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An American bomber pilot has been unveiled as a secret hero of World War II after he saved more than 1,000 Allied POWs from certain death.

Captain Robert Trimble became an spy to smuggle soldiers and civilians out under the noses of the Soviet forces on the Eastern Front in Europe.

He fooled guards, stashed $10,000 in his coat to bribe officials as he became a 'magnet for the lost souls of foreign nations' left behind in the war.

Trimble's most daring rescue was of 400 French women who he got to safety by arranging for an entire train to meet them at night in the woods.

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Danger: Captain Robert Trimble in the Ukraine, where he was stationed on a secret mission to rescue US POWs. He was told his diplomatic passport would prevent arrest but make him more exposed to murder
 Danger: Captain Robert Trimble in the Ukraine, where he was stationed on a secret mission to rescue US POWs. He was told his diplomatic passport would prevent arrest but make him more exposed to murder
 
 

Trimble achieved mythical status among POWs such that they wept when they saw him - and came begging to his door.

Before his death at the age of 90 Trimble was given a clutch of honors including the Croix de Guerre by the French and the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Bronze Star by the US Air Force.

But he was so humble that he only started speaking about his life five years earlier to his son, Lee, who has now written a book about his life.

'Beyond the Call: The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front', tells how Trimble inadvertently became one of the most effective spies of World War II after being duped by his commanders into taking the post.                  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2967750/The-WWII-American-B-24-pilot-turned-spy-saved-1-000-POWs-certain-death-Soviet-hands-won-medal-medal-never-said-word-wartime-heroism.html#ixzz3SyMNrgmD

 

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