YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK


YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK

KEITH OGILVIE    Book Number: 87437    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'Battle of Britain to The Great Escape: The Extraordinary Life of Keith 'Skeets' Ogilvie DFC'. When the Royal Canadian Airforce wouldn't accept him as a pilot in the summer of 1939, Keith 'Skeets' Ogilvie walked across the street in Ottawa and joined the Royal Air Force. A week later he was on a boat to England and a future he could not have imagined. Some unusual luck had won him a transfer as a Spitfire Pilot No. 609 (White Rose) Squadron, just as the Battle of Britain was being joined. Over the next six months he firmly established his credentials with six confirmed victories and two probables, along with several enemy aircraft damaged. Shot down over France the following July, he was fortunate to be treated for grievous injuries by top German surgeons. Skeets' home for the balance of the war was Stalag Luft III prison camp. He was the second to last man out of the 'Great Escape' tunnel but was recaptured three days later. For reasons he never understood, he was one of 23 escapees who were spared from being murdered by the Gestapo. 50 of his fellows were not so lucky. In London and a night off from flying duties, Skeets had been introduced to a fellow Canadian expatriate, Irene Lockwood. While he was testing the limits of his luck, his future wife was experiencing her own adventures in London living through the daily stress of the Luftwaffe bombing campaign and working with MI12 and later as a wartime photographer with the RCAF. Here is the story of two modest people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. His own words and memories include "I turned in to attack them. There was one hell of a 'pow' and I was smacked into the dashboard, my port aileron floated away and the great great rip appeared up my wing." Truly a remarkable chronicle. 267pp with index and photos.
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