About the Book

Sir Basil Embry’s Blenheim bomber was shot down in the summer of 1940.

During the course of his time in enemy territory he broke out from a column of prisoners while having a Nazi machine gun aimed at him, fought against his captors with stolen weapons, hid in stinking manure and even posed as a member of the Irish Republican Army in order to throw his captors off the scent of his true identity.

In total he was captured three times and three times he refused to submit. Only through sheer courage and wit did he make his way back to Britain to fight and fly again. This is his remarkable story.

Anthony Richardson served as Adjutant in the same squadron as Embry later in the war and was told about these astounding exploi

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