Ten Minutes To Buffalo. The Story Of Germany’s Great Escaper.
8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. 432 pp., including 1 pp. publisher's advertisement. Bound in original black cloth, gilt, in price clipped pictorial dust wrapper. Minor wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Gift inscription on first free endpaper. Illustrated by 45 text figures, including sketches, photographs and facsimiles and by 8 maps and plans. The first part of the experiences of Leutnant Ulrich Steinhilper from Stuttgart (1918-2009) as a prisoner of war in Canada, up to the time of his third unsuccessful escape attempt, which ended at Waterdown, New York state and his return to captivity in 1942. As a fighter pilot Steinhilper made some 150 sorties over England during the Battle of Britain, destroying several Spitfires on the ground at RAF Manston in August, followed by victories in aerial combat in September. On 27 October 1940, however, his Bf 109E was shot down and Steinhilper, having baled out, landed injured near Chislet, Kent (his earlier career is described in Spitfire on my Tail, 1989). Taken prisoner of war he was shipped to Canada on the Duchess of York early in 1941. Translated from the German, Nach zehn Minuten bis Buffalo (Munich, 1987).
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