Alan Burgess

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Alan Burgess
Born(1915-02-01)1 February 1915
Died10 April 1998(1998-04-10) (aged 83)

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".


  • Alan Burgess (1990). The Longest Tunnel: The True Story of World War II's Great Escape. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-097-9.
  • Ingrid Bergman; Alan Burgess (1995). Ingrid Bergman: My Story. Warner Books. ISBN 978-0-7515-0870-3.
  • Alan Burgess (1957). The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
  • Alan Burgess (1966). Seven Men at Daybreak. Evans. ISBN 978-0-237-28715-3. Adapted for the screen as Operation Daybreak
  • Alan Burgess (1975). Daylight Must Come: The Story of a Courageous Woman Doctor in the Congo. G. K. Hall. ISBN 978-0-8161-6281-9.
  • Alan Burgess (1963). The Lovely Sergeant. Readers Book Club.
  • Alan Burgess (1959). The Small Woman: The Heroic Story of Gladys Aylward. Reprint Society.
  • Alan Burgess (1968). The Word for Love. Dutton.
  • Kay Sandiford, Alan Burgess (1984). Shattered Night.


  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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