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Going Solo

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It is not so bad when everyone is flying straight and level, but when the entire formation is doing steep turns all the time, it becomes very difficult for a fellow as inexperienced as I was. In Going Solo, the world's favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, tells of life as a fighter pilot in Africa.

Roald Dahl | Going Solo | Slightly Foxed Magazine, Issue 64 Roald Dahl | Going Solo | Slightly Foxed Magazine, Issue 64

You'll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with deadly green mambas and hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling. He was never able to go home, and for three years his

but it is probably what got me in for a lifelong lukewarm interest in WWII that is responsible for 54% of what i have in common with my father, so. Afterward, he signs up in the Royal Air Force to fight in the Second World War and has near-death experiences in Europe and the Sahara. It was even said that he had shot down more planes than any of the famous and glamorized Battle of Britain aces, and this was probably true.

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He was far and away the greatest fighter ace the Middle East was ever to see, with an astronomical number of victories to his credit. Starting out with his time, just out of school, as a Shell Oil employee in Dar es Salaam, the story moves right into the outbreak of WWII and Dahl's becoming an RAF pilot, because that is exactly what happened.Then last night I had to go into his room at 10:00 and take the book away from him so he would stop reading it and go to sleep. The other night he got sent to bed with no read aloud (the little bastard lied to me about brushing his teeth, I know I'm such a hard ass) but he didn't even care! His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

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