An introductory essay to eight accounts of escapes from enemy territory by Royal Air Force pilots, gathered in a compilation to benefit the Royal Air Force Escaping Society and its work of helping widows and orphans of those who assisted escaping airmen. Bates discusses the "veil of language and the cloak of behavior" developed in the R.A.F. to cope with the abnormality of wartime service, qualities that made pilots "singularly unprepared for capture" but also, once captured, gave them "pure cussedness...a simple blind, stubbord refusal to be subjected." In Escape or Die (Edited by Paul Brickhill, London: Evans Brothers, 1952, pp. 11-15).