Author(s): Ian Darling
Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour, these gripping true stories capture the astonishing bravery of the fliers who helped win World War II. American pilots fought fierce and often deadly battles in every theatre of war and many overcame incredible obstacles to survive. Meet some of these courageous aviators, including: George McGovern, who survived enemy fire that left 110 holes in his aircraft; George H. W. Bush, shot down in the Pacific; Jim Landis, a naval flyer stationed in Pearl Harbour who returned fire even after sustaining a bullet through his hand; Alex Jefferson, a Tuskegee airman shot down over France and taken prisoner; and Betty Blake, one of the little-known women pilots who aided the war effort. Clifton Truman Daniel, a grandson of President Truman, provides the foreword to this collection of carefully researched and vividly told profiles in courage that will transport you to the bullet-ridden, bomb-laden skies of the early 1940s.
Ian Darling hails from an air-force family. His father and both uncles served in Britain's Royal Air Force during World War II. For many years, he taught writing courses at Wilfrid Laurier University and was editorial writer at the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.