|Ronald Bolton Littledale|
|Died||1 September 1944, aged 42
|Years of service||1922–1944|
|Unit||King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|Commands held||2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II:|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald 'Ronnie' Bolton Littledale DSO (1902–1944) was a British Army officer who became a Prisoner of War and successfully escaped from Colditz Castle during the Second World War but was Killed in action on 1 September 1944.
Pre-World War II Army Career
World War II
Prisoner of War: Stalag XXI-D
As a Prisoner of War he made several escape attempts. In May 1941, with two other British officers; Lieutenant Mike Sinclair and Gris Davies-Scourfield, he escaped by hiding in a modified handcart carrying rubbish to a pit outside the camp. They made contact with the Polish underground movement in Warsaw but, after parting company, Davies-Scourfield was recaptured in March 1942. Littledale and Sinclair were recaptured in Bulgaria after 8 months of freedom and handed back to the Germans.
Prisoner of War: Oflag IV-C, Colditz Castle
On 15 October 1942, together with Captain Pat Reid, Lieutenant Commander William E. Stephens RNVR, and Flight Lieutenant Howard D. Wardle, he escaped from Colditz, and travelling with Stephens arrived in neutral Switzerland on 20 October 1942.
Littledale left Switzerland on 25 January 1943, and with Flight Lieutenant Hedley Fowler, who had escaped earlier from Colditz, travelled across unoccupied France. They crossed into Spain on 30 January 1943, however they were arrested by the Spanish authorities later the same day.
They were taken to a military prison at Figueras, where they were held in filthy and cramped conditions until 22 February 1943. Then they were taken to the British Consul in Barcelona. From there they travelled to Gibraltar arriving on 25 March 1943.
Littledale returned to the UK shortly afterwards.
- The Colditz Story by Pat Reid
- Colditz - The Full Story by Pat Reid
- In the Presence of My Foes by Gris Davies-Scourfield
- Those Who Dared by GA Brown
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- 'Colditz - The Full Story' by Pat Reid page 306
- WO208/3288 Official Camp History O4C - Chapter X para 4
- 'Those Who Dared' by G Brown page 120
- 'Those Who Dared' by G Brown page 121
- The London Gazette: . 4 May 1943. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
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