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Our Father's War
     

Our Father's War

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by Julie Thomas
 

My late Father, Hal Thomas, was a Spitfire pilot in WWII, in England and the Middle East. He was called up in 1939, trained in New Zealand, sailed for England in 1940 and learned to fly a Spitfire. He served for four years and as he grew up, he wrote letters home. After the war he wrote some more, chilling and descriptive words. These are them.

Overview

My late Father, Hal Thomas, was a Spitfire pilot in WWII, in England and the Middle East. He was called up in 1939, trained in New Zealand, sailed for England in 1940 and learned to fly a Spitfire. He served for four years and as he grew up, he wrote letters home. After the war he wrote some more, chilling and descriptive words. These are them.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011544538
Publisher:
Julie Thomas
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
780,713
File size:
263 KB

Meet the Author

I live in Cambridge, New Zealand. For the last 25 + years I have worked in the media, radio, TV and film. I started writing when I was about 8 and have written professionally and personally for years.


I decided it was time to slow down a little and focus on the writing I want to do. So I sold my house in Auckland and moved about two hours south to a lovely rural village and I just LOVE it.


I live with my 88 year Mum and a very intelligent and affectionate cat. I love reading, music of all types, cooking, watching sport and being with family.


I HAVE NEWS!! 'The Secret Keeper' is no longer available online because I have signed a contract with Harper Collins USA. It will be published next year as a Trade Paperback under the William Morrow imprint and also as an ebook. I am delighted by this development and am enjoying the editing stage immensely.


I write from the heart and the subjects of my books fascinate me. I spent 7 years researching 'The Secret Keeper' and it was a labour of love. 'In Vino Veritas' is the first in a trilogy of crime novella featuring murder and mayhem in the vineyard! I also enjoy making people laugh and I have a wacky sense of humour.

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Our Father's War 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is, as the introduction describes, a nice collection of short letters home. In fact it is so personal that you almost become one of the family which the author's father is writing to. As you read the short letters, you understand and appreciate what the young pilot experiences including his flying, the dangers, and the incredible characters he meets and works with who are part of his life during the war. Since my son is of the same age as this young man, for me this book is a page turner and keeps you enthralled the entire time. This book is an amazing view of a young New Zealand pilot's life.
happpy53 More than 1 year ago
very well written an very interesting reading
USAF_SAC_Flyboy More than 1 year ago
The writer did a great job - She made you feel as if you were a member of that squadron flying your own spitfire. Julie thanks for taking us back to a time that was when brave men flew and their sky knew no limits as the poet Pilot Officer John Gillespie RCAF who at age 19 went down in his spitsire over the skies of England wrote: Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings. As Winston Churchill said - Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was was like reading the aurthor's out-going mail.not as flight discriptive as I expected . Delt mostly with his relationships with family and friends.
VaOkie More than 1 year ago
An insightful look at the life and times of a pilot during WWII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book containing personal information and exchange of letters from the airman/father and his family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written and edited compilation of letters sent home by a New Zealand pilpt in WWII. There are almost no mentions of the war itself or his actions. He obviously wanted to assure his parents and family back home that all was well. While commendable, this reduces his correspondence to a travelogue that is extremely boring to all but his family.
chicogg More than 1 year ago
Not my usual reading but thought I'd give this a try. It's short and gives a personal perspective on life of a piolet in early WWII.
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It was very good and interesting to read about a new zealanders, experience in ww2.
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Not interested in his social life which took up 95% of the book/story.
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My father was a pilot in WWII i remember him explaneing to me that a pilots survice was not all dog fights and bombing rades it had a lot of prep work and drills hence the militarys hery up and whate pollocey if you think that any thing is like those video games you play your in for a big wake up call if you decide to enlist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the only reason i finished this book was because i was hoping for it to get better even all the way till the end. boring story nothing in it that had any detailed information about the air war over England or the rest of Europe.