Our Father's War

Our Father s War In a year old joined the N Z R A F as a reservist When World War II was declared he was called up and sent to Woodburn training camp in Blenheim and taught to fly In August he sailed from

  • Title: Our Father's War
  • Author: JulieThomas
  • ISBN: 9781466110663
  • Page: 494
  • Format: ebook
  • In 1939 a 21 year old joined the N.Z.R.A.F as a reservist When World War II was declared he was called up and sent to Woodburn training camp in Blenheim and taught to fly In August 1940 he sailed from New Zealand for England and went to war As the sea voyage progressed from holiday cruise to deadly dangerous, he kept a diary and then gave it to a steward to post home fIn 1939 a 21 year old joined the N.Z.R.A.F as a reservist When World War II was declared he was called up and sent to Woodburn training camp in Blenheim and taught to fly In August 1940 he sailed from New Zealand for England and went to war As the sea voyage progressed from holiday cruise to deadly dangerous, he kept a diary and then gave it to a steward to post home from LA.He was a foundation member of 485 NZ Spitfire Squadron He watched his best friends die before his eyes, was shot up twice and made it back to his aerodrome and killed a man for the first time And he wrote letters home In December 1941 he sailed for the Middle East and, after a spell as an instructor, he requested a transfer back to active duty Only four of his training course of 21 men survived and came home He was one of them Many years later he wrote notes about his war time experiences in preparation for the memoir that never happened In 1991 he died at the age of 74 after an 11 month battle with cancer He was my Dad and I inherited the box of letters and notes It is time we all heard about his war and I have complied this as much for the younger members of my family who never knew this brave and modest man, as for anyone else World War II, from the air and the ground, in his own words.

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    1. I enjoyed "Our Father's War" very much. I read a lot of World War II history and history in general, but I particularly enjoy reading the stories of the regular men and women who fought it. This collection is extremely rare and valuable. First of all, it's from a fighter pilot. I haven't read a lot of their stories. I also don't know if I've ever read a WW-II memoir from a New Zealander. This is a great collection.Hal Thomas had quite a sense of humor which made this book very readable. I enjoye [...]

    2. Great first-hand account of WWII flight rigors. The reader is really able to gain insight as to what it was like in the early 40's from an aviator's point of view. I felt the home-sicknes, and all the emotions that soldiers must have been going through. This book kind of underscores the fact that letter-writing to this extent is nearly obsolete.

    3. This is a collection of letters written home by the author's father during WWII. He was a spitfire pilot and was based in England, and later in the Middle East. A truly interesting insight into the war from a New Zealander's perspective. At the beginning the letters are full of details about training, leave, and parties and the good times - there is a real sense of a 'she'll be right' kiwi attitude there,trying not to worry loved ones at home. Later, when the realities of war begin to make thems [...]

    4. "Our Father's War" is a compilation of letters written home by a New Zealand RAF pilot from 1940 to 1943. His daughter found them after his death in the '70s and edited them into a book form. Her efforts make for a very good read about her father as a young man as he found action flying Spitfires in England, Aden and Egypt. Of a group of 14 Kiwis who went off to war in the air together, he was only one of four who survived the war. Time reading this is well spent, especially for anyone with an i [...]

    5. Enjoyable book. A little hard read as it consists of the authors father, F/L Hal Thomas NZRAF, from his WWII assignments in Britain, the Middle East and his time (on leave) touring that part of the globe. There are also letters to him at the end of the book, which causes the reader to go back to see which time period they occurred.

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