David James was in Motor Gunboats (with Robert Hichens of Gunboat Command.) Captured in February 1943 after abandoning ship as a result of a fierce engagement with three German armed trawlers in the North Sea he was imprisoned in Dulag Marlag.His first tunnel was discovered before completion. In December 1943 he succeeded in escaping during the weekly bath house visit and was on the run for almost a week disguised as an officer of the Royal Bulgarian Navy. He was captured after several close calls while attempting to board a ship at Lubeck.In February 1944 he escaped again this time dressed as a Swedish sailor and traveled by train to Bremen, Hamburg, Lubeck, Rostock finishing up in Danzig, all the while searching for a suitable ship. He eventually succeeded in reaching Stockholm after 2 days in the extreme heat of a ships engine room. His superbly written narrative is full of suspense and excitement.
Escaper’s Progress The Remarkable POW Experiences of a Royal Naval Officer
A tale of immense courage. David’s various escape attempts disguised as a Bulgarian and then a Swede. His time spent with Nazis, even spells in an air raid shelter with the locals. Even when he makes it onto a ship he has to hide in immense discomfort. A great account of his torturous journey back to Blighty.