Amazing Airmen: Canadian Flyers in the Second World War

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Dundurn, 2009 - History - 257 pages
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Canadian and British airmen engaged in fierce and deadly battles in the skies over Europe during the Second World War. Those who survived often had to overcome incredible obstacles to do so -- dodging bullets and German troops, escaping from burning planes and enduring forced marches if they became prisoners. The Survivors tells some of these stories -- tales that are so amazing they sound like fiction. In one story, a tail gunner from Montreal survived despite being unconscious when blown out of his bomber. Another story describes how the crew of a navigator from Ottawa used chewing gum to fill holes in their aircraft. And another tells how a pilot from Northern Ontario parachuted out of his plane and became the target of a German machine-gunner, but within hours 120 Germans surrendered to him. These painstakingly researched stories will enable you to feel what now-ageing veterans endured when they were young men in the air war against Nazi Germany.
 

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Another inspirational collection of memories of Canadian airmaen who flew against Nazi Gemany. Most flew in bombers, but some also flew fighters of train busters like the Typoon. Since most of the ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
13
Chapter 2
39
Chapter 3
45
Chapter 4
61
Chapter 5
69
Chapter 6
77
Chapter 7
83
Chapter 8
95
Chapter 14
169
Chapter 15
179
Chapter 16
187
Chapter 17
203
Chapter 18
215
Chapter 19
227
Chapter 20
237
Notes
239

Chapter 9
105
Chapter 10
113
Chapter 11
123
Chapter 12
147
Chapter 13
155
Acknowledgments
245
Index
249
Of Related Interest
259
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Ian Darling comes from an air force family. His father, as well as his two uncles, served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Darling is the author of Go Ask Dad and is the editorial writer at The Record. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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