Behind the Lines

A World War II Story of Escape and Evasion

On April 27, 1944, my father, Jack William Stead, was shot down during a bombing raid over France. What follows is an autobiographical account of his experiences with the French Underground. His life was spared because of the bravery of the men and women who were a part of the French Underground. For that I (his son) and the entire Stead family are forever grateful.

If you would like to print the story in its entirety, then you should go to the PDF version and print it.  (Please note that you will need Acrobat Reader to read the PDF version)

If you would like to read the story on-line, the please begin with Behind the Lines--An Introduction.

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Florida State Phone Interview

Before my father died (10/04/2001) he was contacted by  Florida State University's Reichelt Program for Oral History

Cover Letter to my Father
Transcription of Interview

Printer Friendly copy of Interview

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