Shot Down, a Secret Diary of One POW’s Long March to Freedom

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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.

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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
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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.