By Steve Pitt
Canadian global warfare II pilot Charley Fox, now in his overdue eighties, has had an exciting lifestyles, specially at the day in July 1944 in France while he noticed a black employees automobile, the sort often hired to force high-ranking 3rd Reich dignitaries. Already famous for his ability in dive-bombing and strafing the enemy, Fox went in to assault the auto. because it became out, the auto contained famed German common Erwin Rommel, the wasteland Fox, and Charley succeeded in wounding him.
Rommel, who on the time used to be the Germans' best army commander in France orchestrating the Nazis' resistance to the D-day invasion, used to be by no means a similar after that. writer Steve Pitt makes a speciality of this seminal occasion in Charley Fox's existence and within the battle, yet he additionally offers interesting points of the interval, together with profiles of famous ace pilots Buzz Beurling and Billy Bishop, Jr., and nice get away architect Walter Floody, in addition to sidebars approximately Hurricanes, Spitfires, and Messerschmitts.
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Extra resources for Day of the Flying Fox. The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox
But Canadian factories and thousands of tonnes of supplies bought from the United States swiftly transformed Canada into a military camp. Charley Fox had just finished earning his final two credits on his high-school diploma when Canada declared war on Germany. If not for Hitler, Charley would have been thinking about college or finding a better job. Now his future had only one option: he was going to war! FASCINATING FACT A Country in Uniform By the end of the Second World War, 1,081,865 Canadians out of a population of 11 million were serving in the military.
As a senior jail guard, Charley’s dad was often sent to flag down a passing train to either receive or deliver a prisoner. Today his father was alone. As Charley peered down at his dad, William Fox came to attention without a word and saluted his son. Charley awkwardly came to attention and saluted back. With a proud smile his father waved to the conductor to start the train again. Charley returned to his seat. Sitting next to him was a large young man who introduced himself as Larry Summers from Simcoe, Ontario.
Over the hissing of the train boiler and the hundreds of goodbyes in progress. When Charley answered, the sergeant nodded, made a check mark with a pencil on his clipboard, and motioned with his thumb for Charley to get on the train. With one final round of hugs from Helen and his aunt, Charley climbed aboard, eager to start the greatest adventure of his life. Up until that time the farthest Charley had ever been from home was Windsor, a small city about 330 kilometres away. Now more than 1,600 kilometres would separate Charley from everything he knew and loved.
Day of the Flying Fox. The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox by Steve Pitt