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The Flight Of Eagles

USAAF Evasion in Occupied Europe, December 1943

ISBN 1908400757
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Of the 1700 American airmen of the 8th and 9th US Army Air Forces who parachuted or crash landed into northwest Europe during December 1943 only 7% became evaders and made it back to Allied control to continue the fight.

These are the stories of the successful evasion of capture by those American airmen. Based on their interrogation and the detailed handwritten reports submitted within days of their escape by sea or via Spain, Andorra or Switzerland. These records were classified as secret for many years after the war had ended. This account reveals the hardships, compassion and occasional humour of their journeys through Nazi-controlled Europe. Journeys aided by the organised evasion lines, MI-9 agents, the Maquis, the Dutch Underground, the Belgian Secret Army but mostly by ordinary citizens who often made the greatest sacrifices of all in their struggle to aid the Allied airmen and resist the occupation by a ruthless regime that would stop at nothing to crush those who dared to help.

These accounts include twists and turns in the deadly game of hide and seek played against the Gestapo and the Abwehr in journeys through the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain. Failure could mean brutal interrogation, torture and execution for those that helped the airmen - and for the airmen themselves.

"The Flight of Eagles - Dec 1943"

1st DECEMBER 1943
41-24557 "Damn Yankee" 384BG
42-30033 "Little America" 384BG
42-29768 "Winsome Winn II" 384BG
42-7544 "Seed of Satan" 44BG
42-3540 "Bacta-th-Sack" 381BG
42-3559 (un-named) 379BG
42-39781 (un-named) 303BG

5th DECEMBER 1943
42-30837 "Ole Bassar" 388BG
41-6242 "Irma" 56FG

16th DECEMBER 1943
42-30677 (un-named) 92BG

22nd DECEMBER 1943
42-3184 "USS Aliquippa" 92BG
42-7533 "Holiday Mess" 44BG
42-37766 "Princess Pat" 95BG

42-29963 "Judy" 379BG
42-30674"Destiny's Tot" 95BG
42-30249 "Raunchy Wolf" 385BG
42-3097 "Ground Hog" 385BG
42-39795 "Ladies Home Companion" 303BG
42-31173 "Maid to Please" 447BG
42-5861 "Laden Maiden" 100BG
42-5997 "Heaven Can Wait" 100BG
42-39759 "Pickledropper" 390BG
41-28599 (un-named) 448BG
42-64444 "Consolidated Mess" 448BG
41-28588 "Sad Sack" 448BG
42-7588 "Mah Ideel" 392BG
42-63973 (un-named) 389BG
42-7766 "Heavy Date" 389BG
42-7548 "Bull o' the Woods" 44BG
42-8447 "Queen City Mama" 352FG

31st DECEMBER 1943
42-3186 "Vassar Virgin" 92BG
42-30735 "Rough Rider" 92BG
42-30755 "Miss Lead" 92BG
42-3495 (un-named) 351BG
42-39823 "Iron Ass" 351BG
42-31110 "Pacific's Dream" 94BG
42-29895 "Black Swan" 91BG
42-29921 "Oklahoma Okie" 91BG
42-37770 "Flak Rat" 401BG
42-31125 "No Regrets" 447BG
42-31179 "Stinky Weather" 351BG
42-39910 (un-named) 381BG
42-7581 "Flak Bait" 446BG
42-7754 "Harmful Little Armful" 448BG

© Ray Bowden 11 August 2022
Information Update for Readers of
"Plane Names & Fancy Noses - 91st Bomb Group (Heavy)"