Adventure Ahead, by Newton Branch

Adventure Ahead, A book of careers for boys
by Newton Branch

From the private collection of Ley Kenyon, artist, diver (and designated artist/forger of the ‘Great Escape’ from Stalag Luft 3).

Ley Kenyon was an artist, war hero and personal friend. During WW2 he was a rear gunner with the Canadian 419 Bomber Squadron and earned a DFC for his efforts. When his plane was hit on his 47th raid the crew bailed out agreeing to meet later in Spain. He almost succeeded when he was arrested and posted to the notorious prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft 3 at Sagan in Germany. In the camp he was encouraged to keep fit and hold art classes by a Squadron Leader who, unknown to Ley, was in the process of constructing an escape tunnel with a few trusted inmates. Ley earned their trust and was later invited to join the team to forge the documents the men would require to evade capture and to make a pictorial record of the underground project. In 1945, suspecting the advance of Russian troops, the drawings were sealed in a canister and hidden in one of the tunnels which they flooded before the prisoners were evacuated. Their march ground to a halt when they encountered a British tank division. It ended Ley’s war. On his return to England news of his involvement in ‘The Great Escape’ won him welcome attention which led to many more art commissions (he recovered the drawings from the flooded tunnel later). He became an ardent diver and underwater photographer in the early years of diving. He produced many books about diving and the underwater world – illustrating them himself.

This is not a book by Ley Kenyon, but it contains a chapter about him and his life and career. The chapter, “Brush with Danger” is illustrated by Ley and includes one of his illustrations of the Stalag Luft 3 tunnel.
Other chapters include Armand Denis (photo-explorer), Roy Falk (test pilot), Frederick Andrews (ocean-going skipper), Duncan Campbell (journalist), Bruce Seton (detective/actor), Whinfield and Dickson (scientists), Noel Maskelyne (magician).

Hardback in protective cellophane cover. Illustrated duo-tone endpapers. Good condition.

Black and white photos and duo-tone illustrations throughout.
A Bulldog Book, Publicity Products, London
94 pages, 200mm x 267mm (approx. 8 in x 10.5 in)


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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 30 × 24 × 2 cm