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By Steve Pitt

Canadian international warfare II pilot Charley Fox, now in his overdue eighties, has had an exhilarating lifestyles, particularly at the day in July 1944 in France whilst he noticed a black employees motor vehicle, the sort often hired to force high-ranking 3rd Reich dignitaries. Already famous for his ability in dive-bombing and strafing the enemy, Fox went in to assault the auto. because it became out, the automobile contained famed German basic Erwin Rommel, the wasteland Fox, and Charley succeeded in wounding him.

Rommel, who on the time was once the Germans' very best army commander in France orchestrating the Nazis' resistance to the D-day invasion, was once by no means an identical after that. writer Steve Pitt specializes in this seminal occasion in Charley Fox's lifestyles and within the battle, yet he additionally offers interesting points of the interval, together with profiles of famous ace pilots Buzz Beurling and Billy Bishop, Jr., and nice break out architect Walter Floody, in addition to sidebars approximately Hurricanes, Spitfires, and Messerschmitts.

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The author and the publisher welcome any information enabling them to rectify any references or credits in subsequent editions. J. Kirk Howard, President Printed and bound in Canada. Printed on recycled paper. A. 14150 This book is dedicated to Paul and Bertha Nallanayagam, my parents-in-law, who have been like a father and mother to me and have always believed in my writing. Contents Acknowledgements 1 The Report Card 2 Raw Recruit 3 First Flight 4 Raising Cain in a Harvard 5 Combat Training 6 Over There 7 Invasion 8 Buzz Bombs, Bogus Fighters, and Bad Weather 9 Surviving Peace 10 Charley Fox Today Epilogue Selected Reading Selected Websites Acknowledgements Although writing is a solitary occupation, the research is usually a team effort.

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