Author: Andrews (Allen)
Year: 1976
Publisher: Harrap
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: NrF/NrF
ISBN: 0255527753
Price: 20.00
Hardback. On the night of the 24-25th March 1944, 79 Allied officers escaped from the German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft 111. Three reached Great Britain, 76 were recaptured, and of these 50 were shot in degrading circumstances by the personal order of Adolf Hitler. For a full year the British authorities did not know where to place responsibility for these acts, but 17-months after the crimes were committed the order to seek out an unknown number of unidentified murderers was issued to the Royal Air Force. The trail was cold, the terrain vast. The wanted men belonged to a body, the Gestapo, which had every facility to provide its members with false identities and forged papers. But the small detachment of the Special Investigation Branch of the RAF which took on this task was almost totally successful. In all, 72 murderers were identified and 69 accounted for. The last man was arrested 24yrs after the crimes were committed. This is the official account of this remarkable investigation. It is based on top secret documents that were released exclusively to the author. It acts as a memorial to the patient pursuit of justice - utilising experience, courage, intuition and routine - which was provoked by the death of those 50 flying men. Illus., Appendices and Index. 238pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Nr. F. in sl. sunned Nr. F. dw


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