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Don lived an
adventure many young men had hoped for, piloting his beloved Hawker
Hurricane with RAF No. 33 Fighter Squadron in the Western Desert.
In this book he
chronicles not only
including Operation Crusader, but a spirit of life,
camaraderie and loss, at North Africa Landing Grounds.
When the author
himself is shot down and crash lands, he witnesses the starkly brave
act of a true friend, L.C. Wade, putting his own life on the line for his.
The ensuing years in captivity, coupled with skill and good
fortune, provide a unique view of life in the hands of the Axis
powers. He shares his good nature and
humour, allowing a glimpse into 'what it was' that got these men
through it all.
Weeks later aboard the S.S. Ariosto, a crude prisoner ship, they were torpedoed in the night. Injured when the blasts blew him from the sealed hold, he was able to time his leap into the debris-filled water and survive semi-conscious for hours. 138 fellow prisoners died. He is one of the few eyewitnesses to the disaster.
"Luft III was a
world all by itself, much more fully developed than our camps had
been in Italy. I was in North compound.
Our life there was intensely interesting, although very
boring, and the things the boys did to keep themselves amused and
busy were weird and wonderful."
- Don Edy
In 1948 Don wrote: "This story was written primarily for my family and for my children. I found that I could not tell the family all that happened by just talking from time to time. I realized that by the time the children were old enough to understand, and would want to know what I did in the War, I would not be able to tell them. Some of my friends, have intimated that the story might be of Public interest. Maybe it would, and if enough people think so I might re-write it again with that in mind." And so he has.
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If you know the history or whereabouts of any 1941 No. 33 Squadron personnel, please contact Don.
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updated March 15, 2011