Our Father's War by Julie Thomas

Our Father's War

By Julie Thomas

  • Release Date: 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4
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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 from LA.

He was a foundation member of 485 NZ Spitfire Squadron. He watched his best friends die before his eyes, was shot up twice and made it back to his aerodrome and killed a man for the first time. And he wrote letters home.

In December 1941 he sailed for the Middle East and, after a spell as an instructor, he requested a transfer back to active duty. Only four of his training course of 21 men survived and came home. He was one of them. Many years later he wrote notes about his war time experiences in preparation for the memoir that never happened.

In 1991 he died at the age of 74 after an 11 month battle with cancer. He was my Dad and I inherited the box of letters and notes. It is time we all heard about his war and I have complied this as much for the younger members of my family who never knew this brave and modest man, as for anyone else. World War II, from the air and the ground, in his own words.


  • Steve

    By Stevev3927
    Wonderful account of brave men (boys really) that should humble us all in our sheltered existence they bought us with their dedication and sacrifice. God bless them all
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    By bonkerz n.1
    Awesome make make
  • An excellent read

    By Gittardood
    Having a very keen interest in the aerial combat of the second world war I took a punt on this book and found it fascinating reading about a person's first hand experience during the conflict. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to read this and I will keep this in my collection. Thank you
  • Our fathers war

    By Greennog
    A great book read it in a day. A great pilots eye view of the early years of the war. Take from his letters home. Makes you wonder hat happened to the others mentioned. Well worth a read.
  • Lovely book

    By Climbingvic
    A lovely book and a great tribute to the NZ people for giving their lives during the war to help us British. I'd not contemplated the attitude towards this either by the young new zealanders but it was done with grace, a sense of patriotism and with pride. Im keen to learn more about this now.