Like Hitler, Ronnie Morgan spent the last days of the war holed up in a bunker. Luckily for the Brummie POW, it wasn't a concrete Berlin bolthole, but more likely to be a tricky sandtrap on the ninth hole at the infamous Great Escape prisoner camp.
And while his fellow prisoners dug tunnels and practised their German to get out of the notorious camp and back to the war, Ronnie and his mates were more concerned with getting out of the rough and back on to the fairway.
RAF navigator Ronnie, who was a member of Moseley Golf Club, was captured by the Germans and sent to Stalag Luft 3, the prisoner of war camp after his plane was shot down over Germany.
The camp he was sent to was later made famous by Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and a host of other famous names in The Great Escape. Nearly 80 prisoners dug three tunnels – nicknamed Tom, Dick and Harry – and made a heroic bid for freedom from the camp in March 1944.
But while he was there, Ronnie and some friends decided to pass the time in a slightly less dangerous way, and got permission from the camp Commandant to build a small course inside the prison compound.
And they were even helped out by the camp guards, who would run to fetch balls hit over the cookhouse and out of bounds.
To make the course, Ronnie and his friends flattened and dug out a few "holes", using makeshift tees and tree stumps as targets. And then they turned to the task of making clubs and balls. They carved pieces of wood to make clubs, and at first, made balls from leather sewn around bundles of cloth.
But as time went on, their methods became more sophisticated, and they started to ask for plimsolls or anything else made of rubber to be sent from home. They would cut the rubber into strips and pack them tightly into a round leather hand-stitched casing.
And Ronnie became so good at making the balls himself that he was able to produce them to the exact dimensions and weight specified by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club rules – the codebook for the game.
Although Ronnie made dozens of pieces of golfing equipment during his time at the camp, Moseley Golf Club has only got one ball.
It was donated by Ronnie's wiidow after his death in the 1990s, and is displayed in the cabinet at the club. Owners said it had no real monetary value, but was a vital piece of the club's 150-year history.
The golf ball will be seen on a special sporting memorabilia edition of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow on Sunday March 16 in aid of Sports Relief.
Brian Jones, a member of Moseley Golf Club, said it would be wonderful to see the club's history recounted on the small screen, describing the club's chance to appear on Antiques Roadshow as "tremendous".
The historic club was founded in the 19th Century by a group of local enthusiasts, including the uncle of writer JRR Tolkien.
And they are now hoping that the appearence of the golf ball on television may lead to the rediscovery of more Stalag Luft balls that may have been lost over the years.