Operation Overflight

Forty years ago today Francis Gary Powers, the pilot of an American U2 spy plane, was shot down over the Soviet Union.

His capture and trial became one of the most infamous events of the Cold War.

William Hope reads five extracts from Powers's autobiography.

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Forty years ago today Francis Gary Powers, the pilot of an American U2 spy plane, was shot down over the Soviet Union.

His capture and trial became one of the most infamous events of the Cold War.

William Hope reads five extracts from Powers's autobiography.

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Powers is taken to KGB headquarters for interrogation.

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After months of interrogation, Powers finally faces his trial for spying.

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Convicted of spying, Powers begins his sentence in a Soviet prison.

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Almost two years into his sentence for spying, Powers is suddenly released into the hands of his former employers - the CIA.