World War II Flying Stories

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Pub Date 09 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021

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This diverse collection of short stories, all relating to aviation during WWII, is written from the perspectives of a group of disparate individuals. A war-weary American pilot is trapped in a loveless marriage and an ATA girl gets caught up in Operation Chastise. A mother's perspective is chronicled along with the experiences of an Afro-Caribbean Pathfinder and also a German ace, fearful for the life of his younger brother. Even the exploits of a courier pigeon are penned! Corkscrew Port Go! is based on the memoirs of Lancaster bomber wireless operator Reg Payne whose painting, First Wave, was chosen for the book cover.


10% of author proceeds donated to the Royal British Legion.

This diverse collection of short stories, all relating to aviation during WWII, is written from the perspectives of a group of disparate individuals. A war-weary American pilot is trapped in a...


Advance Praise

‘I was captivated by the quality of the writing: the language captures beautifully the atmosphere, mood and innocence of a bygone era’

- Craig Moore, former RAF flight engineer.

‘I was captivated by the quality of the writing: the language captures beautifully the atmosphere, mood and innocence of a bygone era’

- Craig Moore, former RAF flight engineer.


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Author will be interviewed live on BBC Northampton at 10:45am on Wednesday 10th November. 

Author will be interviewed live on BBC Northampton at 10:45am on Wednesday 10th November. 


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These are a very enjoyable and well written set of stories from an author who evidently has researched her subject matter thoroughly and must also possess a great love of flying. Character development is often a failing in the short story format but Jacqueline Puchtler manages to bring clarity and depth to most of her people (and pigeons!) in just a few pages. Some of the stories are overly sentimental which may put off those who expect more Biggles than Barbara Cartland but each tale is well crafted and the roller coaster emotions well illustrate the perils and uncertainties which must have characterised life as a wartime pilot. I particularly enjoyed the story about "Operation Chastise" which adds a fictional element to the Dam Busters story and may therefore offend the purist. For my money, if the technical details are accurate, as I think they are here, then it is a highly effective and enjoyable way for the reader to learn some history. I would like to thank NetGalley and Cranthorpe Milner Publishers for permitting me to review this book.

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What a great collection of short stories. Each one is full of action and is well written. This book will surely hold your attention! I could not put this book down till I finished it. A great read for the air enthusiast. Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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