Aircraft Down!: Evading Capture in WWII Europe

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Aircraft Down! recounts six extraordinary evasion adventures that took place in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Albania, and Greece during World War II. In 1944 alone, nearly 30,000 American airmen survived bailing out of or crash landing their aircraft in Europe. The great majority were captured immediately. A few lucky ones beat tremendous odds and managed to evade their Fascist pursuers. These thrilling stories are told by an authority on pilot survival, escape, and evasion. Noted aviation author and ...
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Overview

Aircraft Down! recounts six extraordinary evasion adventures that took place in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Albania, and Greece during World War II. In 1944 alone, nearly 30,000 American airmen survived bailing out of or crash landing their aircraft in Europe. The great majority were captured immediately. A few lucky ones beat tremendous odds and managed to evade their Fascist pursuers. These thrilling stories are told by an authority on pilot survival, escape, and evasion. Noted aviation author and retired Air Force pilot Philip D. Caine based his work on official USAAF after-action reports and on extensive interviews with the airmen and some of the courageous Europeans who helped them at the risk of their own lives. In several cases, he retraced the actual evasion routes himself, and he has provided maps and photos that enable the reader to follow the downed airmen's actual footsteps.
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The stories of six downed airmen who managed to evade capture after being shot down during WWII. The six stories each occur in a different country<-->Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Albania, and Greece. The author draws on interviews with the airmen, official USAAF after-action reports, and interviews with some of the locals who helped them in their escapes. He precedes the stories with a chapter on the Underground and the tactics that the Germans employed in trying to prevent escapes, and concludes with a brief discussion of the art of evasion and survival. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574882346
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 The Situation 1
2 "The Drinks Are on Me!" 9
3 "My God, I Thought You Were Dead!" 52
4 "Find the Amerikanischer Flieger" 106
5 "Please, God, Help Me Get out of This!" 143
6 "All Present or Accounted For" 182
7 "I Was So Close" 224
8 The Art of Evasion and Survival 271
A Note on Sources 275
Index 279
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