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No Ordinary Pilot by Suzanne Campbell-Jones, recounts the incredible true story of Group Captain Bob Allen. On 25 July 1944, Bob was shot down, and the RAF informed his family that he had been ‘killed whilst on operations’. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps including the infamous Stalag Luft 3, where he was held in solitary confinement and interrogated by the Gestapo. In 1945, Bob underwent the infamous winter march before finally fleeing the camp and making his way to safety at the American HQ in Torgau. Today’s blog post, an extract from the book, recounts the day Bob Allen was shot down and captured.Continue Reading

Caption Contest Winners!

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After chuckling my way through the lengthly list of captions sent to us, I can finally announce the winners...Continue Reading
After a lengthy absence the caption contest has returned! This week we are heading back to the First World War, where we find a group of German pilots with an unlikely dinner guest. We need your help with working out what is going on...Continue Reading

What the RAF Airman Took to War

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To most people, a good luck charm consists of a rabbit’s foot or a four leaf clover but pilots in the Royal Air Force during World War II took good luck charms to another level...Continue Reading

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