What is my book about?
The true-life story of the only German-Jewish bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War 2. Georg Hein was sent to safety in London by his widowed mother in 1934; he committed identity theft in order to enlist at the outbreak of hostilities, stealing the name of a dead London high schoolmate, Peter Stevens. He trained to become a bomber pilot, and flew 22 combat missions before his plane was damaged by flak over Berlin.
Captured by the Nazis 12 hours after he landed in a Dutch farmer's field, he spent the next 3 years and 8 months as a POW in his own country, without ANY protection whatsoever under the Geneva Convention. Had the Nazis ever discovered his true identity, the consequences would have proven unpleasantly fatal. Escape became his raison d'etre, and he made 9 escape attempts, getting outside the wire on three occasions. After the war, Stevens was one of only 69 members of RAF aircrew to be awarded Britain's Military Cross for gallantry in WW2. He went on to serve 5 years as an MI6 spy in East Germany at the height of the Cold War.