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. Amazing airmen 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 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-aging veterans endured when they were young men in the air war against Nazi Germany.
About The Author
Ian was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and comes from an air force family. His father as well as two uncles served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
Ian spent six years researching this book, interviewing veterans in numerous Canadian cities as well as England, France and the United States. An award winning journalist, Ian is the editorial writer at the Record in Kitchener, Ontario. Ian started writing Amazing Airmen after his newspaper published a story he wrote about his uncle George Darling, a bomb-aimer on a Halifax bomber shot down by a German pilot.
This is Ian’s second book. His first was a collection of humourous essays about fatherhood entitled, Go Ask Dad: Fathers Are Nice Guys. Ian has also taught writing courses at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He lives in waterloo with his wife, Jane Ann McLachlan, a college instructor and writer. They have three children.