Downed Allied Airmen and Evasion of Capture: The Role of Local Resistance Networks in World War II

Downed Allied Airmen and Evasion of Capture: The Role of Local Resistance Networks in World War II

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786422166
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2005
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 564,267
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Herman Bodson was born in Belgium but became a naturalized American citizen in 1966. He died in 2001.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vi

Foreword by Lt. Col. J.W. Bradbury 1

Preface 7



1. The Lands: Physiography and Political Climate 15

2. Origin and Early Organization of the Escape Lines 25

3. Evasion and Its Evolution: The Lines from the Netherlands, Belgium, and France 32

4. Preparation of the Flying Personnel for Evasion 73

5. Safe Houses 82

6. Airmen in the European Underground 95

7. What to Do and Not to Do 114

8. The Traitors 124

9. Swiss Neutrality and American Airmen During World War II 138

10. Numbers and Discussion 146

Conclusion 153



Special Terms and Abbreviations 159

Appendix I: Belgium: Official List of Clandestine Nets 163

Appendix II. List of Airmen Helped by H. Bodson 167

Appendix III. RAF Questionnaire for Downed Airmen 169
Appendix IV. List of American Airmen Who Bailed Out During World War II and Were Helped by the MNB Liège Resistance Movement 171
Appendix V. Escape Kit Carried by British and American Airmen 176
Appendix VI. List of Airmen Helped in the Marathon (Belgium) Camps, 1944–1945 177
Appendix VII. List of Escapees in Switzerland 182
Appendix VIII. U.S. Medal of Freedom Awards 188
Notes 191
Sources and Bibliography 199
Index 205

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