CANADA: Soldier of Misfortune

Harold Dahl was an air-age soldier of fortune with a quiet, ingratiating manner, the face of an unappreciated minor poet—and an astonishing talent for oscillating rapidly between the frying pan and the fire, meanwhile eating well and never getting badly burned. He was also a good pilot—and a very lucky one.

Born in 1909, in Sidney, Ill., "Whitey" Dahl learned to fly as a U.S. Army cadet, later dropped out of the Air Corps. and by 1937 was ready to launch his flamboyant, horsepower-opera career by marching off to the Spanish civil war...

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