It is somewhere close to midnight on the clock when the men who fought the Second World War will still be with us. I have met just a few of them, sometimes goading them to reveal their experiences, at other times being simply a conduit to the river of their memories, sensing, on occasion, a kind of urgency to get it out there, just so these adventures and tragedies will not be lost to future enquiring minds.
Michael Veitch has always been a keen historian and aeroplane fanatic. From a young age, he was obsessed with air force pilots and their machines. And with his gift for chat, he has once again captured the memories of these brave, lucky men who survived the 'unsurvivable'.
The risks of not returning from flying missions in WWII were extremely high, so the stories are uniquely heroic, almost unbelievable. But these were ordinary men in extraordinary situations, and, in this third collection from Michael Veitch, they record their stories for future generations.
Excellent audio, which gives an incite into how those who night after night continued to board aircraft in the most daunting and horrific circumstances were able to speak and tell their stories before there’re consigned to history and forgotten.
What did you like most about Heroes of the Skies?
The authentic voice of WW2 airmen, recorded for posterity.
What other book might you compare Heroes of the Skies to, and why?
Michael Veitch's previous volumes in the series. I have them all and together they make a unique and powerful record of the service and sacrifice of a fast disappearing generation.
What does Michael Veitch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Michael Veitch is a self-confessed obsessive who has dedicated himself to recording the oral history of WW2 airmen. He brings to the subject the authority and judgement of a lifetime study, combined with a depth of understanding, rapport and live of his subject which is unrivalled.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both, in equal measure. What we would now call black humour in adversity abounds, as does the moving testimony of those who have been through prolonged exposure to life threatening situations.
Any additional comments?
Michael Veitch is a superb narrator, who brings his encyclopaedic knowledge to bear. No actor here mangling accepts or mispronouncing proper nouns, just sympathy for the subject, unobtrusively allowing the voices of the veterans to speak through his words. Outstanding. If only Audible used more authors and fewer actors.
As a pilot of a modern day jet airliner, I have been mesmerised by Micheal’s books on WW2 aviation.
This poignant archive is a real treasure as are the other books in the series.
The narration is superb. Thank you Micheal.
An excellent series of brave Australian Airmen. These histories must be recorded. Well done Michael.