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In the Shadows of War: An American Pilot's Odyssey Through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany

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A “masterful example of nonfiction brought to life”* —the harrowing account of an aviator’s World War II journey and the two people who helped him along the way

In a small village in France during the fateful summer of 1944, three disparate lives converged in an unlikely secret alliance. Just after D-Day, Colette Florin hid downed American bomber pilot Roy Allen in her roo
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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This is a non-fiction story of a pilot who's shot down in occupied France. It reads like fiction but is a true story, and a wonderful read. Made me respect the French more than I have in the past.
Ann Freeman
Extremely well-researched, tells the story of pilot Roy Allen's experiences flying missions, bailing out over France when his plane was fatally hit, and his subsequent days of hiding from the Nazis and his eventual capture and imprisonment. Also described are many details of the French resistance movement, and the ordeals of a couple of agents in particular. The story is told in narrative form, so that although non-fiction, it reads like a novel and it compels you to continue reading to find out ...more
Liz V.
The hard scrabble life in Philly stands pilot Roy Allen in good stead when his plane is shot down over France in WWII. When, against the advice of his friends in the Resistance, Allen attempts to return to England, he is betrayed and sent, not to a POW camp but to Buchenwald where a number of pilots and SOE agents are held. The SOE agents are executed, but the pilots are, in the main, eventually claimed by the Luftwaffe and incarcerated as POW. Allen, however, is too sick to be released to the L ...more
I'm amazed with some of the striking parallels between Roy Allen's story and my dad's - 8th Air Force, B-17s, the resistance in Northern France, captured in Paris, a stint in Fresnes Prison, Stalag Luft III, the "Death March", Moosburg...thanks to Prof. Childers' love of historic fact/detail, I'm gleaning many interesting factoids/points that would normally take me quite a bit of research time!! My only criticism for the lay reader (ie someone not fluent in both German and French) is that there ...more
B Barbie
Great book that teaches the reader about the lives of "normal" people living in France and in the camps during WW2. Very intense at some points. Read just like a novel.
An American pilot is shot down during WWII and, along with a bunch of other Allied prisoners, accidently sent to Buchenwald(!). Obviously he makes it, but comes out with a pretty harrowing tale. What really stuck with me was an anecdote about a guy who is in the infirmary at Buchenwald and somehow gets a hold of a piece of bacon, which he nurses for many hours.
An American pilot’s odyssey through occupied France and the camps of Nazi Germany. Enjoyed this very much... Shows what great risks were being taken to help Allied pilots who had been shot down.
Great book, had never heard about the airmen who were put into concentration camps instead of POW camps.
Loved this book. Amazing what someone can do and indure to survive.
Dec 06, 2012 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
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