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Titre : Combine 13. [Signed]
Éditeur : Merrimore Press, Dallas,
Date d'édition : 1990
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : First Edition
Vi, 248 pages, 1 plate, cloth, DJ, very good. Stated first edition. Inscribed by author "With Very Best Wishes to Colin H. Kidd of the 94th B. G. M. A." Also included is a signed note to Colin on "Former Prisoners of War of Stalag Luft III" stationery. From the obituary notices of August 6, 2004: Clifford H. Hopewell: WWII POW who became insurance agent, historian. Clifford H. Hopewell was a World War II prisoner of war who helped execute the escape from the Stalag Luft III camp. Mr. Hopewell, 89, died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, TX. Mr. Hopewell was always proud of his military service, said his son, C. Alan Hopewell, a Fort Worth (TX) neuropsychologist. Although his B-17 was shot down on its third mission, he felt he and his fellow POWs saved lives by tying up German troops with their escape effort, his son said. "He just thought Hitler was outright evil and what was happening was evil," Dr. Hopewell said. "He was willing to do something about it." Born in Dallas, Mr. Hopewell was a 1931 graduate of Sunset High School. He learned stenography at a business school and was working for the Katy Railroad before the war. During World War II, he was a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces, serving as a B-17 navigator with the 94th Bomb Group in England. He was wounded when his plane was shot down in May 1943 and later received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was a POW for two years in Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany, now known as Zagan, Poland. Stalag Luft III had a reputation for escape attempts. The breakout of March 1944 was dramatized in the 1963 movie The Great Escape. Because of his shorthand skills, Mr. Hopewell took down and decoded messages used by the escape committee, his son said. Mr. Hopewell was moved with other American airmen to another section of the camp before the escape by British flight crews. After the war, Mr. Hopewell attended Southern Methodist University and began a career as an independent insurance agent. Much of his career was with the Colonial Life Co. , Dr. Hopewell said. He was recalled into the Air Force for 13 months of active duty during the Korean War but did not fly again because of his World War II injuries. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Hopewell began to phase out his insurance work and concentrate on freelance writing. From 1986 to 1993, he was a Dallas Morning News contributor. His work included columns, feature articles and photographs. He also wrote four books, Sam Houston: Man of Destiny, in 1987; James Bowie: Texas Fighting Man, 1994; Remember Goliad: Their Silent Tents, 1998; and Combine 13, a 1990 memoir of his World War II POW experience." ; Signed by Author. N° de réf. du libraire 32910
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