CANADA: Easy Aces

"I got in a good shot at a German, found his gas tank near the wing root, fired into it and into the front of his cockpit till his plane started to smoke and he rolled over on a wing and headed for the ground in flames."

Since December 1939, the letters of 22-year-old Roy E. Buckley have been crammed with such offhand heroics. To his mother and friends in Canada, Buckley wrote of dogfights over Norway, France, Britain, of five Germans he shot down in one fight, of a 35-hour flight from Britain to Singapore in a U.S.-built bomber,...

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