Earth Angels Rising

The contents – work in progress – Earth Angels Rising

Title – Legal – Dedication – About the author

Author’s Note: About this book, it is a collection
… of anecdotes, extended narratives, and memoirs of never-before-published dramatic accounts, many heart-warming and some gut-wrenching, along with photographs and graphics … it is also a literary hitch-hiker’s guide to the 3,500+ un-armed, non-uniformed and un-insurable civilians who came from 23 allied nations to create and sustain, with the start-up help of the Canadian Pacific Railway, what became the Royal Air Force Ferry / Transport Command of WW II – the RAF FC/TC, and help from men and women seconded to the unit from allied air forces, and men and women attached to the unit from allied commercial airlines, along with the men and women of allied Air Transport Auxiliary units in allied nations … to deliver 9,442 of the 10,000 American-made un-armed bombers assigned them – a low loss of aircraft but at a tragic cost of more than 500 lost lives

Chapter 1 – Before WW II went global: Churchill’s plea for help, first flight in answer, by Capt. V. Edward Smith
… vignettes about a flurried but not frenzied beehive of activity throughout Canada … on Friday, December 7th, 1940, precisely one year before the day that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor – England’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill wrote an impassioned 23-paragraph plea for help to American president Franklin D. Roosevelt … FDR replied with action by early 1941 … but the night of Sunday, November 10th, 1940, 27 days before Churchill wrote his letter, help was already on its way with the first flight of seven American bombers … and contains Captain Smith’s story of this flight, the second American pilot recruited to help

Chapter 2 – Motley-looking swashbucklers they may have been, but no fools these mortals were …
… “they” came from Canada’s, England’s and the USA’s bush, local, regional, national and international airlines to mold the civilian backbone and spine of what became Ferry Command … thousands of American air and ground support crews were recruited in a wink-wink, nudge-nudge manner by the Clayton-Knight Committee … the recruits were the crème-de-la-crème, the elite of aviation in the early 1940s, many of them resplendent in their 10-gallon hats, blue jeans and cowboy boots … they all did what experts said was impossible and suicidal, which was flying the North Atlantic Ocean skies in winter … once they succeeded, allied air forces, and commercial airlines from allied nations picked up the baton to help, resulting in the massive world-wide air delivery, to when and where they were needed, of more than 250,000 fighter aircraft and bombers … Dr. Patrick McTaggart-Cowan – aka “Dr. McFog,” tackled North Atlantic Ocean weather forecasting difficulties to overcome necessary radio silence… powerful mindsets about crossing North Atlantic Ocean skies

Chapter 3 – American and Canadian views on pushing and pulling bombers across the border …
… how, when and where American airplanes got into Canada despite powerful neutrality laws and strong pro-German influences rampant in North America from mid-1930s to early 1940s

Chapter 4The Spirit of Lockheed-Vega Employees mystery … there were two of them, one crashed

Lockheed Hudson bomber, "The Spirit of Lockheed-Vega Employees"

Lockheed Hudson bomber, “The Spirit of Lockheed-Vega Employees”

Chapter 5 – As (Sheldon) Luck would have it … and did! – Churchill’s personal mail carrier in North America, commended by his King … and his adventures in the RAF FC’s #231 Telecommunications Squadron

Chapter 6 – Odds ’n’ Ends ’n’ Bits ’n’ Pieces … accidents survived and not …
… such as a Northern Labrador bomber crash, a Greenland rescue, espionage and sabotage, cargoes, stowaways, air mail, stamps, nylon stockings, a monkey mutiny in flight, helping Montgomery defeat Rommel in Africa … an American Ferry Command board game – mystery books about the ferry command of yesteryear – no room for ladies in RAF FC/TC cockpits but for one – American Jacquie Cochrane, a feisty one at that … women were permitted to pilot aircraft, but only in Air Transport Auxiliaries … known as ATAs – and the story behind the Ferry Command Association

Chapter 7 – Octogenarians and nonagenarians remember, and are remembered
Some One-Trippers … and the story of Larry Sellick, the youngest teenager who legally served his country in the RAF FC / TC – as a result of Harry Griffith’s experience after Harry fell from a bomber and lived … Nonagenarian Louis Lang still “fighting” in 2015: a different kind of war with Canada’s Veterans’ Affairs

Chapter 8 – Finding aids and sources of information – where and how to find much information on the RAF FC / TC

Chapter 9 – Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame members who flew with the RAF FC / TC in any capacity

Chapter 10Atlantic Bridge in its entirety … the only “official” version of what became known as Ferry Command