The Orchid

The Orchid

Monday, 3 June 2013

New Spitfire Fighter Planes Novella

I am delighted to announce that I have signed with The Wild Rose Press for a WW2 fighter pilots novella. My grandfather worked on the Spitfire aircraft during the war and had many stories— funny, inspiring and heart-breaking—about the pilots he worked with. He would have loved to read this book, but sadly he passed away last year, so I will dedicate it to him instead.

While researching, I was humbled by the incredible courage of both the pilots and the ground crew. Under continual bombing raids, they scrambled the planes and shot up into skies filled with shrapnal and bullets, risking their lives again and again. 



Particularly inspiring was the book by Geoffrey Wellum, 'First Light,' in which he describes his life as a young fighter pilot. This was also made into an excellent BBC series that honoured both the pilots and the ground crew, who also worked under dangerous and challenging conditions. 

If anyone would like to find out more, I have put a link here to a selection of personal stories on the BBC website, which are fascinating to read.