Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

Lie in the Dark and Listen The Remarkable Exploits of a Second World War Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper

by Ken Rees, Karen Arrandale

Lie in the Dark and Listen The Remarkable Exploits of a Second World War Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper Synopsis

Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At seventeen he craved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars; rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of twenty-one he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown fifty-six hair-raising bomber missions by night over Germany; taken part in the siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; been captured, questioned by the Gestapo, then sent to Stalag Luft III, where he participated in and survived the Great Escape and terrible forced march to Bremen. Now he lives relatively peacefully in Anglesey and in finding time to research and write his memoirs with Karen Arrandale, has vividly recreated what it was like to be in charge of an air crew at such a tender age with responsibility for a large and expensive aircraft going 300 miles behind enemy lines, at the same time avoiding flak and enemy fighters and witnessing other comrades being shot down out of the sky. Moreover, he writes movingly about his experiences after capture in the prisoner of war camp, about the build-up to the Escape and the aftermath of it. Kens story has it all, excitement, accuracy, pace and drama and he describes events which have become legendary as the former Kriegies his friends and colleagues pass out of this world.

Lie in the Dark and Listen The Remarkable Exploits of a Second World War Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper Press Reviews

'In an age obsessed with C-list television celebrities battling it out on phoney reality survival shows, Rees and his dwindling band of Great Escapers stand out as the real thing.' The Daily Telegraph 'Written in frank, warm and readable style, this is a very engaging account of a remarkable life.' New History 'A brave man's memory. Hear the fear yet take succour from the courage.' North Wales Chronicle

Book Information

ISBN: 9781904943419
Publication date: 1st April 2006
Author: Ken Rees, Karen Arrandale
Publisher: Grub Street
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Autobiography: historical, political & military, True war & combat stories,

About Ken Rees, Karen Arrandale

H.K. Rees specializes in World War II History.

More About Ken Rees, Karen Arrandale

Share this book