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ID
b155
Title
"The Beginning of Things."
Genre
Story
Page Count
7
Word Count
1720
Publisher
Argosy (UK)
News Chronicle
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
First-Person Narratives
Flying Officer X Byline
Topics
Pilots, War

A "Flying Officer X" tale of a twenty-year-old pilot, McAlister, who is shot down, loses his arm, and then flies solo again.

The character of McAlister is based on the charismatic Squadron Leader of the No. 1 Squadron Fighter Command at RAF Tangmere, James MacLachlan (DSO, DFC and two bars). 'Mac' lost his left arm in an encounter over Malta but, with the aid of an artificial limb, was back flying in just over two weeks. MacLachlan also appears as Anderson in "There's Something in the Air." and in the non-fiction essay "The First Squadron"

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