MARCH BY MOONLIGHT


MARCH BY MOONLIGHT

JACK LOVE & BARRY LOVE    Book Number: 86075    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'A Bomber Command Story of Ops and Evasion, Captivity and Friendship.' Here is Jack Love's personal account of the experiences he went through joining up for the RAF, training for and then flying with RAF Bomber Command. He describes in graphic detail the night he was shot down, the subsequent extraordinary evasion attempt, and gives fascinating insight into 'kriegie' life as he passes through numerous camps, enduring over-crowded and starvation rations as the war draws to a close. He and his fellow crewmates experience the perilous bombing operations, the strain of air combat, being shot down, cloak and dagger evasion, the frustration of capture, and the simple triumph of surviving against odds. May 1942 RAF Bomber Command observer Jack Love's world came crashing down literally when his aircraft sustained flak damage and a catastrophic engine failure forcing a crash landing in northern France. The pilot manages a safe belly landing in a ploughed field and the uninjured crew scrambled free of the wreckage, running to safety as flames engulfed the Wellington Bomber. A five week trek followed, mostly at night, as they marched almost 300 miles across France, seeking the promise of sanctuary in Switzerland. They reached the River Doubs where wireless operator Stanley Bradley tragically drowns during an attempt to swim the raging river. Pilot John Beecroft and front gunner Henry Hanwell reach the far bank, and subsequently become part of the now-famous 'Pat O'Leary' escape line. Jack and tail gunner Alec Crighton, unable to swim, attempt to find a suitable crossing, but stumble into a German patrol. Three years of captivity follow culminating in the infamous 'Long March'. Jack wonders if his fellow crewmembers had reached safety and decades later they shared a joyful reunion in Cambridge, only a few miles from where it had all started. 230pp, photos.
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ISBN 9780993415210
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