Death or Freedom: The Jericho Jailbreak

About the Show

It was one of the most daring raids of World War Two, with a Biblical name and a supposedly miraculous outcome. On the morning of 19 February 1944, a squadron of RAF Mosquito bombers, flying as low as 3 metres over occupied France, demolished the walls of Amiens Prison. The official reason for the raid was to free French resistance fighters awaiting imminent execution by the Nazis. The bombs killed about 100 people but many were freed. Recreating the route of the legendary raid, this dramatic documentary investigates the missing pieces of the story, with interviews from survivors and aircrew. The film gives fresh insights into the mission's planning and leadership and asks why the raid was really ordered - and by whom.