RAF Evaders: The Complete Story of RAF Escapees and Their Escape Lines, Western Europe, 1940-1945

Author(s): Oliver Clutton-Brock

Second World War

During the five years from May 1940 to May 1945 several thousand Allied airmen, forced to abandon their aircraft behind enemy lines, evaded capture and reached freedom, by land, sea and air. The territory held by the Germans was immense - from Norway and Denmark in the north, through Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg to the south of France - and initially there was no organisation to help the men on the run. The first one to assist the evaders and escapers ('E & E' as the Americans called them) was the PAT line, along the Mediterranean coast to Perpignan and down the Spanish border; named after a naval officer Pat O' Leary, from 1942 it became the PAO line.Next was the Comet line, from Brussels to the Pyrenees. Thousands of brave people were to be involved for whom, if caught, the penalty was death. Theirs is a stirring and awe-inspiring story. Respected historian Oliver Clutton-Brock has researched in depth this secret world of evasion, uncovering some treachery and many hitherto unpublished details, operations and photos.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781906502171SECA
  • : Grub Street
  • : Grub Street
  • : May 2009
  • : 246mm X 170mm X 46mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 940.544941
  • : 448
  • : Military history; Battles & campaigns; World history: Second World War; European history: Second World War; Air forces & warfare
  • : 16pp illustrations
  • : Oliver Clutton-Brock
  • : Hardback