Hurricane Pilot: The Wartime Letters of W. O. Harry L. Gill, D. F. M. , 1940-1943

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"Mother, you may have thought that you have had some great thrills in your life but let me tell you that you will never get a real thrill until you get up in the sky and have control of the plane making sharp turns, banks, glides and climbs."

Harry L. Gill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 at the age of 18. He flew a Hurricane fighter on missions over France, England, and India and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal before being shot down near Burma in ...

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Overview

"Mother, you may have thought that you have had some great thrills in your life but let me tell you that you will never get a real thrill until you get up in the sky and have control of the plane making sharp turns, banks, glides and climbs."

Harry L. Gill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 at the age of 18. He flew a Hurricane fighter on missions over France, England, and India and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal before being shot down near Burma in 1943.

Hurricane Pilot recreates the heady days of flight and fellowship through Gill's own correspondence with his parents and siblings. Depicting the enthusiasm of youth, a sense of humour, his plans for the future, and an attachment to home, this very personal account of war shows how Gill was transformed from a small-town boy to a mature fighter pilot serving in a global war on another continent.

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"A war-time memoir in its purest and most personal form." — Canadian Press

"A rare glimpse into the heart and mind of an adventurous youth and skilled fighter pilot." — Daily Gleaner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864924995
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions & Gregg Centre for Study of War & Society
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: New Brunswick Military Heritage Series , #10
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Wilson teaches military history in the History Department at the University of New Brunswick. He is co-director of the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project and executive editor of the Milton F. Gregg, VC, Centre's Journal of Conflict Studies

Barbara J. Gill lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a poet, writer, visual artist, and registered nurse. Her service-oriented background includes political, labour, and human rights activism. Her poetry has been published in Canada, USA, and Israel. In 2006, she published Soul Gifts: The World's Self-Help Book and its companion Soul Rubbing™ Exercises: A Personal Vision Quest. Barbara is the oldest niece of Harry L. Gill.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     9
Joining Up, August 1940 - December 1940     15
Flight Training, December 1940 - April 1941     37
Training in Britain, April 1941 - August 1941     65
Operational Flying, September 1941 - March 1942     83
Africa and India, April 1942 - January 1943     107
Appendix     131
Selected Bibliography     134
Acknowledgements     135
Index     137
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