Lie in the Dark and Listen: The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper

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Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At 17 he craved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars; rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of 21 he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown 56 hair-raising bomber missions, by night over Germany; taken part in the siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; been captured, questioned by the Gestapo, then sent to Stalag Luft III, where he participated in and survived the ...
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Overview

Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At 17 he craved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars; rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of 21 he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown 56 hair-raising bomber missions, by night over Germany; taken part in the siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; been captured, questioned by the Gestapo, then sent to Stalag Luft III, where he participated in and survived the Great Escape and terrible forced march to Bremen.

Now he lives relatively peacefully in Anglesey and in finding time to research and write his memoirs with Karen Arrandale has vividly recreated what it was like to be in charge of an air crew at such a tender age with responsibility for a large and expensive aircraft going 300 miles behind enemy lines, at the same time avoiding flak and enemy fighters and witnessing other comrades being shot down out of the sky.

Ken's story has it all, excitement, accuracy, pace and drama and he describes events which have largely passed into legend as the former Kriegies - his friends and colleagues - pass out of this world.

Wing Commander Ken Rees is one of the few remaining Great Escapers and has been interviewed extensively for newspapers, radio and television, not least during his appearances on programmes like 'Behind the Wire'.

He is an excellent raconteur with many contacts in the RAF, PoW groups and the rugby world, having in the past captained London Welsh and trialled for Wales.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780753194003
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Reminiscence Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Poem     x
Introduction     xiii
Part 1
The Most Delightful Flying Club in the World     3
Getting off the Ground     17
Flying to the Limits     32
Flying in the Dark     46
My Own Crew     68
Mediterranean Views     81
An African Holiday of Sorts     114
Tied Down     126
Snaith, not far from Little Heck     140
End of the Line     164
Part 2
"For You the War is Over"     185
Stalag Luft III, Sagan: East Compound     204
Stalag Luft III: North Compound     220
Kriegies     235
Tom, Dick and Harry     251
The Summer of 1943     265
Digging for Victory     281
Harry is Completed     288
The Breakout     303
The Aftermath     319
Life Returns to Normal     323
The Long March     334
The Long Road Home     345
An Afterword     360
The Fifty Murdered     365
The Survivors     373
The Investigators     376
Prisoner of War Poster     378
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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    The Greatest Escape!

    You can feel the tension building, inch by stolen mile, as the craftiest bunch of the world's best and most intelligent aircrew from WW2 are (somewhat rather stupidly) collected by the Luftwaffe 'in charge' and assembled at Stalag Luft III, enabling them to achieve possibly the most famous PoW escape of world war 11!
    Ken Rees was there!! This is a charming and eloquent recital, but not about a 'Hollywood Movie', rather the real heart pumping and extraordinary truth behind the actual events of the coldest March on record in 1944.. when the 'paintball pellets' were live amunition, that could and did indescriminately kill!... Fifty chosen braves in fact!!..ordered by the cruel and psychopathic Adolf Hitler: of whose chosen victims later became heroes and martyrs for the simple cause of freedom that we now so often take for granted. 'Lie in the Dark and Listen' is a wonderful account of a time (and generation near lost!) that makes any reader search for a signed copy!!

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