Shot Down and on the Run: True Stories of Royal Air Force and Commonwealth aircrews of WWII [Great Britain]

By: Graham Pitchfork

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These extraordinary true stories retell the experiences of British, Canadian, Australian and other Commonwealth airmen who survived behind enemy lines. Based on first-hand accounts and the little known official debriefs, they evoke both the heroic characters and the hostile terrain they endured including: .The Halifax pilot shot down in northern Germany who walked and cycled over 1000 miles to safety in Barcelona.The Wellington crew who were rescued after a 400-mile, 28-day trek through an African desert.The pilot officer who fell in love with a Dutch resistance fighter; she was betrayed and sent to Ravensbruck, yet both lived to get married after the warIllustrated with rare photographs of evaders and their rescuers, the book also explores the organization and evasion by the shadowy Military Intelligence body MI9.

Title: Shot Down and on the Run: True Stories of Royal Air Force and Commonwealth aircrews of WWII [Great Britain]

Author: Graham Pitchfork

Categories: Britain, Great Britain,

Publisher: The National Archives [United Kingdom]:

ISBN Number: 190561506X

ISBN Number 13: 9781905615063

Binding: Paperback

Book Details: The National Archives [United Kingdom]

Seller ID: 615063

Description: These extraordinary true stories retell the experiences of British, Canadian, Australian and other Commonwealth airmen who survived behind enemy lines. Based on first-hand accounts and the little known official debriefs, they evoke both the heroic characters and the hostile terrain they endured including:
· The Halifax pilot shot down in northern Germany who walked and cycled over 1000 miles to safety in Barcelona
· The Wellington crew who were rescued after a 400-mile, 28-day trek through an African desert
· The pilot officer who fell in love with a Dutch resistance fighter; she was betrayed and sent to Ravensbruck, yet both lived to get married after the war


Illustrated with rare photographs of evaders and their rescuers, the book also explores the organization and evasion by the shadowy Military Intelligence body MI9.

About Author
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork is an aviation historian and defence consultant. During his 36 years in the RAF he served as navigator, commanded a Buccaneer squadron and, before retiring in 1995, was appointed a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. His previous books include the companion volume about land-based rescues Shot Down and on the Run (2003), The Buccaneers (2002) and Men behind the Medals (1998); he has also written numerous articles on aviation history.
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