A very long film which illustrates evasion techniques for air crew downed in enemy territory. Almost a feature film for viewing by the general public, but it does reveal how the United States Air Force has an effective framework of help in operation
Film opens with B29 bombers returning from a raid over Germany. One of the bombers is hit by flak; engine catches fire and spreads to the fuselage; pilot orders crew to abandon aircraft; all the crew exit safely and descend by parachute to the ground. The film now follows those of the crew who were not captured, and eventually escaped home to England via Spain. Their various journeys through Germany, France and Spain are described; their encounters with the Resistance; German and Vichy police; the help received from the local population; safe transit houses; acts of treachery. Many escaping airmen spent up to two months travelling over 500 miles to reach safety. Back home the escapees are interrogated and requested not to broadcast their experiences – don't compromise the safety of those still at large in enemy territory. Film closes with another flight of returning B29 bombers.