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Stolen bed slats and floor boards from the prison were used to construct the ribs and frame of the plane. Electrical wiring from unused portions of the castle were fitted as rudder and elevator control wires. The skin of the glider was made from sleeping bags sealed with boiled ration millet. (This is the only known photograph of the original glider taken on 15 April 1945 by Lee Carson, one of two American newspaper correspondents.)

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On the crest of a tall ridge in the German town of Colditz stands a Renaissance castle.

By Richard Haddad, WNI May 9, 2017
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