Alan Burgess

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For the New Zealand cricketer, see Alan Burgess (cricketer).
Alan Burgess
Born (1915-02-01)1 February 1915
Died 10 April 1998(1998-04-10) (aged 83)
Occupation Author

Alan Burgess (1 February 1915 – 10 April 1998) was an RAF pilot and English author who wrote several biographical and non-fiction books between the 1950s and the 1970s. He wrote biographies of Gladys Aylward,[1] and Flora Sandes,[2] and co-wrote Ingrid Bergman's autobiography.[3] Bergman played Gladys Aylward in the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness based on Burgess's biography.

Having served in the RAF during World War II,[4] he went on to write The Longest Tunnel: The True Story of World War II's Great Escape,[5] the story of "the Great Escape".



  1. ^ The Small Woman (1957)
  2. ^ The Lovely Sergeant (1963)
  3. ^ Ingrid Bergman: My Story (1972).
  4. ^ Escaping a Nazi Prison Camp 
  5. ^ Burgess (1990).

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