Pen and Sword Books: Flight 777 by Ian Colvin

Flight 777
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The Mystery of Leslie Howard
by Ian Colvin
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Found in: Aviation History Books
Hardback
232 pages
ISBN: 9781781590164
Published: 21 January 2013
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On 1 June 1943, Flight 777, a Douglas DC-3, en route from Lisbon to Britain, was shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German aircraft. Among the dead was the actor Leslie Howard, who had returned from Hollywood to England to help the British war effort. Also on board was Howard’s tax adviser, Alfred Chenhalls, who smoked cigars and looked remarkably like Winston Churchill. Did the Germans believe that Churchill was on board Flight 777? Other aircraft flying that route went unmolested by the Luftwaffe in spite of the German air presence over the Bay of Biscay. These flights were operated by Dutch crews flying aircraft of KLM which were on charter to BOAC and it was an experienced Dutch crew that was lost that day.

Ian Colvin carried out an exhaustive investigation into the incident, including interviewing former Luftwaffe personnel and this book, first published in 1957, is the result of his endeavours.
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The incident has been well documented in Ian Colin's book, Flight 777: The Mystery of Leslie Howard first published in 1957
Bristol Post
Originally issued in 1957, Colvin's influential book has been reissued to mark the 70th anniversary of Howard's mysterious death. Already the result of an exhaustive investigation, the book has been expanded with a new introduction... [read full review]
Best of British
British film star Leslie Howard, and 16 others, died in 1943 when their unarmed civil aircraft was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay. Why the Germans shot down his plane- flying... [read full review]
The Catholic Universe
Leading British film star Leslie Howard, and 16 other people, died in 1943 when their unarmed civil aircraft was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay. Throughout the war there seems to... [read full review]
Norwich Evening News
On June 1, 1943, Flight 777, en route from Lisbon to Britain, was shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German aircraft. Among the dead was Hollywood actor Leslie Howard, who had a Jewish... [read full review]
Jewish Telegraph
The mystery of why the Germans shot down his plane has never thoroughly been satisfactorily resolved but all possibilities are thoroughly explored in this excellent book.
Gazette (Basingstoke)
All possibilities – and there are many – are thoroughly explored in this excellent book. Its republication, containing new material, is to be welcomed. 4 Stars.
The Post (Liverpool)
All possibilities – and there are many – are thoroughly explored in this excellent book. Its republication, containing new material, is to be welcomed.
The Gazette (Blackpool)
The mystery of why the Germans shot down his plane has never thoroughly been satisfactorily resolved but all possibilities are thoroughly explored in this excellent book. Its republication, containing new material, is to be welcomed.
Sunday Sun (Newcastle)
All possibilities – and there are many – are thoroughly explored in this excellent book. Its republication, containing new material, is to be welcomed. 9/10.
Bridlington Free Press
The mystery of why the Germans shot down his plane has never thoroughly been satisfactorily resolved but all possibilities are thoroughly explored in this excellent book. Its republication, containing new material, is to be welcomed.
Eastern Daily Press
It comes across as very authentic. Because the author himself has experienced the war being a journalist and his deep digging search started right after that worldwide conflict, his story comes across reliable and believable.
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About Ian Colvin
Ian Colvin was an eminent British journalist who had worked in pre-war Berlin where he made secret contacts with anti-Nazis. Hitler’s regime expelled him from Germany but, in the 1950s, he was able to use some of those contacts to help him investigate the reasons behind the shooting down of Flight 777.