Lie in the dark and listen : the remarkable exploits of a WWII bomber pilot and great escaper / Wing Commander Ken Rees with Karen Arrandale.
By: Rees, Ken.
Contributor(s): Arrandale, Karen.Material type: BookPublisher: London : Grub Street, �2004Description: 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1904010776; 9781904010777; 1904943411; 9781904943419.Subject(s): Rees, Ken | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Squadron, 40 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, British | Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Bomber pilots -- Great Britain -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- Great Britain -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- Germany -- Biography | Rees, Ken | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Squadron, 40 | World War (1939-1945) | Bomber pilots | Military campaigns | Military operations, Aerial -- British | Prisoner-of-war escapes | Prisoners of war | Germany | Great Britain | Western Front (World War (1939-1945)) | 1900-1999Genre/Form: Biography. | History. | Personal narratives -- British.DDC classification: 940.54/7243/092 | B Online resources: Table of contents
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Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At seventeen he carved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars; rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of twenty-one he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown fifty-six hair-raising bomber missions by night over Germany; taken part in the siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; been captured, questioned by the Gestapo, then sent to Stalag Luft III, where he participated in and survived the Great Escape and terrible forced march to Bremen. Now he lives relatively peacefully in Anglesey and in finding time to research and write his memoirs with Karen Arrandale, has vividly recreated what it was like to be in charge of an air crew at such a tender age with responsibility for a large and expensive aircraft going 300 miles behind enemy lines, at the same time avoiding flak and enemy fighters and witnessing other comrades being shot down out of the sky. Moreover, he writes movingly about his experiences after capture in the prisoner of war camp, about the build-up to the Escape and the aftermath of it. Ken's story has it all, excitement, accuracy, pace and drama and he describes, events which have become legendary as the former Kriegies - his friends and colleagues - pass out of this world.