Thomas D. Calnan
|Thomas Daniel Calnan|
|Born||16 December 1915|
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1936 – 1959|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Calnan was commissioned in the RAF on 19 December 1936.
Calnan was shot down while flying a Spitfire on a photo-reconnaissance mission over France in December 1941. He gives some brief background about himself and his flying career with the RAF's No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, but devotes most of the book to his escape attempts while a prisoner of the Germans. He was incarcerated at Stalag Luft III during the period of the "Great Escape."
He was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander on 1 January 1949, and retired on 14 February 1959.