Operation Jericho's last surviving pilot Maxwell Sparks


Former Mosquito pilot Maxwell Sparks is the last surviving crew member from Operation Jericho, one of the most controversial air raids of World War II.

He was part of the Royal New Zealand Air Force contingent who joined Australian and British air crews for the operation on 18 February 1944.

The crew's mission was to bomb Amiens jail which held more than 100 French men awaiting death.

The idea of the raid was to break the walls of the prison open and bomb the German guards' quarters to enable the French Resistance fighters to get out.

Actor Martin Shaw talks to Maxwell Sparks about the daring operation.

Operation Jericho is broadcast nationwide on BBC Two on Sunday, 23 October at 20:00 BST and on the BBC HD channel.

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