Wellingborough, 1st ed., 1987. 159 pp., frontis., a wealth of photo-ills., + some ills., & plans. D.j., 24 x 20cm. Some traces of damp o/w V.G.+. This book provides a new and useful perspective on the conduct and events of the Allied strategic air campaign in Europe during World War II. Supported by dozens of rare and unusual photographs, the author describes the furious air battles of the US 8th and 15th Air Forces over Nazi Germany that led to the predicament of many shot-down airmen as well as the personal campaigns they fought to regain their freedom. Fascinating for its gripping and factual re-creation of the bomber-fighter/flak encounters, the earthbound confrontations between POWs and Stalag guards provide a real insight into the war as those who ‘fell from formation' saw it. Many incredible, previously unpublished stories of escape and evasion and detailed accounts of the liberation from some of the main POW camps provide the rest of the story of the young men whose only wish was to be ‘home by Christmas'.