Sir Malin Sorsbie O.B.E., C.B.E., K.St.J. ( May 6th, 1906 - October 28th, 1988 ) was born at Farnborough ( Hampshire, England ).
At the age of 17, he emigrated to Canada in search of work, which he found on wheat and cattle ranches, at logging camps, and as a stoker. He also studied at Manitoba University before joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1926. Four years later, Malin Sorsbie joined the R.A.F. and was trained in Egypt. He flew all the aircraft flown by his hero in his novel Dragonfly, and travelled extensively before becoming an Imperial Airways pilot in 1935.
During the Second World War , he opened up new long - distance routes for ferrying across the Atlantic, as well as in the Middle East and Africa. He became Overseas Operations Director of B.O.A.C., and after the war successively opened Northolt for B.E.A. pending the completion of Heathrow, built up East African Airways, and finally accepted the chairmanship of the Munitalp Foundation, working on scientific and conservation development in East Africa.
Having previously hunted game in northern Kenya, Malin Sorsbie became a conservationist and the Chief Game Warden of Kenya, working alongside the famous Dr Louis S.B. Leakey ( 1903 - 1972 ).
Malin Sorsbie has published another book entitled The Pacha ( 1988 ).
( sources : Geneanet, www.theonlinebookcompany.com, DRAGONFLY )