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True Story of the Great Escape : A Young Australian Pow in the Most Audacious Breakout of WWII
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Shot down in 1942, young Australian pilot John Williams became a POW in the notorious Stalag Luft III camp in Germany. John had joined the air force when war broke out, and in the larrikin tradition, he led his squadron into air combat over Libya and Egypt dressed in sandals and shorts. John and his best mate Rusty Keirath were among the 76 POWs who tunneled their way out of the supposedly escape-proof camp under the German guards' noses in what later became famous as the Great Escape. John's family was never told what happened to him. John's niece Louise Williams has pieced together his life, from his upbringing in a tight-knit family hit hard by the Depression, his exploits in the air, the inventive collaboration of the POWs, to the tragic outcome of John and Rusty's escape. It is a powerful story from one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.
Number of Pages: 284
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Louise Williams
Street Date: April 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-3293
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