The story of Wing Commander Roger Maw: Father, Lincolnshire Farmer, Pilot, Prisoner, and Wooden Horse hero of Stalag Luft 3.
This is the story of an extraordinary man, Roger Maw. Most of us will have heard of the consequences of one episode of his life as he will be recorded in history as the man who built the wooden horse for that most successful of escapes from Stalag Luft 3.
Wapitis Wellingtons and Binderband tells the story of Roger from his birth in 1906. His upbringing on a country farming estate owned by his busy parents, in the company of the estate artisans and crafts people. It is extremely well illustrated.
The unexpected knock on the door, the proposition to join the Auxiliary Air Force at the age of 21 and the beginning of life as an aviator within the Empire between world wars. On the outbreak of World War 2, Wing Commander Roger Maw and 12 Squadron flew Wellingtons from Binbrook and took the early air war to the Third Reich on raids to Berlin and the Ruhr. Destiny led him to Egypt via Gibraltar and Malta, and his eventual capture and transfer to mainland Europe as a prisoner of the Luftwaffe ...