Links and Contributors

The Engelandvaarder team could not have got this far without a huge amount of help from a range of people all around the world. Please have a look at some of these links and amazing stories from other Engelandvaarders and people related to the heroic stories.

Patrick Winterton - ( Paddy has been a huge help to all of the team. His vast knowledge and experience if Sea KAyaking and the issues with covering long distances is second to none. We wish him all the best on his latest Kayak event, from The Shetland Isles to Bergen in Norway. - The Team at the Cremorne Riverside centre have helped out the Engelandvaarder 2011 team with training, kit and most of all time on the water. They are a fantstic group that help a range of people get into kayaking. They run social events, fitness, and help people in thelocal community to do things that they normally wouldn't. Why not pay them a visit- they would love to see you.  - Bruce Bolinger has put together a great website that looks specifically into WW2 escape lines. His website has a vast array of amazing stories of heroism, facts and historical studies. - The WW2 Escape Lines Memorial Society is dedicated to the ‘helpers’, escapers and evaders who either organised or used the escape lines of mainland Europe during WW2. Our membership is made up of former WW2 ‘helpers’, escapers and evaders, their families and friends, historians, researchers, and others who are interested in our aims.

Bill MacLoughlin - Bill got in touch with the team when he heard about the project. To quote part of his letter: "My father was an 18 year old Engelandvaarder, who hid a small boat near the beach, intending to attempt the crossing (in winter, December 1941, with two others). Alas, it was discovered...and he wound up working on a coaster that took him to Sweden. From there, it was the *very* long way around: Russia, Iraq, India, and by sea to Halifax and Liverpool, a journey of 26,000 miles. He was one of those interrogated at Wandsworth prison, and had tea with, and was decorated by, the Queen. He became a Spitfire pilot." A truely amazing story, and he made a short video biography call the Long Journey Home:
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Summit to Sea - On a recent training trip to Anglesey the team at Summit to Sea were really helpful. They have a huge range of top quility equipment and products and will help you out with any kit you may require.

Tom Wrobel - Tom has been really helpful in the artwork design which he did in his spare time.

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