Famous Trojan Horse made from old plywood by Lincolnshire farmer

Roger Maw in his 70s and one of the letters he wrote home in 1943 during his incarceration Stalag Luft 3.
Roger Maw in his 70s and one of the letters he wrote home in 1943 during his incarceration Stalag Luft 3.

Roger Maw’s part in the Trojan Horse adventure was acknowledged in Stolen Journey, the book written by Olly Philpot, one of the three men involved in the escape.

Olly made his escape disguised as margarine salesman Jon Jorgason, Roger making him a little sample box with a secret compartment.

Olly presented Roger with a copy of the book in 1950, inscribed: “To Roger Maw, without whose aid the Trojan Horse would never have galloped, nor would ‘Jon Jorgason’ have ever succeeded in hiding his documents during his stolen journey!”

Roger’s son Michael Maw says his father, in charge of “the morale of the prisoners (of Hut 64) and annoying the Germans”, loved making things, and actually made a working clock while in the camp.

Michael says: “My father was like so many of his generation, he wasted nothing. Everything had a use.”

A pile of plywood and bed boards turned Roger into the Wooden Horse Hero.