"‘I’m English,’ he said in his own language. ‘For God’s sake help me.’"

Escape lines were developed by MI9, a new British intelligence unit set up in 1940, to ensure the safe return of as many RAF airmen shot down in France as possible.

The British Government was motivated by financial as well as moral and human imperatives: it was very expensive to train airmen, and they needed to recover as many as possible. The escape lines included ‘safehouses’ where airmen could be hidden by French sympathisers, at considerable danger to themselves.

ELMS (Escape Lines Memorial Society)