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Inside the Book: Covering New Ground

Posted by On Aug 09, 2013 In Uncategorized

In this installment of Inside the Book with author John Carr, we talk with John more about some new ground he covers in “Serving with Roger Bushell”:

Q: Can you give us a glimpse at some of the new ground about the Great Escape you uncovered here?

A: First, his sister gave me copies of his war time letters. They are now in the archives of the Imperial War Museum in London.  They present a humane side to Bushell, who in other histories about the operation seems like some kind of RAF superman, which I knew was overblown.

Next, my book details his second escape from a German Army Camp in 1941, which had never been told.  He and a confederate managed to hide underground in Prague until May 1942.  There was a woman who betrayed him as well.  The book tells the full story.

Q: In the book, you actually go to the ski sites Roger visited. What did you take away from that experience?

A: Actually, I thought the run was pretty easy.  Maybe I also have the skills to fly a Spitfire, like Bushell had.  Or not.

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