Fly

  • by Michael Veitch
  • Narrated by Michael Veitch
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Simultaneous release of the thrilling new volume of true stories from airmen of the Second World War, from the author of Flak.Michael Veitch's life-long obsession with the aircraft of the Second World War led him to conclude that every single person who flew, or flew in them, has at least one extraordinary story to tell. With most of these veterans in their 80's, he knew that it was a matter of urgency to find them now, before their personal stories disappear forever. So, over the course of a year, Veitch interviewed over 50 former aircrew across Australia, many of whom had never spoken about their experiences before, even to their families. The result was Flak - a collection of vivid, unforgettable stories from RAAF veterans about their experiences of combat in World War II - and Fly is the second instalment of stories. From bomber pilots to fighter aces, from rear gunners to bomb aimers, from stories of death and fear to tales of humour and comradeship, Michael has helped unearth the extraordinary stories of ordinary men living and fighting in extraordinary times.

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Audible Editor Reviews

A unique collection of stories from World War II airmen, ably narrated by Australian actor and broadcaster Michael Veitch, who collected them. Most of the octogenarian airmen here - pilots, bombers, and runners alike - are Australian or British, but their experiences run the gamut of emotions experienced during war, from terror to comedy, mourning to joy. Military history aficionados will greatly appreciate this collection of rare material, and marvel anew at the sacrifices made during these unforgettable battles.

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Excellent book from RAF and RAAF point of view

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I am very much a WWII aviation enthusiast and read a lot on the subject. This book contains tales from RAF and RAAF pilots and crew who flew in Lancasters, Sterlings, Blenheims, Beauforts, Sunderlands, Fireflies, etc. This material is rare to find elsewhere. In addition, Mr. Veitch is a marvelous writer and narrator. I highly value both the subject matter and the masterful style in which it is presented.

If you are a WWII aviation enthusiast, this is definitely a book for you.

Reviewers often focus on there being comments negative toward Americans. As an American myself, I wish the impression were different. But I keep in mind that WWII was fought by young servicemen, many full of bravado, and it was not uncommon for those of one nation to have some rivalry toward or frictions with those of another -- such was even sometimes the case between one branch and another or even between one squadron and another of the same nation's forces.

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- Brooke P. Anderson

Great flying Narratives.

Would you consider the audio edition of Fly to be better than the print version?

This is read by the author, in his Australian accent, about RAAF and RAF flyers.


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Great story's of incredible men of WWII.

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- Mark "22 retired Army officer. History buff , WWII and flying enthusiast. I love to read, but I work as a gunsmith and firearm instructor and just don't have the time, audible is my FIX !!!!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2008
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd