Other Escape Lines

The emphasis in this website has been on the Smit-Van der Heijden Line in The Netherlands.  However, on this page and its sub-pages the visitor will find information on other escape lines.

The first thing of interest probably will be Sherri Greene Ottis’ map, Major Escape Routes Through France, 1940-1945 and its counterpart map from the National Museum of the US Air Force.  Even if an escape line that you are researching is not on either map, the maps will give you an idea of what routes escaping airmen were likely to take.

Next will come information on various escape lines concentrated in northwestern Europe followed by those in other countries.

  • Dutch-Paris Line.  For further information on escape lines in The Netherlands, be sure to consult the book by Bob De Graaf, Stepping Stones to Freedom, Help to Allied Airmen in The Netherlands During World War II, Amsterdam: Geert van der Meulen, 2003.  (Originally published in Dutch as Schakels naar de vrijheid by SDU Publishers, The Hague, 1995.)

Escape Lines in Other Countries:

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