Heroes of the Skies
By Michael Veitch
Published by Viking/Penguin Books
RRP $34.99 in paperback
Very soon, the storytellers will be gone and their stories lost forever. This certainly is what has motivated Michael Veitch to capture the personal stories of some very special Australian airmen from World War II – in some cases, just before they left us. Their stories are both inspiring and compelling.
Veitch introduces us to a variety of characters – there’s Cy Borscht, a Jewish Lancaster pilot who was shot down over Holland in 1944 on his 28th mission. He had survived some tough scraps but was destined to spend the rest of the war as a POW.
There was Cliff Sullivan too who started off training to be a Beaufort pilot but ended up in a two man crew being wireless operator, navigator and gunner. He shared some rare photographs which have made their way into the book. Sadly he passed away before it was published.
There are twenty stories in all and some rare photos from the personal collections of these men. If you’re an enthusiast for World War II aviation, you’ll certainly want to add this book to your collection.