The Resource From Battle of Britain airman to POW escapee : the story of Ian Walker, RAF, Angela Walker

From Battle of Britain airman to POW escapee : the story of Ian Walker, RAF, Angela Walker

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From Battle of Britain airman to POW escapee : the story of Ian Walker, RAF
Title
From Battle of Britain airman to POW escapee
Title remainder
the story of Ian Walker, RAF
Statement of responsibility
Angela Walker
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is the Second World War story of a champion cyclist turned airman who lived to tell the tale against almost impossible odds. A New Zealander in the RAF, Ian Walker served as a member of Bomber Command during the Battle of Britain and survived three plane crashes in his Wellington bomber. The last of these saw him crash land in enemy territory, where he was eventually captured and taken prisoner. Confined within the claustrophobic walls of a POW camp, he hatched a plot with a fellow inmate to escape. This they achieved, almost miraculously, in broad daylight. Living on basic rations, they navigated the enemy wilds until they were captured, yet again, and taken back to prison. After languishing in POW camps and hospitals for more than two years, Ian had the good fortune of being placed on a list of injured men to be exchanged, man for man, with German prisoners. The little-known story of the history-making exchange that took place in Barcelona in October 1943 is detailed here, describing how thousands of allied and axis prisoners were safely returned to their homelands in the midst of war. Ian's daughter, Angela Walker, has endeavoured to preserve the details of her father's extraordinary odyssey in full. Her tale circumnavigates the globe, weaving snippets taken from letters and extensive journals kept by her father in order to create a compelling, warm hearted and thrilling account of his war. Having once inspired her to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, her father now continues to inform and inspire her through the stories she's recovered from his past. Her book commemorates the efforts of all New Zealand's wartime airmen who, like her father, made significant contributions in the fight for allied victory
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NZ-GlWB
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
From Battle of Britain airman to POW escapee : the story of Ian Walker, RAF, Angela Walker
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From Battle of Britain airman to POW escapee : the story of Ian Walker, RAF, Angela Walker
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Extent
226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781473890725
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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