I was watching a video on YouTube a few days ago, and I knew the answer to the question asked.
The question was what was the aircraft shown?

Three people had answered before me, and had given the wrong answer, because of a simple error – the assumed the plane was a British heavy bomber.

From the first sight, I knew what the plane was – a B17 Flying Fortress – the only question I needed to ask was which variation, that was answered by the end of the video. It is the last version (G). The give for me is the tail turret, the G had an elongated gun position, not the swivel turret of the earlier editions.
The first giveaway is the structure of the fuselage, the British bombers were wider and shorter than their American counterparts. The US carried more powerful bombs, whereas the British carried more bombs.

One person said it was a Wellington, there are no Wellingtons capable of flying, the only remaining Wellington is at RAF Hendon under reconstruction.
Another person said Lancaster, it isn’t a Lancaster as the “Lanc” has a distinctive bomb bay set up.
The third choice was Halifax, this is the closest to the airframe design, but the Halifax has a much wider base, and like most British bombers it had a rear turret.

After “Black Thursday,” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secon… US morale hit a low point. This was compounded by news that the Luftwaffe had rebuilt US planes and were flying them back in the formations www.historynet.com/luftwaff…, and shooting down returning flights.

You can imagine the effect this had on the aircrews, not knowing if the plane flying back with you was going to shoot you down.
It was at this point, the President made two decisions, the first was to lengthen the fuselage of the B-17’s to add a side gun position. The second, more important decision, was to order ALL bomber crews to have a Navajo Indian as the radio operator. Once out of British airspace, only the Navajo operator was allowed to talk.
If you spoke to a plane, and you didn’t get a Navajo reply, the action from that point was sanctioned from the highest authority – No questions asked, shoot the plane down.

The magic word.


Over the last two or three years, as my e-book sales have crashed; I found the best way to get readers for my blogs is to use the magic word. No, not please, or thank you, but FREE.

By adding free to the title, I’ll attract readers like ants to honey.

Another proof of this is that the only e-books that have “sold” on Draft2Digital in this period are the free ones I give out.

What is it about churches?

If you read my posts, you’ll know that I am not overly religious, or trying to push religion on you.

There is something about churches that fascinates me when I enter one I can sense a calm that I never feel anywhere else. Whether it is because of the building being a church or not I haven’t been able to realize as yet, perhaps it could be because I sense another presence in the building. One that is all powerful.

I have wondered if I should have been a Padre since my days in the RAF when I got sent on a course to Andover, Hampshire. People have often said that I would make a good counselor, as I can empathize with the problems of other people well.

I can say with certainty that I admire the men who built the church in the days before Health and Safety rules.

Is there anything after Forgestriker?

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When I talk of my sucess in the world of Science Fiction, I am talking of the success of my series of seven books in the Forgestriker series, but the main success is the e-book Forgestriker. The book itse;f has sold over 400 e-books in four years.


I stand amazed.

After another rejection note, this time from Harlequin romance, I can’t help asking is there a point in me hoping that someone likes my book other than me?


Apparently,  my story is too non-confrontational for their taste.

I still have three stories out for review, but I’m not holding my breath for even the standard note of rejection for them.