Philpot, Oliver.


4th imp., 1951. 412 pp., photo-plates + ills., + e.p., maps. D.j., 20 x 13cm. Some creasing + a little chipping to d.j., ; small owner's name & date to prelim o/w V.G.+. Stalag Luft III was the POW camp built especially by Goering to contain the RAF securely until the end of the war. Through a lively narrative this book tells the story of the first RAF officer ever to escape to neutral territory from Stalag Luft III. The author tells how he was captured by Germans when his bomber went down in the North Sea and how initially he was relieved to be rescued by anyone. He describes his numerous plans and attempts to escape until finally he found a plan that worked. His unparalleled journey from the Czechoslovak border, through Germany and up to Stockholm, makes gripping reading before he describes the elation of landing back in the Scottish aerodrome.

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