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Spitfirepilots.com proud to present MOSQUITO ATTACK!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Blog, Books | 0 comments

It’s been a long time coming, but it will finally be out! Delivered to the publisher some time in the summer/fall of 2014, it certainly took its time. But, looking at the new front page cover, it will be worth the wait! The absolute best news in my opinion is Fonthill Medias decision to let an editor work on the book, making any awkward Norwegian-English sentences disappear.

The book was started on in 2013 as a translation project from Finn Eriksruds original 1945 memoir written in Norwegian. The book is updated with new research, names of people, lists of events. Even down to the serial numbers of Mosquitos and ships he was on, escaping Norway. It is a compelling read, written by a young man who still had the experiences of WWII close in his mind and memory. Read between the lines and you will discover a boy who had to grow up quick. Someone who often found himself scared or uncertain of himself, but did his job to the detail. Finn Eriksrud is a true hero and a brilliant example of his generation.

The book will be out 13.02.2015 via Fonthill Media, Amazon, Bookdepository and any other online retailer. It will also be avaiable via the author for Norwegian readers who would like the book signed.

In 1943, the Norwegian forces formed No. 333 Squadron—their third detachment to fly under RAF command. One of its Flights was equipped with de Havilland’s modern wonder, the Mosquito, and among its pilots was twenty-oneyear-old Finn Eriksrud. Mosquito Attack! A Norwegian RAF Pilot at War charts his escape from occupied Norway, his travels across the world, his bomber training in Canada, and the reconnaissance and patrol missions he flew over his homeland. By December 1943, all of the original pilots of Finn’s squadron had died, either in flying accidents or shot down around the Scandinavian Peninsula. That winter, Finn would himself be forced to bail out over the coast of Norway. He was captured and later imprisoned by the German Luftwaffe in Lower Silesia, and spent the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft III Bellaria. In spite of thoughts of escape, Finn was only able leave the camp when the Germans abandoned it in early 1945.

Tor Idar Larsen’s narrative is a compelling and well-researched interpretation of Finn Eriksrud’s original memoirs, written upon his return to Norway after the war. The result is a unique perspective on the Second World War: it offers fresh insight, not only into the experiences of a Mosquito pilot, but also into the friendships, personal development, and adventures of a young man far from home.

 

 

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Myggstikkerne – nye bøker ankommet, for salg!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog, Books | 0 comments

Et tredje opplag med bøkene om Myggstikkerne er nå til salgs. Historien om seks norske Mosquito-piloter i 1943 skrevet med inspirasjon hentet fra Derek Robinson (Piece of Cake, Goshawk Squadron, A Damn Good Show), Kjell Hallbing (Natteravnene m.m) og kanskje til og med en dose Jon Michelet (En Sjøens Helt) har vært en overraskende hit blant flyentusiaster og andre. Boken er en roman, en oppdiktet historie – basert på virkelige hendelser. Bestilling kan gjøres ved å sende e-post til toridarlarsen@gmail.com. 

Fra baksiden av boken;

1943, Skottland.
Det er på tide å ta krigen tilbake til Norge. Seks de Havilland Mosquito tomotors jagerfly med nordmenn bak spakene returnere til det okkuperte Norge. Deres oppgave er offensiv patruljering og rekognosering og angrep mot tyske skip og fly.

Sjansene for å overleve? 1 av 3. Maks.

Med høy innsatsvilje, selvtillitt og en god porsjon naivitet til krigens realiteter tordner de unge nordmennene mot kysten av Norge i monstermaskiner som skremmer dem selv like mye som de skremmer fienden.

Boken er en honnør til Norges tapreste generasjon ungdom. En tragikomisk roman om de brutale maskinene de fløy, jentene de elsket og alkoholen de drakk – i den rekkefølgen. Unge gutter som gjorde sin plikt for Norges frihet i flygende kister.

Det er ikke noe annet å gjøre enn å bite tennene sammen, overleve så lenge det lar seg gjøre, og ta en øl i mellomtiden. Den vanskelige biten i enhver krig er ikke å vinne, men å holde hodet nok over vannet til å ikke tape den.

Boken kan bestilles med å sende en e-post til toridarlarsen@gmail med navn og adresse. Boken koster kun 249,- og blir sendt som B-post for å spare mottakeren for porto. Faktura blir alltid vedlagt.

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