Spencer Dunmore ( December 16th, 1928 - December 14th, 2019 ) was born in London ( England ). His fascination and respect for wartime aircrew grew out of his youth going to boarding school in Pocklington ( Yorkshire, England ), which was near an R.A.F bomber airfield. He watched men climb into the aircraft and take off for operations to occupied Europe.
After the war, Spencer Dunmore spent two years in the R.A.F. as a Radar Operator. He flew missions during the Berlin Airlift in 1948. He moved to Canada in 1956 and later got his pilot's licence there. He first worked as a Fuller Brush door - to - door salesman, but he eventually went to work in the advertising department for Great - West Life Insurance and sold some stories to the CBC.
He came to Stelco in 1963. He served as chief of creative services and co - ordinated a number of Stelco periodicals, plus corporate reports. He became advertising manager in 1989. Stelco shut down the department in November 1990 for economic reasons.
His first book was the novel Bomb Run ( 1971 ) and detailed the efforts of an R.A.F. Lancaster crew in 1944 returning from their final bombing mission over Berlin, trying to avoid a determined Luftwaffe fighter pilot. Spencer Dunmore's works include Collision ( 1974 ), Sound of Wings ( 1984 ), Wings for Victory ( 1994 ), In Great Waters : The Epic Story of the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939 - 45 ( 1999 ), Undaunted : Long - Distance Flyers in the Golden Age of Aviation ( 2004 ).
( sources : The Hamilton Spectator, www.goodreads.com )