Thousands of airmen shot down over enemy soil between
1940 and 1945 miraculously escaped capture. This compelling narrative reveals their stories, based on first-hand interviews, photographs and official documents, featuring heroes from Britain, Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth
countries. These men knew extreme adversity: hunger, thirst, injury, isolation and the constant fear of capture. They also knew great kindness from the local people who risked everything to help them. Their journeys to safety - often across savage terrain - tested human endurance and ingenuity to the very limit.
Graham Pitchfork MBE served in the RAF for 36 years and was a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. He is the author of many books including this book's companion volume Shot Down and on the Run.