The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with Sneum, Mark Ryan describes how Tommy made an incredible escape from Denmark in a battered old Hornet Moth aircraft - which he had to refuel in mid-air by climbing out on the wing. Later, he escaped from Denmark again - by walking across a treacherous frozen sea on which two of his companions died. Tommy brought over precious intelligence about the Nazi radar installations in Denmark and their atom bomb - his reward was to be imprisoned in Brixton as a suspected double agent and threatened with execution.

He cheated the hangman - but it is only with the publication of this enthralling book that Sneum can be celebrated as, in the words of Professor R.V. Jones, Churchill's chief of scientific intelligence, 'one of the true heroes of World War II'.

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THE HORNET'S STING: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A ripping real-life yarn of espionage and daring that also inspired Ken Follett's novel Hornet Flight (2002).Shortly before feisty 89-year-old Thomas Sneum died in 2007, British journalist Ryan ... Read full review

The Hornet's Sting: The Amazing Untold Story of World War II Spy Thomas Sneum

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In 1940, Thomas Sneum, a 22-year-old pilot in the Danish Air Arm, refused to stand by while the Germans took over his homeland. He gathered data about Nazi radar installations, using a camera and ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Mark Ryan interviewed Tommy Sneum at length before the former spy died last year aged 89. Mark Ryan is a writer and lives in England.

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