Eric P. Donald Releases MOONLIGHT OVER ENGLAND Hoping to Solve Mystery of Brother's Death
Author Eric P. Donald recently came across an old photo of his late brother, Norman G. Donald, a night fighter pilot as well as a test pilot for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Norman was posted to RAF Hunsdon just north of London in 1942. He was soon flying Douglas Havocs and Bristol Beaufighters. However, he and his flight crew were killed in an unsolved Albemarle aircraft crash near Purton on the Bristol Channel, Trafalgar Day, of October 21st 1943.Because Norman never came back home, the author had recurring dreams of his brother's return asking him where he has been all this time.
In his book titled Moonlight Over England The Story of One Night-Fighter Pilot, the author attempts to solve the many mysteries involved over the death of Norman G. Donald. His brother was the only member of the Royal Air Force aboard the Albermarle aircraft. His observer was a civilian, Mr. T. Tims, the two passengers were Air Training Corps Cadets namely, Mr. J. Charlton and Mr. L. White. The author was able to secure vital information about his brother's death from all possible sources but what caused the Albermale aircraft to crash remains a mystery to him.
In the course of the Second World War, huge amount of ingenuity were expended on devising new weapons. But not all the ideas that got off the drawing board were well thought through. One of these questionable ideas for aerial combat is the Turbinlite device which was fitted to the Beaufighters and Havocs. Norman and his squadron flew by moonlight and were involved in the Turbinlite trials.
As the Turbinlite device trials ended, Norman was posted to Filton where he tested, and in some cases delivered, Beaufighters, Bisleys, Blenheims, and Albemarles aircraft. The Albemarle was the first tricycle undercarriage British aircraft that was made mainly of plywood and steel tube parts by many furnishing companies all over England. Half Bristol Blenheim and half Armstrong Whitley bomber in design, it was not a star performer, but a contract had been signed to build six hundred of it. The Red Air Force of Russia also bought some of these aircraft to obtain better engine data, and it was Norman's job to test and deliver them to Erroll in Scotland, where training in their use was arranged and from where they were flown to Russia. While in Erroll, he also befriended Paul Yakimov, a Russian airman of the Red Air Force.
Moonlight Over England The Story of One Night-Fighter Pilot is both an intriguing and highly controversial read as it will not only take readers deep into an author's personal investigation to find answers over the mystery behind the death of his test pilot brother during the Second World War, it will also stir the curiosity of the reading public as to what really caused the Albemarle aircraft to crash on that fateful day.
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About the Author
Eric Paul Donald was born on the southern boundary of Grangetown, Sunderland, on the N.E. coast of England, Feb 23 1930. On the other side of the green hill, (Tunstall Hills) lies Washington where George Washington's family lived. Now part of Sunderland, it is well known for its long history of shipbuilding, mining and engineering, glassmaking and pottery. St Bede built his church in Sunderland or Wearmouth, as it was then known, in 674 AD. The church still stands today. Bede created a great center of learning in northern Europe which has spread throughout the world, for over a thousand years.
Moonlight Over England The Story of One Night-Fighter Pilot * by Eric P. Donald
Publication Date: May 16, 2013
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