Survival Against All Odds

Sunday, 8 June 1942: Shot Down Over France

Oliver Clutton-Brock, John Misseldine

Date Published :
July 2010
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
b/w photo section
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781906502751
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 8.25 X 5.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Born in 1922 in north London and fascinated by a flight in 1938 in one of Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus aircraft, John Misseldine enlisted in the RAF as soon as he turned 18. After training in California in 1941 (in the very first batch of air cadets to be sent there and where he met many Hollywood film stars), in March 1942 he was posted to fly fighters with 611 Squadron, whose CO was Battle of Britain veteran DH Watkins DFC, and wing commander flying Peter Townsend, later a royal suitor.

On June 8th, John was shot down over northern France and for over two months was on the run from the Gestapo, being aided and abetted by the French resistance and British Intelligence, with more than a few alarms along the way. Journeying south through occupied France, he eventually escaped from Gibraltar in August, arriving in Scotland and thence to 65 (East India) Squadron. Commissioned as a pilot officer, he was posted to Algeria to ferry new Spitfires and Hurricanes to front-line squadrons supporting the Eighth Army. This role too was not without its hazards but he made it through to become CO of an airfield and to meet and marry a French girl, Mauricette. Sixty-four years later, they are still together and this is John’s heart-warming and page-turning story of ‘survival against the odds’, written by John Misseldine and the acclaimed author Oliver Clutton-Brock. Grub Street has published two of Oliver Clutton-Brock’s previous works, Footprints on the Sands of Time, and RAF Evaders.

About The Author

Oliver Clutton-Brock, born in London three weeks before the end of the Second World War, spent the first 17 years of his life in Lincoln, surrounded by many of Bomber Command’s now historic airfields. Early aviation memories are of four-engined aircraft always flying overhead, searchlights, and a trip in a DH Rapide from RAF Scampton on Battle of Britain Day sometime in the fifties.

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