30 March 2013

Memoirs of a WWII Airman and Prisoner of War

Of Stirlings and Stalags (memoirs of W. E. 'Bill' Goodman)
If someone in your family served in the RAF, RAAF or RCAF during World War 2, you may want to read Of Stirlings and Stalags: an air-gunner's tale, a first-hand account of a young man's wartime experience. William 'Bill' GOODMAN's memoirs include references to airmen from Australia, Canada, South Africa and Britain.

Bill describes his service with 7 Squadron at Oakington; the terrifying events of the night their Stirling was shot down over Holland; his subsequent incarceration at Stalag Luft 3 (of 'Great Escape' fame); periods in other camps; and the long, debilitating march back home. With fascinating commentary, vivid description and the intimacy of his experience, Bill writes about his fellow airmen and POWs, the man who shot down their Stirling on that eventful night, the heroes of the Dutch resistance and, surprisingly, a kindly and caring guard in Stalag Luft 3!

Of Stirlings and Stalags: an air-gunner's tale is available in paperback from Lulu or as an e-book from Amazon.

The book's editor is Gill Chesney-Green, Bill's daughter, who is a member of the 'Genealogists for Families' project.