Terror in the Starboard Seat
Beaufort Books | 1980 | ISBN: 0825300258 | English | 198 pages | PDF | 20.8 MB
The starboard seat of a Mosquito fighter - a frightening place to be in World War II - especially if you were teamed up with a Jewish pilot bent on single-handedly destroying the Third Reich David McIntosh, the unwilling occupant of the starboard seat, reveals the hilarious and often moving exploits of the "odd couple" of the air. Together, Sid Seid and Dave McIntosh, both members of the Royal Canadian Air Force 418 Squadron, fly some of the wildest operations of any fighter squadron in the war. They land on one engine more frequently than two; fly errantly over target sites as bombs rain down from above; nearly hit the deck because gas tanks are not switched; and luckily pick their way through heavy flak. Their monumental achievement - the successful completion of forty-one ops - led to each being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. "" is a vivid re-creation of the shocking realities of war - the witnessing of human torches consumed in a blazing aircraft; the long hours of waiting for men to return who never did - but also the camaraderie and good times spent carousing in London, drinking and wenching at the village pubs, and the near misses they could all laugh about In irreverent and comical rhetoric, Dave McIntosh poignantly underscores the tragedy and in inhumanity of war, making "" one of the most entertaining and absorbing books ever to come out of World War II.
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