BOB AND AUDREY Ormrod were a young British couple who met and married during the Second World War. Both served their country in uniform, he in the Royal Air Force and she in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).
They were to be separated for much of the war, due to Bob’s pilot training in the USA under the Arnold Scheme and again after his return to the UK when his Halifax bomber was shot down over Picardy on the night of 24th February 1944, on only his second operation with 578 Squadron, based at RAF Burn near Pontefract.
He made a parachute landing and for a time was sheltered by members of the French Resistance, but was eventually captured and became a prisoner of war.
He would be incarcerated at St-Gilles Prison in Brussels then Stalag Luft VII Bankau in Upper Silesia (now in Poland) from where, along with many other Allied POWs, he was to endure the privations of a long forced march in the freezing winter months of early 1945, eventually to arrive at Stalag Luft IIIa, Luckenwalde, where he was later liberated.
Throughout this time Bob and Audrey exchanged letters, although sadly many of hers did not reach him, and this correspondence, collated, edited and annotated by their son David, form the basis of this book.