Robert Doolan was born in Cincinnati on the eve of the Unites States' entry into World War I, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1941 and served as navigator on a B-17 bomber. His plane was shot down over Holland, he was captured and served 16 months as a German prisoner of war.
Mr. Doolan, who turns 100 this month, lives in Western Hills, and continues to speak about his experiences to groups around Cincinnati.
WVXU reporter Howard Wilkinson recently talked with Robert Doolan about his love of flying and his time in the Army Air Corps and as a POW.
To read the real story of Stalag Luft III, featured in the movie The Great Escape, where Robert Doolan was held as a POW, click here.