An informative and personal account of a young man's flying experiences during WW2. Growing up in York, shaped by the threat of war-Jack Colman achieves his long held desire to become a pilot, joining the RAF in October 1940 just after his 21st birthday. He is sent to Canada to learn to fly and becomes intrigued by the technical and practical aspects of flying and navigation. Becoming a Pilot/Navigator, he joins Costal Command on Liberators based in Iceland. The practical difficulties of flying over the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans protecting the convoys and hunting U-boats are relived as he battles with atrocious weather and navigational uncertainties. His brushes with death whether due to mechanical failure, hitting the sea, U-boat gun fire or running out of fuel, in an ever changing hostile environment are described realistically and calmly (often with humour), situations helped by a confidence in the good advice given by others, his knowledge, skills and a trust in his crew. When training he hears about the death of his father, on leave he finds time to fall in love and marry.
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01 March 2018
Introduction; 1 I Join the `Shortsnorkers'; 2 Prelude to War; 3 Accepted at Last; 4 A Slight Hiccup; 5 Off to Canada; 6 Canadian Hospitality; 7 Airborne at Last; 8 Wings Parade at Brantford; 9 Across the Frozen Water; 10 Christmas Wonderland; 11 Slush, Mud and Prangs [Time with Ferry Command]; 12 York after the `Baedeker' Raid; 13 A Testing Time; 14 Trans-Atlantic Captain/Navigator; 15 O.P.'s Little Black Book [Time with Costal Command: 120 Squadron]; 16 The Battle of the Atlantic; 17 The Liberator Squadron; 18 A Quiet Wedding; 19 To Reykjavik; 20 `Lows' over Iceland; 21 Atrocious Weather; 22 Introduction to the Arctic; 23 Ginger Finds us a U-boat; 24 The Critical Stage; 25 The Big Battle of the Atlantic; 26 Diverted to Gander; 27 The New Wingco; 28 Icelandic Safari; 29 Quiet Time; 30 Wolf Packs Return; 31 The Hunting Horn is Silent; 32 Away from it all with Peggy; Epilogue; Table of Significant Events.