Douglas & McIntyre
All the Fine Young Eagles

Book details:

October 2016
ISBN 978-1-77162-135-9
Paperback - Trade
6" x 9"
592 pages
58 b&w photographs
History / Canada / Post-confederation (1867-) HIS006020
$28.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

All the Fine Young Eagles

In the Cockpit with Canada's Second World War Fighter Pilots

An updated edition of David Bashow's highly successful compilation of first-hand accounts from Canadian World War II fighter pilots.

"Based on extensive interviewing, this is what used to be called a cracking good read, and Bashow, a Canadian Forces fighter pilot himself, can understand the emotions and reactions of his forebears."

--Quill & Quire

During the six years of the Second World War, Canadian fighter pilots flew and fought with great distinction in every theatre of war to which Commonwealth fighter forces were deployed. All the Fine Young Eagles captures the spirit and magnitude of the Canadian contribution, which began in Europe's Low Countries in 1940 and ended among the Japanese Home Islands in 1945. In keeping with the country's developing autonomy, Canadians served in both RAF and RCAF units, fighting with great courage in their Spitfires, Hurricanes, Kittyhawks and Typhoons.

All the Fine Young Eagles collects the wartime diaries and postwar reminiscences from a great variety of the Canadian fighter pilots who served in World War II. Their vivid first-hand accounts take the reader into the cockpit to experience dogfights, tactical manoeuvres, forced landings and injuries, as well as the often tedious periods between engagements. They also illuminate the day-to-day living conditions on base and include humorous accounts of the vivid personalities and lighter moments of wartime.

To provide context for their stories, Bashow's authoritative voice offers both a large-scale historical framework and detailed information about tactics, equipment and people, including such famous flying aces as "Buzz" Beurling and "Moose" Fumerton.

This updated second edition contains a substantial amount of new material that veterans have contributed since the publication of the first edition.

About the Author

David L. Bashow

David L. Bashow

David L. Bashow was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1946. After graduation from UNB he joined the Canadian Air Force, flying the CF104 Starfighter for ten ...

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