Escape Lines

The following will provide information on escape line maps and fourteen of the escape lines that operated in Europe during WWII.

Escape Line Maps

To view several different maps of escape lines used in Europe during WWII available on this website, click here.  For samples of the maps, see the two below.  The National Museum of the US Air Force kindly allowed us to reproduce the first map.  To enlarge it significantly and make it more readable, click once on the map and then click a second time.

Major Escape Lines, Map of the National Museum of the AF,090617-F-1234P-004

The following map was published in the June 2007 issue of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society newsletter, Communications,  No source was given.  Nevertheless, it gives some idea of the complexity of the different escape routes.

Escape Line Map from June 2007 AFEES newsletter

Selected WWII Escape Lines

For additional information on escape lines, see Keith Janes’ WWII Escape and Evasion Information Exchange website, in particular its Escape Lines of World War II page.