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 path within the language, he shunned being referred to as up into the Polish military in exile because of the well timed intervention of no much less a guy than common Sikorski himself, to enlist within the RAF to coach in the beginning 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 earlier than falling sufferer to at least one 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 subsequent yr as a prisoner of battle, utilizing his wisdom of Russian, Polish and German to behave as one of many vital camp interpreters, and dealing as a ‘scrounger’ for the ‘X’ committee of escapers. Moved from camp to camp, he used to be a type of compelled into the ‘Long March’ by way of the Germans trying to break out the Russian improve, and afterwards performed a key position in warding 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 used to be later well-known via the King of Norway.
Upon his free up, Andy used his language abilities to paintings with the BBC tracking carrier 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