Under the Wire by Willam Ash
The bestselling memoir of an American Spitfire pilot and legendary POW escaper

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From the lean days of Depression-era Texas to the thrill of being one of the few who flew Spitfires, from a death-defying crash landing in Occupied France to capture and torture by the Gestapo, imprisonment in the Great Escape camp, Stalag Luft III, and years spent becoming a serial escape artist, this is the wartime memoir of a true hero, a real-life "Cooler King."
Recounted in a wonderfully honest and self-deprecating voice, William Ash's Under the Wire is a classic in the making--a riveting story of bravery by one of the last of his generation.

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Born in Texas in 1917, WILLIAM ASH joined the Canadian Air Force on the outbreak of war, went to England and flew Spitfires. Shot down over France in 1942, he became a POW. Now in his mid-80s, he lives in London. An award-winning journalist, BRENDAN FOLEY also lives in London.
Published November 28, 2012 by Brendan Foley. 399 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Born in 1917 and now living in London, Ash has often been mentioned as one of a half-dozen or so Allied POWs who inspired the role created for actor Steve McQueen in the genre movie nonpareil, The Great Escape.

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