A Successful Evasion

Second Lt. Ralph K. Patton, a B-17 copilot, was one of thousands to evade capture with the help of the citizens and the Allied intelligence network in western Europe. Shot down by enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire over western France on Jan. 5, 1944, he evaded for three days until picked up by the Resistance. After being shuffled from one safe house to another along the Shelburne Line for 59 days, a British gunboat picked him up and he returned to England.

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