Escape from Corregidor is the harrowing account of Edgar Whitcomb, a B-17 navigator who arrives in World War II Philippines just before its invasion by the Japanese. Whitcomb evades the enemy on Bataan by fleeing to Corregidor Island in a small boat. He is captured but later manages to escape at night in an hours-long swim to safety. Captured once again weeks later, Whitcomb is imprisoned, tortured and starved, before being transferred to China and eventual freedom.
From a commentator on Amazon .... This was an incredible story of a B-17 navigator stationed in the Philippines in December of 1941. He was at Clark Field in the Philippines, and he was there again when the war ended, and his amazing story of capture, escape, surrender, escape again, attempting to sail to China,attempting to sail to Australia, capture again, and his unlikely route back to the U.S. to eventually return to the Pacific for the last three months of the war is a great human interest and great history of the war story. I had always faulted McArthur for the loss of the air forces in the Philippines the day after Pearl Harbor, and this man tells his story of being there when the Japanese bombed it! A great read, well written, and what a story!