Item description for Lie in the Dark and Listen by H Rees...
Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At 17 he craved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars; rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of 21 he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown 56 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.
Ken's story has it all, excitement, accuracy, pace and drama and he describes events which have largely passed into legend as the former Kriegies - his friends and colleagues - pass out of this world.
Wing Commander Ken Rees is one of the few remaining Great Escapers and has been interviewed extensively for newspapers, radio and television, not least during his appearances on programmes like 'Behind the Wire'.
He is an excellent raconteur with many contacts in the RAF, PoW groups and the rugby world, having in the past captained London Welsh and trialled for Wales.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904010776 ISBN13 9781904010777
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Lie in the Dark and Listen Jul 16, 2007
Lie in the Dark and Listen: The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper gives a first hand view of the Second World War as described by Wing Commander Ken Rees. Rees describes his experiences from the time he joined up to become a pilot, through his training, to his efforts as a bomber pilot in the war. Rees also describes life as a POW and his part in the Great Escape.
This book contains two parts. The first section of this book, describes Rees' early years with the military. In this section, the author candidly describes how a Welsh farm boy managed to claim a spot as a pilot; his training trials and triumphs; and his many missions in Europe and Africa. The second section of this book, describes Rees' experiences as a POW. In these chapters, Rees describes daily life in POW camps and the various escape efforts. Rees also participated in the Great Escape and describes both the preparation for and the aftermath of this famous event.
Lie in the Dark and Listen: The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper is an extremely valuable work. The stories contained in this book range from comical through heroic to bone chilling. The author has done an amazing job at sharing a complete three dimensional representation of these events allowing the reader insight into the both the silly and the serious aspects of these experiences. Beyond the amazing insight into the lives of those serving in the World War II, this book entertains, rivets, and terrifies the reader from start to finish.
Outstanding Memoir for World War II Student Nov 16, 2004
Almost everyone has heard of "The Great Escape,"the massive effort to tunnel out of the German POW camp formally known as Stalag Luft III. The brave and amazing operation was made famous around the world when it was made into the hit movie of the same name starring Steve McQueen. Author Ken Rees is one of the few living British airmen involved in the escape operation from Stalag Luft III. Lie in the Dark and Listen is the remarkable story of his life.
Co-written by Karen Arrandale, Commander Rees recounts the four years he spent (from the young age of 17 to the ripe old age of 21) in the RAF. His resume is amazing. Rees trained as a bomber pilot in Wellington, dropped bombs on the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisnau, fought in the bloody actions in the skies over Malta, and flew a remarkable 56 nighttime bombing missions over Germany. On his last mission he was shot down over Norway and captured by the Gestapo. Rees was interned in Stalag III and played an active role in tunneling out of the complex-a feat that so aggravated the Germans that Hitler ordered 50 of the men executed.
Lie in the Dark and Listen recounts with vivid clarity the excitement, drama, trauma, and danger of flying a heavy bomber in flak-filled skies at such a young age, being responsible for the lives of your men, and watching in helpless terror as comrades are shot from the sky before your eyes. While all of this is fascinating, most readers will be anxiously turning pages to discover what he has written about his experience as one of the "Great Escapers." Readers will not be disappointed. Rees recalls the events as if they were yesterday, describing in detail his life in the prison camp, his active role in digging tunnels and serving on the "escape committee," and his reaction when he learned of the murder of his 50 comrades.
Rees returned home after the war and played rugby for several English and RAF clubs as he continued serving in the RAF. He retired in 1968, bought a pub, and established himself as a successful and sought-after speaker.
Recommended for both serious students and readers of popular history, all general libraries.