This diverse collection of short stories, all relating to aviation during WWII, is written from the perspectives of a group of disparate individuals. A war-weary American pilot is trapped in a loveless marriage and an ATA girl gets caught up in Operation Chastise. A mother’s perspective is chronicled along with the experiences of an Afro-Caribbean Pathfinder and also a German ace, fearful for the life of his younger brother. Even the exploits of a courier pigeon are penned! Corkscrew Port Go! is based on the memoirs of Lancaster bomber wireless operator Reg Payne whose painting, First Wave, was chosen for the book cover.
‘I was captivated by the quality of the writing: the language captures beautifully the atmosphere, mood and innocence of a bygone era’ Craig Moore, former RAF flight engineer.
About the Author
Jacqueline Puchtler lives in Northamptonshire and works as a school librarian. Her interest in flying began when she lived in California in her early twenties. There she was introduced to the Mojave Desert from an aerial perspective in a friend’s battered Cessna, ‘that shook and shimmied its way over the desert.’ She later married a military pilot based at George Air Force Base and eventually moved to Nordrhein-Westfalen. Her interest in flying was rekindled in recent years after enjoying some aerobatics in a Tiger Moth.