A gripping story of a boy's determination to fly, and of a fighter pilot's valour during the early years of the second world war.
Harry Steed is an apprentice aircraft mechanic at a small English flying club as war clouds gather. He joins the RAF Volunteer Reserve... read more
“The aging paddle steamer pulled into Ramsgate harbour at dusk. The small pleasure boat had spent her mediocre working life ferrying day-trippers from London to Southend on Sea, plying her trade across the Thames estuary to Margate, or working her way around the Essex coast to Clacton with her compliment of holidaymakers. Now, in the twilight of her years, she had found true glory. Machine-gun bullets scarred her decks, her hull was peppered with bomb splinters and blood everywhere testified to her suffering and that of her cargo of exhausted soldiers. Here in Ramsgate was sanctuary at last from German bombs and mines. But Steed knew that after disembarking her soldiers she would be going back to the beaches of Dunkirk. He wished her Godspeed.”
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