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Australian survivor of 'Great Escape' from German POW camp during WWII dies aged 101

  • In this June 23, 2015 photo provided by Gordon Royle, his father Paul Royle poses for a photo holding a picture of himself in uniform during World War ll, in Perth, Australia.  Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was 101. (Garry Sarre/Gordon Royle via AP)

    In this June 23, 2015 photo provided by Gordon Royle, his father Paul Royle poses for a photo holding a picture of himself in uniform during World War ll, in Perth, Australia. Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was 101. (Garry Sarre/Gordon Royle via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by Gordon Royle shows a photograph of his father Paul Royle in uniform during World War ll. Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was 101.(Gordon Royle via AP)

    This undated photo provided by Gordon Royle shows a photograph of his father Paul Royle in uniform during World War ll. Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. He was 101.(Gordon Royle via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass break out from a German prisoner of war camp during WWII that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth. He was 101.

The escape was the subject of a 1963 Hollywood movie "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen.

Gordon Royle said on Friday that his father died Sunday at a Perth hospital following surgery on a hip fracture that he suffered in a fall in a nursing home.

Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports that Royle's death leaves only one survivor of the 76 men who escaped from Stalag Luft III in 1944, 94-year-old British man Dick Churchill, a former squadron leader.