BOYS, BOMBS, AND BRUSSEL SPROUTS: A KNEES-UP WHEELS-UP CHRONICLE OF WW II
J. Douglas Harvey.
Volume 10 Number 4.
J. Douglas Harvey served for twenty-two years in the RCAF. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Canadian Forces Decoration. He retired with the rank of Wing Commander.
In World War II, the fourth largest Air Force in the World was the Royal Canadian Air Force. No. 6 Bomber Group was its largest fighting component. Six Group, formed in January 1, 1943, eventually consisted of fifteen heavy bomber squadrons flying four-engined aircraft. The year that began in March 1943 gave airpower the terror it owns today. The price: 2700 bombers shot down and 19, 000 aircrew lost.
In June 1943 Sergeant Pilot Douglas Harvey, twenty years old with 459 flying hours under his belt, joined 408 Goose Squadron. As pilot, regardless of rank, he was captain of aircraft. The awesome responsibility of such a position, bestowed upon him by the "Powers that Be" ran the gamut from dropping the bombs in the right place to bringing the crew of six home safely.
Doug Harvey, as we say, made it. He left Canada and returned. The time between those two events is the subject of this book.
Boys, Bombs, and Brussel Sprouts is a worthy addition to the books that make it clear that war is idiocy.
Alfred F. Greenwood, Victoria, BC.
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