Based on a secret diary maintained during four years of imprisonment, this is an authentic voice from WWII. The author demonstrates charm and optimism which lightens what might have been a depressing story. Recommended.
NAME: Shot Down, a Secret Diary of One POW's Long March to Freedom FILE: R2400 AUTHOR: Alex Kerr PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 199 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: RAF, POW, Germany, Long March, World War Two, Second World War, WWII, WW2 ISBN: 1-47387-802-0 IMAGE: B2400.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/zy6l3xm LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: Based on a secret diary maintained during four years of imprisonment, this is an authentic voice from WWII. The author demonstrates charm and optimism which lightens what might have been a depressing story. Recommended. One of the crew of a Wellington bomber, shot down over Germany, the author had expected to be repatriated, having been treated in hospital for his wounds. He was one of many wounded RAF air crew to be moved into the POW camp system in what some have claimed was a breach of the rules of war. The text reads very well and is supported by a very interesting photo-plate section. The illustrations are a mix of monochrome and full colour, including images from flying training in Canada. The author started his military career as a soldier in the Cameron Highlanders, before being accepted by the RAF under the Empire Air Training Scheme. This scheme enabled potential air crew to fly in Canada beyond the range of German aircraft and it produced significant numbers of new aircrew, many serving in Bomber Command. Wellington KO-B was crash landed in Tonning by badly wounded navigator Bill Legg in 1941. The twin engine Wellington was the mainstay of Bomber Command, until the four engine heavy bombers began to reach the squadrons. Even then if continued to be an important part of the bombing offensive against Germany and was loved by its crews. The unique and rugged structure was able to absorb enormous damage and this undoubtedly helped the wounded navigator to land it after after being attacked by a German night fighter. Initially hospitalized, the author was then transferred into the POW camp system which was a less than ideal situation of someone still recovering from serious wounds. His diary records life in the camp, his part in three escape attempts and his part in the infamous 'Long March' An inspiring story that rewards the reader.