Inside the Book: Covering New Ground
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.