Code Burgundy, The Long Escape – Lecture and Book Signing
John Katsaros tells the true story of his perilous months-long escape from the Gestapo after his B-17 bomber was shot down over France while returning to England from a bombing run in Germany. Despite multiple wounds in his right arm, Katsaros helped his crewmates bail out before jumping out at 27,000 feet. He cracked six ribs and shattered both ankles on landing. The Gestapo captured him twice, and he escaped both times. He spent three months in hiding and being nursed back to health by a Jewish doctor. Named “Code Burgundy,” he worked with the French Underground while he was recuperating. When he recovered, Katsaros made the difficult journey across the Pyrenees into Spain carrying vital information from the Resistance. Because the information was classified, Katsaros had to sign a secrecy statement. When the information was declassified recently, he could finally tell his wife about what he had done.
John Katsaros received numerous awards and recognition for his service, including France’s Legion of Honor. Katsaros still lives in his home town of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and shares his experiences whenever he has the opportunity.
The 2018 Educational Programs are sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney.