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Based on a true story, this evocative period piece is filled with chance meetings, pioneering women, and sparkling romance
It is 1953, and the last great transcontinental air race from London to Christchurch is about to begin; but even before the plane has left the runway, it has already become famous as the "bride flight." Of its 60 emigrating passengers, many are brides-to-be flying out to join their fiances on the other side of the world. Among them are Ada, Marjorie, and Esther, each of them with their own reasons for wanting to leave behind the hardships of post-war life at home and their own pasts. During the trip they meet Frank, a charismatic bachelor, who will come to have a dramatic influence on their lives and who exerts a continued hold over each of the women as they follow their very different paths in New Zealand. It is only when they meet again, years later, at Frank's funeral, that the three women—now "brides in black"—get to hear each other's stories for the first time and realize just how closely their lives have been bound together by what happened on the bride flight.
Alan Arnett McLeod, VC
From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online:
McLEOD, ALAN ARNETT, air force officer; b. 20 April 1899 in Stonewall, Man., son of Dr Alexander Neil McLeod and Margaret Lyllian Arnett; d. 6 Nov. 1918 in Winnipeg.
According to the Stonewall Argus, in January 1909 nine-year-old Alan McLeod exhibited the same courage, kindness, and modesty that he would later display as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps. He removed a trap from the foot of a stray dog, but did not seem to understand why others fussed over his exploit. Only four years later he accompanied a detachment from Stonewall on militia training with the 34th (Fort Garry) Horse.
When World War I broke out in 1914, 15-year-old McLeod wanted to enlist, but was unable to do so because of his age. At 17 he tried to join the cadet wing of the RFC in Toronto, and was told to wait until his next birthday. Finally, he received word to report for a medical examination on 23 April 1917. His last day of school fell on his birthday; his classmates and teachers gave him a rousing send-off.
After training at Long Branch and Camp Borden, Ont., McLeod received his wings by the end of July and was commissioned second lieutenant on 19 Aug. 1917. He embarked for England on 20 August and reported to 82 Squadron of the RFC at Waddington, Lincolnshire. He was disappointed to learn in November that he was not allowed to accompany his squadron to France. Combat would have to wait until he was 19.
He enjoyed a brief career as a night fighter pilot, defending London against German air raids. He really wanted to be at the front, however, and somehow managed to convince the authorities that he should not have to wait. He reported to 2 Squadron at Hesdigneul-Les-Bethune, France, on 29 November. This was an unglamorous corps squadron, concentrating on day and night bombing, photography, and cooperation with the artillery. McLeod took to his duties with enthusiasm. He appears to have been popular because of his youth, his exuberance, and his proficiency as a pilot.
McLeod made his first flight over France on 30 Nov. 1917. On 19 December he and his observer, Lieutenant J. O. Comber, had a “Scrap with 8 huns [German Albatros scouts],” claiming that “1 spun away.” Less than a month later, on 14 Jan. 1918, with Lieutenant Reginald Key as his observer, he attacked a kite balloon at Bauvin, sending it down in flames. Such an attack was considered a hazardous act for a fast, man?vrable fighter plane. In a lumbering machine such as an Armstrong Whitworth FK8 it was almost foolhardy. In addition to the balloon, Key destroyed an Albatros. Both men were mentioned in dispatches for this action.
On 27 March McLeod and his observer, Lieutenant Arthur Hammond, took off into low clouds with five other planes to assist the Allied armies by bombing and strafing enemy concentrations around Bray-sur-Somme. They put down at a British airfield after the members of the formation “lost each other,” but resumed their mission alone after lunch. McLeod later wrote to his parents, “We went quite a piece over the line and were just going to drop my bombs . . . when all of a sudden a whole flock of Bosch came out of the clouds on us there must have been 8 or 10 anyway, I foolishly stayed to scrap [with] them.” Initially they had some success, claiming three enemy shot down, but the numerical advantage and superior man?uvrability of the Fokker triplanes soon proved too much for them. Their FK8 was hit in a number of places and burst into flames from the fuel tank in front of the cockpit.
Had aircrew worn parachutes in those days, McLeod and Hammond could have chosen to jump. As it was, they had to ride the aircraft down from at least 2,000 feet as best they could. McLeod managed to side-slip steeply so that most of the flames missed them. When the lire came too close, he swung a leg out of the cockpit. With one foot on the lower left wing and the other on the rudder pedal, he brought the plane towards the Allied lines. Hammond lost the floor of his cockpit in the fire and had to sit on the coaming, with his feet “on the bracing wires at the side of the fuselage.” All the while McLeod kept him in a position to return the enemy’s fire. Despite being wounded six times, Hammond claimed to have shot down three pursuers. Crash-landing in no man’s land within range of enemy fire, McLeod, already hit five times himself, was wounded again by a bomb that went off as he half dragged, half rolled Hammond away from danger. He managed to get him into a shell hole before collapsing from exhaustion and loss of blood.
It was some time before South African troops in the closest friendly trench could rescue the flyers and remove them to the reserve trenches. They then spent several hours there under enemy bombardment until stretcher-bearers took them to the rear under cover of darkness. McLeod ended up at Prince of Wales’ Hospital in London. On 1 May 1918 it was an
On their way out the door, Capt. Lisa Johnson, pauses to greet well-wishers, along with father-in-law, Tom Johnson, left, and husband Sean, with their children Aiden, 6, MacKenzie, 9, and Brynn, 4.
Soldiers of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division flew into Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska early Tuesday morning. After the 1-25th in-processed 158 Soldiers at Eielson's Joint Military Complex, the 1-25th SBCT Soldiers traveled by bus to the Alert Holding Area at home station, Fort Wainwright. Family members, friends, civilians and fellow Soldiers greeted the returned service members at the AHA. This is the first of about 20 returning flights for the Stryker Brigade - discounting the torch party - on the conclusion of which a celebration is planned to mark 12-month deployment to Iraq, the mission accomplished, the Stryker Soldiers who died and the sacrifices made. (Photo by Connie Storch/Fort Wainwright PAO)
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Architects of Air Power is a Time-Life aviation book included in the Epic of Flight series. By the late 1930s air power had dramatically altered the strategic balance in Europe. The seeds of this new order had been sown in WWI. A few farsighted men - notably British Chief of Air Staff Hugh Trenchard, "Billy" Mitchell of the U.S. Army's Air Service and Italian Army colonel Giulio Douhet - insisted that an air force could undertake independent offensive action in war. The flying machines of their day were primitive and could carry only a handful of bombs but these architects of air power foresaw that in an era of total warfare, civilians as well a soldiers would become targets of aerial attacks aimed at crushing their will to resist.
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