Airmen’s Incredible Escapes written by Bryn Evans and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 290

This book the Airmen’s Incredible Escapes is wealth of stories and reports written by pilots and crewmen who have survived great ordeals in planes during training and the war. When you read some of these stories, and it does vary between numerous nationalities who helped win the war. You do sit reading thinking how on earth have they survived, not only do some of them get shot or severely injured, they then have the battle of landing safely. Most of the stories cover the European theatre of war and the Pacific theatre. When you think that Bomber Command lost 50% of it’s aircraft, many of those men so obviously we are only hearing from those who survived some quite scary incidents. This reads very much as a book of boys own stories, about brave men surviving overwhelming situations, out thoughts really go out to all those that sadly didn’t make it back safely.

This book is a collection of about 30+ stories in various ways about pilots and crews escaping in various ways with the lives. There are some great stories of both bravery in escaping from harsh conditions and escaping in conditions severely personal pain. It really is staggering how many were left invalided, and the amount of men they must have gone through during the course of the war. It wasn’t during actual war or battle there are from memory a couple of training or non-combat conditions where people have faltered or survived. For a good gripping read I can recommend this and well worth reading on a cold night in front of the fire.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.