Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden

Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden

by Pat DiGeorge


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LIBERTY LADY is the true story of a WWII bomber and its crew forced to land in neutral Sweden during the Eighth Air Force’s first large-scale daylight bombing raid on Berlin. 1st Lt. Herman Allen was interned and began working for his country’s espionage agency, the OSS, with instructions to befriend a businessman suspected of selling secrets to the Germans. Soon Herman fell in love with a beautiful Swedish-American secretary working for the OSS, their courtship unfolding amid the glamour and intrigue of wartime Stockholm. As Swedish newspapers trumpeted one of the biggest spy scandals of the war, two of the main protagonists walked down the aisle in a storybook wedding presided over by the nephew of the King of Sweden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998257006
Publisher: Beaver's Spur Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 514
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents


  1. Heart Hospital
  2. Hedy's Story (The Coordinator of Information, London, The Baby Blitz)
  3. Herman's Story
  4. The War Book of Herman Allen (The Eighth Air Force, The Bombardier, Thurleigh)
  5. 11 January 1944
  6. Big Week
  7. Mission 12 - 6 March 1944
  8. Liberty Lady
  9. Sweden and World War II. (Stockholm, Interned Airmen, Count Folke Bernadotte, Aircraft Internment, Bernt Balchen, The Rockets, The Americans in Sweden, First stop Falun, Rättvik)
  10. November 20, 2007, Providence Hospital
  11. Spies, Spies, Spies (The Swedes, The Americans, The Germans, Erika Wendt, The Office of the Military Air Attache, Escape and Evasion, Enemy Penetration, Herman and Folke Bernadotte, Social Shadows, Dr. John Lönnegren, Overlord, Prisoner of War Exchanges, Destination Uppsala, Doc Potter, Stella Polaris, The War Refugee Board and Wallenberg, Lönnegren Leak, Konstnärshuset, The General’s Visit, Berns, The Arrest, The New Year Explodes)
  12. The Wedding
  13. The White Buses
  14. Goodbye Love
  15. Judgment After All (The War in Europe is Over, Eric Siegfried Erickson)
  16. Going Home
  17. Thanksgiving 2007
  18. After the War (The End of the OSS, The American Internees, The Liberty Lady)
  19. The Mediator
  20. Shoah
  21. Ace Allen
  22. Bartow
  23. Columbia
  24. Between Two Worlds
  25. November 24, 2007
  26. Kum ba yah
  27. The Atria


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Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite I love books on espionage and I get absorbed when the setting is strong and well-developed. Pat Digeorge has done just that, crafting a page-turner set against the gritty historical landscapes of World War II Sweden and modern day, featuring remarkable characters. The only thing that makes it stand out even more is that it isn’t fiction. It is a powerful document that explores what took place in neutral Sweden while the war was raging. Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden talks about love and impeccable spy work. A WWII bomber and its crew are compelled to land in Sweden, a neutral country during a huge bombing in Germany. Lt. Herman Allen starts working for the OSS, an espionage agency for his country, and he has one crucial role to play: make friends with a businessman who might be selling secrets to the Germans. It is in this dynamic that a new relationship burgeons and develops quickly between Allen and a stunning Swedish-American secretary for the OSS. Pat Digeorge's book is filled with wonderful historical references and revelatory information about the behind-the-door activities, the intrigue, and the espionage that took place during the Second World War. Sweden, that stayed neutral, became an attractive turf for espionage. I enjoyed the romance that is sprinkled throughout the story. It seems that the author has done a great job with his research and unearthed facts that are confidently related in this book. Liberty Lady: A True Story of Love and Espionage in WWII Sweden is both entertaining and absorbing. Written in crisp, excellent prose, it is a delightful read.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
How much do you know about Sweden in World War II? About the interned Allied airmen? Liberty Lady tells the story of Pat DiGeorge’s parents, their early lives, how they ended up in Sweden—Hedy with the OSS and Herman as an interned airman—and their lives after the war. It’s a remarkable story of an American family.