July 1st, 2009

74 Squadron Spitfire

A Real Embarrassment of Riches

I'm jealous of those rapid readers who post, "I just finished reading (add your own 1000 page tome)." I'm a slow reader. I don't know how the hell I got through medical school. But then, I couldn't hear the murmurs that the future cardiologists heard, whether they were there or not... you know the Grade 0.3/5 pre-diastolic murmur limited to the apex (when the humidity isn't too high!)

Well today, the ship came in! My friend, John Freeborn, whom I met indirectly via the internet, sent me a new book that was published about him: "Tiger Cub," a 74 Squadron Filghter Pilot in World War II," by Christopher Yeoman and John. John is a surviving Spitfire ace of the Battle of Britain, and this book will be treasured. I hope, but I know I won't, learn more about Barking Creek. I see that another acquaintance, Wilf Critchley, is credited with compiling an extensive list of the planes John flew. In his day, and well beyond his day, he was credited with being quite a lady's man, but those victories will not be recounted. He did not think much of Lana Turner, I will tell you that.

If this wasn't enough, 2 books from Amazon arrived at the same time: "Shattered Sword, " The untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully (2005), and "Beyon Pearl Harbor," the Untold Stories of Japan's Naval Airmen, by Ron Werneth (2008)

So, sometime in 2011, I'll acknowledge having completed all three. I'm almost finished with my book on Midway written by the moderator of the Battle of Midway Roundtable Ronald W. Russell: "No Right to Win". Very Highly recommended with about 30 pages to go. Think of this as a play by play. Ever since I complete Dick and Jane, I've been celebrating the end of every book. Particularly, Grey"s Anatomy.... which I never did read. That's for surgeons!