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Stories categorised in 'A Veteran Looks Back - Bill Doran'. These stories may contain references to other themes.
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Preface to "A Veteran Looks Back"

It follows one through the various training stations in Canada and Britain until, finally a posting to a...

Introduction to "A Veteran Looks Back"

On September 3rd of 1939, when Germany had not replied to Britain's note to withdraw troops from Poland...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 1

Early in December, ours and two other flights were posted to No 7 S.F.T.S. at Macleod, Alberta for...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 2

We were billeted at Athabasca Hall on the University campus, and took many courses at the old Normal School...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 3

Many interesting hours were spent in the Link Trainer doing simulated bombing and gunnery exercises... The...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 4

Most of our aerial gunnery exercises consisted of firing at a drogue or target which was towed about a...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 5

Our basic job at A.O.S. was to acquire skill and familiarity with the aerial camera, and to become adept at...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 6

I still have very pleasant memories of Quebec City, of Yvonne and her “milk” at the Chateau...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 7

One was Joan M., a tall shapely blonde who I thought was quite OK, and Phyllis K., a dark eyed, dark haired...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 8

After a day of familiarisation with the station, that is, getting to know your way around, all aircrew,...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 10

Crews were almost international in nature, as there were personnel from Canada, New Zealand, Britain, South...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 11

Pathfinder force” was composed of outstanding crews having specialised training, flying Lancaster or...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 12

Night fighters engaged the bombers in a number of battles, but our crew did not contact any... Crew members...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 13

The Officer's arm shot out, and the wedge cap was snatched from the prisoner's head and thrown...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 14

This colourful display was used as the aiming point for bombers flying well above the clouds, and if the...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 15

Later, in the Officers Mess, the big request was for Bourbon, but in its absence, the visitors were soon...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 16

To counter this, though, enemy fighters and flak units were much more accurate in their defences during...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 17

No flak or fighters were observed, and other than one bomber which crash landed in the Wash off the East...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 19

Dummy markers” on the port side drew some attention, but cloud moving in and covering the target made...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 20.

Despite the tremendous risk, Bomber Command decided to send bombers loaded with food in the bomb bays, and...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 21

Much of the filming of briefings and crew room shots was done at our Squadron, and a lot of aerial action...

A Veteran Looks Back - Chapter 22

Finally, in early August, I, with a trainload of repast from Rufforth, travelled through Glasgow to the...

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