Présentation de l'éditeur
Maurice ‘Moggy’ Mayne was a cricket-loving air gunner in the Second World War, with a pretty girlfriend back home in rural England. His turret was in a Bristol Beaufort and his pilot had to fly with almost suicidal bravery at giant German warships before releasing the torpedo. No wonder Moggy’s first pilot cracked up and his second liked to drink. When he was shot down, Moggy miraculously survived – unlike his best friend Stan.
Moggy was sent to Stalag Luft VIIIB, an infamous German POW camp near the Polish border, where he was badly treated. Fearing losing his beloved girlfriend Sylvia forever, and risking recapture and execution, he saw the chance to escape alone, thus beginning an epic journey through Nazi-occupied Germany. As the Gestapo shot other escaped British servicemen, Moggy Mayne came agonisingly close to lasting freedom. Instead, as the war neared its end, he had to face the horrors of the ‘long march’ west – and he felt his life slipping away. Would he ever see his Sylvia again?
Biographie de l'auteur
Maurice Mayne was an air gunner from 217 Squadron of Coastal Command who successfully completed suicide missions during World War II in his Bristol Beaufort, dropping torpedoes on German targets in 1941/1942. Mark Ryan is an author and freelance journalist. He is the author of "The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum," "The Last Torpedo Flyers: The True Story of Arthur Aldridge, Hero of the Skies," and "Running with Fire: The True Story of 'Chariots of Fire' Hero Harold Abraham."