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From Coastal Command to Captivity (Paperback)

The Memoir of a Second World War Airman

WWII Aviation Military

By Dr Allan Hunter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526796929
Published: 30th April 2021


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These war memoirs of Jim Hunter are in two parts. First there is the account of his flying career in RAF Coastal Command, culminating in an extraordinarily brave attack by him and his Beaufighter on the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst. Shot down, he became a POW and the second half tells of his experiences in Stalag Luft 3. A skilled artist he became a camp forger, providing documents for escapees such as Oliver Philpott, one of the Wooden Horse escapers. Jim's own escape tunnel was detected and earned him 30 days in the 'cooler'. He gives graphic descriptions of the forced winter marches which caused great hardship. An added bonus is the translated German report of the Scharnhorst attack.

Excellent introduction by son Dr Allan Hunter sets the scene.

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About Dr Allan Hunter

Dr Allan Hunter is the son of Jim Hunter whose experiences are recorded here. Born in the UK and educated at Oxford University, Allan has written numerous published works and articles. He now lives in the USA (Watertown MA)

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