2nd May 1944
If only they knew!
Paddy, Billy, the rest of the kidnap team and the General spend another miserable day in the ditch, fearing capture…but it is getting quieter for them, as the German patrols are now searching further up the mountain.
Meanwhile in the UK ….they are front page news – in the Express, Telegraph, Guardian and Times!
In the evening they decide to move a kilometre or so westward – to the valley of Gomara.
Giorgos Pharangoulitakis describes it his memoir ‘Eagles of Mt Ida’: ‘We decided to shift towards the valley of Gomara, just west of Ayia Paraskevi, a part where they had searched every inch, and where we could take up a better defence posture. It was a steep rocky place with a hole like a sort of grotto under a cliff where we could hide for the night.’
In the end they spend the night and the following day under the branches of ‘a very large pear tree …it was like an eagles nest’.