Amazing Airmen: Canadian Flyers in World War Two by Ian Darling

By Ian Darling

Canadian and British airmen engaged in fierce and lethal battles within the skies over Europe throughout the moment international conflict. those that survived frequently needed to conquer significant stumbling blocks to take action -- dodging bullets and German troops, escaping from burning planes and enduring pressured marches in the event that they turned prisoners.

In one tale, a tail gunner from Montreal survived regardless of being subconscious while blown out of his bomber. one other tale describes how the team of a navigator from Ottawa used chewing gum to fill holes of their airplane. And one other tells how a pilot from northern Ontario parachuted out of his airplane and have become the objective of a German machine-gunner, yet inside of hours a hundred and twenty Germans surrendered to him.

These painstakingly researched tales will aid you suppose what now-aging veterans continued once they have been younger males within the air struggle opposed to Nazi Germany.

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