The just published biography of the late Sqn Ldr John Mott MBE, written by niece Stella Marsh, will be presented and discussed by John Mott's daughter Suzannah and her husband Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE.
John Mott has been described as an unsung hero with no sense of his own achievements, and just an innate sense of duty in a time of crisis – one of only a handful who came back twice.
Stella Marsh experienced a journey of challenges, frustrations and joys as she researched the varied and equally remarkable wartime adventures of one of the Second World War’s truly forgotten heroes; making this a very personal and evocative tale of one man’s journey to war, and his work - first as a bomber pilot completing nineteen missions before being shot down, and then evading capture across the Pyrenees.
John Mott returned to duty flying Lysanders with the Special Duties squadron out of RAF Tangmere, including missions for the Special Operations Executive (SOE). In 1942 his Lysander got bogged down and John was captured, but following the Italian armistice he managed to escape into the Alps through Yugoslavia to rejoin service, this time with No. 1 Special Force due to his unique knowledge of a specific partisan group.
The title of this biography - THE TWISTED FLORIN - will also become clear because, in itself, it gives no clue that it details such incredible wartime bravery, amazing ingenuity and coincidences along with the with daring and courage long associated with WW2 escape and evasion. John Mott's story also offers fresh perspectives on the devastating personal effect of the war on servicemen and civilians, on both the home front and in occupied Europe.