The Shepherd is a 1975 novella by Frederick Forsyth. It relates the story of a De Havilland Vampire pilot, going home on Christmas Eve 1957, whose aircraft suffers a complete electrical failure en route from RAF Celle in northern Germany to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk . . . Since 1979, the story has been broadcast annually in Canada on the CBC Radio One news programme As It Happens. Read by the late Alan Maitland, the recording always airs on the last episode on or before Christmas Eve.