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The Last Escaper

Peter Tunstall

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1253-9
Trim Size: 5.4 x 8


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In his own words, the riveting untold story of Peter Tunstall, legendary World War II bomber pilot and arch escape artist

The product of a lifetime’s reflection, The Last Escaper is Peter Tunstall’s unforgettable memoir of his days in the British Royal Air Force and as one of the most celebrated British POWs of World War II. Tunstall was an infamous tormentor of his German captors. Dubbed the “cooler king” on account of his long spells in solitary, he once dropped a water “bomb” directly in the lap of a high-ranking German officer. He also devised an ingenious method for smuggling coded messages back to London. But above all he was a highly skilled pilot, loyal friend, and trusted colleague.

Without false pride or bitterness, Tunstall recounts the hijinks of training to be a pilot, terrifying bombing raids, and elaborate escape attempts at once hilarious and deadly serious—all part of a poignant and human war story superbly told by a natural raconteur. The Last Escaper is a captivating final testament by the “last man standing” from the Greatest Generation.

Praise for The Last Escaper:

"A remarkable memoir of a British lad's salad days flying bombers against the Nazis and then repeatedly escaping their prison camps . . . An engrossing valediction to the tough, imaginative generation forged by the war." -Kirkus Reviews

"[T]he historical account of behind-the-scenes drama makes this a valuable addition to the period literature."-Publishers Weekly

Peter Turnstall joined the RAF in 1937 and flew numerous combat missions before his capture off the Dutch coast. He died in 2014 at the age of 95. This is his first and only book.

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