Amazing Airmen: Canadian Flyers in World War Two by Ian Darling

By Ian Darling

Canadian and British airmen engaged in fierce and lethal battles within the skies over Europe in the course of the moment global warfare. those that survived usually needed to triumph over amazing stumbling blocks to take action -- dodging bullets and German troops, escaping from burning planes and enduring compelled marches in the event that they turned prisoners.

In one tale, a tail gunner from Montreal survived regardless of being subconscious whilst blown out of his bomber. one other tale describes how the group of a navigator from Ottawa used chewing gum to fill holes of their airplane. And one other tells how a pilot from northern Ontario parachuted out of his airplane and have become the objective of a German machine-gunner, yet inside of hours one hundred twenty Germans surrendered to him.

These painstakingly researched tales will allow you to believe what now-aging veterans persisted once they have been younger males within the air battle opposed to Nazi Germany.

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Saturday 29th. Indians with their families are still passing in crowds down the River. At night it was discovered that a theft had been committed by them through an opening in one of the Bastions, and our old acquaintance Shashia was employed to recover the articles. The men occupied as yesterday. Sunday 30th. This morning Shashia could give us no account or throw any light upon the Theft that was committed, he was accordingly again dispatched to extend his enquiries, and he at length returned, after having made out that the Pilferers were of the Homes tribe.

The Tlalams who arrived on the 21st and who have been visiting the different Indian villages in the River, took their leave for this season, Stackeinum their chief alone remaining in the neighbourhood. A few Nanaimoochs, whom we saw today declare their intention of leaving their village below very soon, to go to their own Lands on Vancouver's Island, where they always pass the winter. Wednesday 26th. The Cowitchens, who went up some time ago to the Fishery above, begin now to drop down the River; some of them do not look near us, while others again visit our wharf, and dispose of a part of their store of Provisions.

This being All Saints' day,49 no work was exacted from the people. A number of the Quoitlans were on the ground today, but without doing any business in the way of the Fur Trade. Two large Sturgeon were purchased from them. Friday 2d. Faniant employed as a Carpenter, Faron as a Tailor. Arquoitte & Baker are clearing the Bank of the River opposite the gate of the Fort, and the rest are at the same occupations which they had on Wednesday. One of our Horses got into a quagmire last night and died in consequence during the day.

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