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The one that got away

The One That Got Away
The true story of a Prisoner of War Escape

Kendal Burt & James Leasor

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The first escape story of a German in England, telling of a Luftwaffe pilot, Franz von Werra, who was shot down in the Battle of Britain. The first escape, from a PoW camp near Satterthwaite in the English Lake District, was foiled at Broughton Mills where he was recaptured three days later – only to escape his captors! Two days later he was finally recaptured on Hesk Fell.

He was subsequently to escape once again, this time from Swanwick camp in Derbyshire. This time he managed to enter Hucknall Aerodrome, feigning Dutch nationality before being recaptured once again. Eventually he was to arrive in a PoW camp further away from his native land – in Canada! Unsurprisingly, given his previous record, he escaped from here across the St Lawrence to the then-neutral United States, later returning to duty in his native Germany.

Hardback in black cloth, pp255 + frontispiece illustration, 10 plates, also 6 maps within the text.

This copy is in Very Good condition, in a Good dustjacket (several small closed tears and chips, though complete).

Published by Collins with Michael Joseph, 1956.

Did you know?

von Werra himself wrote a book of his exploits, Meine Flucht aus England (My Escape from England). However the Propaganda ministry forbade its publication, being deemed insufficiently anti-British.

The one that got away

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