Less than three years later, on May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers took off from Peshawar, Pakistan, at the controls of an ultra-sophisticated Lockheed U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft. Powers, a CIA-employed pilot, was to fly over some 2,000 miles of Soviet territory to Bodo military airfield in Norway, collecting intelligence information en route. Roughly halfway through his journey, he was shot down over Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains. Forced to bail out at 15,000 feet, he survived the parachute jump but was promptly arrested by Soviet authorities.
Hirschbiegel sees the German drama scene as constantly improving with productions like “Deutschland 83” finding an audience outside Germany. “I think it is only just starting now. It is way overdue. We have been behind for almost 15 years now, behind the rest of the world, and in particular the . and England, where there has been one good, smart groundbreaking series after another. In Germany, we have been cooking from the same pot with the same old cabbage over and over again, and finally not only the TV stations but the audience as well are waking up.”
On Saturday, June 27, exactly two weeks after Dasch and his team had landed at Amagansett, Hoover wrote Roosevelt to tell him all eight German agents had been caught. ‘On June 20, 1942,’ he said, ‘Robert Quirin, Heinrich Heinck and Ernest Peter Burger were apprehended in New York City by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The leader of the group, George John Dasch, was apprehended by Special Agents of the FBI on June 22, 1942, at New York City.’ Actually, of course, Dasch had surrendered to the FBI in Washington four days earlier. It was his surrender that led to the other arrests, not the other way around.