Flight 777 - The Mystery of Leslie Howard (By Ian Colvin), 1957
Publisher: Evans Brothers, London, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover with D/J. Dust Jacket condition fair although soiled and torn in places. Book condition very good. 212 pp with 21 black and white photos. Blue cloth cover. Scarce first edition.
On 1 June 1943 Flight 7777, a Douglas DC-3, en route from Lisbon to Britain, was shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German aircraft. Among the dead was the actor Leslie Howard, who had returned from Hollywood to England to help the British war effort. Also on board was Howard's tax adviser, Alfred Chenhalls, who smoked cigars and looked remarkably like Winston Churchill. Did the Germans believe that Churchill was on board Flight 777? Other aircraft flying that route went unmolested by the Luftwaffe in spite of the German air presence over the Bay of Biscay. Ian Colvin carried out an exhaustive investigation into the incident, including interviewing former Luftwaffe personnel and this book, first published in 1957, is the result of his endeavours.