As a child in World War II, Gilbert Delcon refused to seek shelter when the air raid sirens went off over his village in Belgium. Enthralled by the sleek lines of the Spitfires, he ran outside to watch the planes pass overhead. Ten years later, he sought to fulfil his dream of one day flying a ‘Spit’. But how reliable were these machines, which the Belgian airforce had purchased from the RAF?
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About the Author
Gilbert F. J. Van Hoeydonck is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. He grew up in Belgium and studied Dutch and English at the University of Antwerp. In 1978 he took up a limited tenure lectureship in Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne, where he taught for six years. After he became an Australian citizen Gilbert worked for the Victorian Government as a policy adviser and project manager in child protection and public mental health services. He participated in some high–profile child death inquiries and helped implement clinical outcome measurement across Victoria's public mental health services. Gilbert now works as an independent writer. He has published a number of short stories. The Best of Intentions (2018) is his his first novel. Sign up for Smashwords author alerts on this page to receive an update when Gilbert releases a new book.