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Our Father's War

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In 1939 a 21 year old joined the N.Z.R.A.F. as a reservist. When World War II was declared he was called up and sent to Woodburn training camp in Blenheim and taught to fly. In August 1940 he sailed from New Zealand for England and went to war. As the sea voyage progressed from holiday cruise to deadly dangerous, he kept a diary and then gave it to a steward to post home f ...more
Published October 4th 2011 by Julie Thomas (first published October 3rd 2011)
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Doug DePew
Jun 30, 2012 Doug DePew rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "Our Father's War" very much. I read a lot of World War II history and history in general, but I particularly enjoy reading the stories of the regular men and women who fought it. This collection is extremely rare and valuable. First of all, it's from a fighter pilot. I haven't read a lot of their stories. I also don't know if I've ever read a WW-II memoir from a New Zealander. This is a great collection.

Hal Thomas had quite a sense of humor which made this book very readable. I enjoye
Bill Binkley
Mar 10, 2012 Bill Binkley rated it really liked it
Great first-hand account of WWII flight rigors. The reader is really able to gain insight as to what it was like in the early 40's from an aviator's point of view. I felt the home-sicknes, and all the emotions that soldiers must have been going through. This book kind of underscores the fact that letter-writing to this extent is nearly obsolete.
May 04, 2012 Sweetp-1 rated it liked it
This is a collection of letters written home by the author's father during WWII. He was a spitfire pilot and was based in England, and later in the Middle East. A truly interesting insight into the war from a New Zealander's perspective. At the beginning the letters are full of details about training, leave, and parties and the good times - there is a real sense of a 'she'll be right' kiwi attitude there,trying not to worry loved ones at home. Later, when the realities of war begin to make thems ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Hal rated it liked it
"Our Father's War" is a compilation of letters written home by a New Zealand RAF pilot from 1940 to 1943. His daughter found them after his death in the '70s and edited them into a book form. Her efforts make for a very good read about her father as a young man as he found action flying Spitfires in England, Aden and Egypt. Of a group of 14 Kiwis who went off to war in the air together, he was only one of four who survived the war. Time reading this is well spent, especially for anyone with an i ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book. A little hard read as it consists of the authors father, F/L Hal Thomas NZRAF, from his WWII assignments in Britain, the Middle East and his time (on leave) touring that part of the globe. There are also letters to him at the end of the book, which causes the reader to go back to see which time period they occurred.
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Julie started writing at the age of eight, stories about pre-revolutionary Russian princesses who rode troikas through the snow. She has worked in the media for over 25 years, radio, TV and film. She has written three novels and seven feature film scripts. In 2011 she sold her house in Auckland and moved two hours south to Cambridge, a glorious English style village, not unlike St Mary Mede. She s ...more
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