The Escape of the Dragon Pilot
"Gunther Plüschow was the only German Prisoner of War to escape from mainland Britain. (Franz von Werra in World War II escaped from Canada, having failed repeatedly to escape mainland Britain.) Pluschow's achievement is therefore unrivalled and incomparable. How did he escape from Britain?
Pluschow's exploits started in 1914 in Northern China, in the German colony of Tsingtao. Here he repeatedly flew his aircraft singled handed and outnumbered against the Japanese Farman Float Planes, whilst artillery spotting over enemy lines."
You can access the website by clicking on the title above.
If you will scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find a very informative message from a Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Matzat who was born and raised in Tsingtao.
from the MercoPress website, 4-6-06
"Feuerland was built first to make the long sea journey from Germany to the Southern tip of South America and then to provide the floating headquarters and principal support for an extended expedition in that region.
The Feuerland's owner and the leader of the expedition was Gunther Plüschow, sometimes described rather misleadingly as a German First World War flying ace, a term which summons up pictures of the Red Baron tangling with the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps over the fields of France."
The entire article is available online at this time, (4-21-06), and may be accessed by clicking on the title above.
Version en Español
A life of dreams, adventures and challenges by a impossible love: Patagonia
Spanish - English - German - Portuguese
by Roberto Litvachkes
Publisher: Serie del Sur (July 2006)
Price: Used & new from $30.55
This is the history of Gunther Plüschow to whom
no challenge would dissuade him on the way to his dream,
towards his impossible love "... I want to be the first man
to fly over Patagonia... to photograph and film
its beauty to make it known everywhere in the world.."
|Gunther Plüschow is born in 1886 in Munich, and from his youth, was dazzled by a photograph of Terra del Fuego, the island at the End of the World. He was educated in the German Imperial Navy and soon, following his dreams of adventure, he became an aviator. During World War I he became the "Hero of Tsingtao", a German colony in China. In 1928, after a life of incredible adventures, he finally arrived in Patagonia and there ended his days on the 28th of January, 1931.|
1. A rebel boy?
2. Teacher and pupil
3. Leader among his comrades.
4. Towards the conquer of the world!
5. He discovers "his Tierra del Fuego" on a postcard.
6. The SMS Stosch: School of Seamen!
6. The "Princip Regent LuitzPoll": an adventure in each port!
8. Plüschow discovers the exotic China
9. Tsingtao and his new life on board the Furst Bismark
10. His unexpected decision of becoming an aviator
11. Isot: love turns up in his life
12. The master of the air in Tsingtao
13. An endless escape
14. The blond Dragon escapes from London!
15. Return and glory in Germany
16. Success and troubles in his civil life
17. Sea and freedom again!
18. Towards the mysterious austral lands
19. How to make a dream come true
20. The great trip towards Patagonia begins at last
21. His "Silvercondor" takes off in Tierra del Fuego
22. The first plane in Ushuaia
23. Germany requires his presence
24. Film editor and director: " Sobre la Tierra del Fuego"
25. The challenge in Patagonian skies: to film and to photograph the eternal glaciers.
26. The "Silvercondor" is hurt
27. More and more dangerous flights!
28. The fatal accident!
29. His dreams carved forever in the eternal ice of the mountain range.
|Editor's Note: You will find several copies of the book are available used from various sellers. I found the current ones on Amazon. (8-3-06)|
selections from the DVD
El Condor de Plata en
Tierra del Fuego
Courtesy of Roberto Litvachkes, 8-2-06
You can view the clips by clicking on the title above.
|ESCAPE FROM ENGLAND
Paperback: 156 pages
Price: E-Book = £ 4.70 = $8.74
Price: Paperback = £ 11.50 = $21.39
Visitors to your site may be interested to know that Ripping Yarns.com has republished Gunther Pluschow's book as "Escape from England" (originally entitled "My Escape from Donington Hall").
As well as his escape from England back to Germany, it also includes his account of the siege of Tsingtao, his subsequent escape from China back to Europe - before being caught at Gibraltar.
It can be ordered from all good bookshops, or else direct from us at:
This information was sent to us by the publisher:
Ian Robertson, 18.11.2004
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