caught and executed in Mauthausen concentration camp.
From outside the Castle Camp & Grounds:
1. French Lieutenant J. Durand-Hornus escaped while on a visit to the town dentist December 17, 1941.
2. French Lieutenant G. de Frondeville escaped while on a visit to the town dentist December 17, 1941.
3. French Lieutenant J. Prot escaped while on a visit to the town dentist December 17, 1941.
4. Polish Lieutenant Kroner was transferred to Koningswartha Hospital where he jumped out of the window.
5. French Lieutenant Boucheron fled from Zeitz Hospital, was recaptured, and later escaped from Düsseldorf prison.
6. French Lieutenant Odry escaped from Ehterhorst Hospital.
7. French Lieutenant Navelet escaped from Ehterhorst Hospital.
8. British Captain Louis Rémy escaped from Gnaschwitz military hospital. His three companions were captured, but he reached Algeciras by boat, and later Britain.
9. British Squadron Leader Brian Paddon escaped to Sweden via Danzig when sent to his previous camp for a court martial.
10. French Lieutenant Raymond Bouillez escaped from a hospital after an unsuccessful attempt to jump from a train.
11. Dutch Lieutenant J. van Lynden slipped away when the Dutch were moved to Stanislau camp.
12. French Lieutenant A. Darthenay escaped from a hospital at Hohnstein-Ernsttal, later joined the French Resistance, and was killed by the Gestapo on April 7, 1944.
13. Indian RAMC Captain Birendra Nath Mazumdar M.D. was the only Indian in Colditz. He went on a hunger strike to have himself transferred into an Indian-only camp. His wish was granted three weeks later and he escaped from that camp to France and reached Switzerland in 1944 with the aid of the French Resistance.
14. Royal Navy ERA W. Hammond campaigned for a transfer from Colditz, arguing that he was not an officer. He was transferred to Lamsdorf prison, escaped from a Breslau work party, and reached England via Switzerland in 1943.
15. Royal Navy ERA D. Lister campaigned for a transfer from Colditz, arguing that he was not an officer. He was transferred to Lamsdorf prison, escaped from a Breslau work party, and reached England via Switzerland in 1943.