Herbert Massey

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Herbert Martin Massey
Born 19 January 1898
Hilton, Derbyshire, England
Died 1976 (aged 78)
Barnstaple, Devon, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1915 – 22 June 1950
Rank Air Commodore
Battles/wars World War I, Arab Revolt, World War II
Awards CBE

Air Commodore Herbert Martin Massey CBE DSO MC (19 January 1898 – c. 1976) was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force during World War II. After being captured by the Germans, Massey became the Senior British Officer at Stalag Luft III.

After Massey's death, a memorial service in his honour was held on 22 May 1976 at St Clement Danes Church.[1]

Massey was the basis for the character Group Captain Ramsey in the film The Great Escape (who also walks with a stick), played by actor James Donald.

Honours and awards

He received the following awards and honours:

  • CBE - 2 Jan 1950
  • DSO - 6 Nov 1936
  • MC - 1917
  • Mentioned in Dispatches - 23 Jul 1937, 1 Jan 1941 and 24 Sep 1941


  1. "Memorial Services", The Times, 12 May 1976, p. 32.