Our Father's War [NOOK Book]

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011544538
  • Publisher: Julie Thomas
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 290,351
  • File size: 257 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    A personal view into a young pilot's life and experiences.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    very good reading

    very well written an very interesting reading

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    I would highly recommend this book - A true story well told

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    not what i expected

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    An insightful look at the life and times of a pilot during WWII.

    An insightful look at the life and times of a pilot during WWII.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Great book!

    I just wanted to read more!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Highly recommended for anyone who studies BoB history and loves the Spitfire.

    Very well written book containing personal information and exchange of letters from the airman/father and his family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Highly Personal Account

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Somewhat interesting

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Pleas read this

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Very good

    It was very good and interesting to read about a new zealanders, experience in ww2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    do not waste your time reading this.

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Was looking for more combat accounts.

    Not interested in his social life which took up 95% of the book/story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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