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Whispering Death: My wartime adventures

Whispering Death: My wartime adventures
Autor: Lee Heide
Data publikacji: 2006-07
ISBN: 9781552123874
Wydawca: Trafford Publishing
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 250
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Some flying jobs were one way tickets to oblivion and flying a Beaufort Torpedon Bomber from Malta was .... almost.... a dead certainty, The losses were so great it was considered inadvisable to form a squadron so it was pretended tthat the crews were in transit to another place and that the missions they undertook were somehow

As part of Gibbs's 39 squadron flying from Malta the book mixes the drama of the torpedo strikes with the a delightful view of life in those far of times.

An account of the air war in the Mediterranean by a navigator flying Beaufort and Beaufighter aircraft with the Royal Air Force.


About the Author

Lee Heide was trained in Canada as a navigator and flew overseas with Ferry Command in June, 1941. In England he was assigned to a Beaufort OTU and, with an RAF crew, trained on torpedo operations. Sent to the Middle East, the crew went by boat to Nigeria, their aircraft crated in the hold, and then flew across the heart of Africa, down the Nile River from Khartoum to Cairo, and thence to Malta. Heide survived the blitz on Malta for a year with heavy losses to his squadron. Converting to Beaufighters near Tunis, he and his pilot were shot down and forced to ditch near Elba. After five days afloat they landed on Elba, evaded German patrols and escaped to Corsica. After a rest on Cyprus, Heide returned to operations and was again shot down, this time to be interned in Turkey. He was awarded the DFC by King George VI at Buckingham Palace in 1945.

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