Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Bale Out!: Escaping Occupied France with the Resistance

Bale Out!: Escaping Occupied France with the Resistance (Paperback)

Despatched in 2 business days.
Order now for Free delivery in the UK or choose Express Delivery to receive in 2 business days.
More on delivery...


A remarkable tale of a local airman, this book is based on a true story. It is a tribute to all those who the author describes as 'helpers' - the men and women of the Resistance, and other groups, who risked their lives, and sometimes paid the ultimate sacrifice, helping Allied servicemen to escape from German-occupied Europe. Alfie Martin, of No 102 Squadron RAF, tells his story, of being shot down over the French-Belgian border in a Halifax and being guided through France, over the Pyrennees into Spain and back on to British territory at Gibraltar. This book will be of interest to those with an interest in Second World War events, as well as those with an interest in RAF history, and the underground organisations of the time.

Alfie Martin is a Belfast man. He was born at Finaghy in 1920 and was educated at Friends School, Lisburn, before taking up employment with the Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company, (now an almost forgotten part of the Royal Sun Alliance Group) at Wellington Place, Belfast. In 1938, like many other young men, a feeling of patriotism hit him and he joined a Territorial Army company of Royal Engineers. Called up in August 1939 he served at Kilroot, Helen's Bay and Magilligan before joining the RAF in May 1941. It was while serving as an Observer on Halifax bomber HR663 with No 102 Squadron in Yorkshire that his aircraft was shot down and his remarkable tale began.

More books by Alfie Martin

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Victory in World War II
Nigel Cawthorne
Medieval Rome: Stability and Crisis ...
Chris Wickham
Roy Jenkins
Historic Walking Guides Bruges
Janice McDonald
Latest Blog
Caroline Taggart on Why Punctuation Can be Surprisingly Exciting

Caroline Taggart explains the versatility of punctuation.

Under the Knife: Recreating the Grimy World of Victorian Surgery

Lindsey describes how she made the trailer for her debut The Butchering Art in order to see how the sights, sounds, and smells of this gruesome period in medical history would translate onto the screen.

The Sky Doesn't Have to be Blue: Steve Antony on Life as a Colour Blind Illustrator

Steve explains what it's like to be a colour blind illustrator and why the sky doesn't have to be blue.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd