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ID
b162
Title
"A Personal War."
Genre
Story
Page Count
5
Word Count
1090
Publisher
Britain
Royal Air Force Journal
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
First-Person Narratives
Flying Officer X Stories
Topics
Pilots, War

A "Flying Officer X" story about an English pilot, long resident of Texas, who when asked why he has left "the life of a boy's dream: the gun and the notches, the sheriff and the posse, the remote, enormous country," explains that "I was just born with a natural hatred of these swabs. I was born with it and all my life I've been living to work it off...it's a personal argument with me. It's a personal war." In the Royal Air Force Journal (February 7, 1942), The Greatest People in the World and Other Stories (1942), Britain (December 1943), There's Something In The Air (1943), Something In The Air (1944), The Stories of Flying Officer 'X' (1952).