An Ordinary Hero (by David S. New)
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Imagine you are a Spitfire pilot, shot from the sky, alone in enemy territory where no one speaks your language. It is winter and soon it will be dark. You could freeze to death, starve or be captured by the Nazis. And you are a Jew. This is David Goldberg’s predicament on March 8, 1944.
An Ordinary Hero is Goldberg’s account of how, assisted by the French Underground, he made his way through occupied France and Spain and evaded capture by the enemy. He returned to combat in ground support as a dive-bomber to become the decorated (Distinguished Flying Cross) commander of the only Canadian fighter squadron in Italy.
The book focuses on the sights, sounds, emotions, feelings and thoughts of a Canadian pilot at war. It is about the thrill of flying but also the horrific destruction of battle.