From Battle of Britain Airman to PoW Escapee

The Story of Ian Walker RAF

Angela Walker

* Memoirs of Second World War pilots from New Zealand are scarce; this new publication preserves a unique voice and perspective on events.

* An epic story of survival against the odds. From being bombed at RAF Manston during the Battle of Britain, to surviving three crashes in a Wellington bomber, to escaping from a POW camp in broad daylight, t
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473890725
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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In stock
$39.95

Overview
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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 took part in the Battle of Britain before transferring to Bomber Command and surviving 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 endeavored 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.

About The Author
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Angela Walker is a first-time author from New Zealand. She is also a former Olympic gymnast and Commonwealth gold medalist, inspired in her own sporting endeavors by her father, a champion cyclist who narrowly missed Commonwealth Games selection himself, cycling on a leg that had been injured during the war. The publication of this book represents the culmination of a real labor of love on her part, commemorating the life and career of her late father and celebrating him as an icon of endurance and survival

REVIEWS
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"This is an affectionate story of an inspiring father by a loving daughter. It is a very interesting and moving account. Very Highly Recommended."

- FIRE Reviews

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