A must for any RAF researchers ..an excellent book from Oliver Clutton-Brock that Compliments his other aircrew POW book 'Footsteps in the Sands of Time'....that one covers the PoW,s .....RAF Evaders covers all those that made it back....both books list all the names and details of all the aircrew imprisoned and evader,s ....a mine of information ...including many facts and detailed stories...would recommend them both to all.....
Oliver Clutton-Brook has researched this aspect of the war very extensively and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this field of research. Placed as a source for many of the pages of remembrance on our website. Thank you Oliver for all your hard work.
This is a book about all the R.A.F. personnel who parachuted down to earth and were sent back by all the brave people who ran the escape lines, they were very brave people and took imense risks each day and we owe them alot.
Mint condition excellent price and arrived on time. 'Does what it says on the tin.' Vital source of reference and information on RAF escape and evasion in World War 2. Covers escapers and escape lines.
I came across this volume in a bookshop and it was immediately a 'must-have'. In 'RAF Evaders', Mr Clutton-Brock provides a very interesting and in-depth account of the stories of thousands of RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF, free Polish, etc. aircrew who were forced to parachute into - or crash land in - German-ocupied Europe between 1940 and 1945. Over two thousand individual stories are recounted and they are all fascinating. Mr Clutton-Brock conveys very well the challenges faced by airmen who, in the space of a few minutes, have gone from the relative safety of an aircraft to the loneliness of a county under occupation or, in many cases, to being alone on German soil. It's hard to imagine the scale of the challenge faced by aircrew in such circumstances. Mr Clutton-Brock's book highlights the bravery of the aircrew and also that of the people of the German-occupied countries in Western Europe who helped them; such help being provided despite the grave risk of punishment by the Germans. Mr Clutton-Brock's history also explains how escape lines were penetrated by the Germans, or compromised by traitors (the Sgt Cole story is particularly interesting). Thoroughly recommended.
This book is an accurate and historical record of RAF (including RAAF and RNZAF) evaders and escapers. As there were only a very few Australians (RAAF) who were helped by the Comete Line, it is amazing to see part of my father's escape story (Sgt Reg Collins) accurately reflected. Mary Hockaday