By Andy Wiseman,Sean Feast
From Poland he back fled to England, this time with out his mom and dad, arriving as a 16-year-old with very little clutch of English. After a crash direction within the language, he refrained from being referred to as up into the Polish military in exile due to the well timed intervention of no much less a guy than basic Sikorski himself, to enlist within the RAF to coach firstly as a pilot after which as an air bomber in South Africa.
On his go back to the united kingdom he used to be published to an all-Australian Squadron (466 Squadron) built with the Handley web page Halifax. After his first operation within which he was once approximately shot down, Andrew survived a handful of eventful journeys sooner than falling sufferer to 1 of the Luftwaffe’s most sensible evening fighter pilots and touchdown in France.
Briefly at the run he was once betrayed and captured, spending the following yr as a prisoner of struggle, utilizing his wisdom of Russian, Polish and German to behave as one of many primary camp interpreters, and dealing as a ‘scrounger’ for the ‘X’ committee of escapers. Moved from camp to camp, he used to be a kind of compelled into the ‘Long March’ by way of the Germans trying to break out the Russian strengthen, and afterwards performed a key function in keeping off the aptitude bloodshed that threatened whilst the Russians refused to permit the British and Norwegian prisoners to come domestic – a job for which he was once later well-known via the King of Norway.
Upon his unencumber, Andy used his language abilities to paintings with the BBC tracking provider and later, BBC tv as a manufacturer, sharing many adventures with the nice broadcasters in their time, together with David Dimbleby and Raymond Baxter.
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An Alien Sky: The story of one man's remarkable adventure in Bomber Command during the Second World War by Andy Wiseman,Sean Feast