Geoff Curtis, a Flight Engineer with 614 Pathfinder Squadron flew on missions over the Balkans to Romania and Germany from Foggia, Italy until he was shot down over Hungary in 1944.
What followed was a harrowing period spent as a POW in some of the worst conditions imaginable at various locations including Komarno Castle and Stalags 17a and 17b.
His descriptions of life on active duty in a Pathfinder squadron, the traumatic experience of being shot down over enemy territory and the difficulties of survival as a prisoner of war are thoroughly absorbing and of great historical value.
After the war Geoff stayed in the RAF and his duties took him to many parts of the world. He flew in Lancasters and Shackletons with Coastal Command; witnessed the Atomic bomb test near Christmas Island in 1958; and enjoyed tours of duty in Kenya and Cyprus as well as at various locations in the UK.
His many adventures are all recalled in this excellent account, with an eye for detail and a great sense of humour.