Freedom in the Air (Hardback)

Aviation History Books World War Two Aviation Aviation Memoirs

By Hamish Ross
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781844155903
Published: 15th August 2007


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Freedom in the Air is the inspiring story of a Czech airman, Vaclav Robert Bozdech, and the Alsatian dog, Antis, that flew with him in Bomber Command during WWII. Field Marshall Wavell later pinned the ribbon of the PDSA’s Dickin Medal, the animals’ Victoria Cross, to Antis’ collar for courage and outstanding service.

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The author Hamish Ross has used interviews, private papers, archive material and Bozdech’s own writings to craft an inspiring story. It deals with a little known aspect of the war, the Czechoslovakian contribution to the RAF, and weaves together the events in Czechoslovakia alongside the moving story of one man’s relationship with a very special animal. The timeless themes of loyalty, separation, and ultimately, loss, are dealt with in a dignified and sincere manner without undue sentimentalism. Nonetheless, although Bozdech’s life, and the events in Czechoslovakia, are interesting, the star is most definitely Antis.

Sqn Ldr Paul Scott for Spirit of the Air

He was the most wonderful, staunch, courageous dog and the love between him and his master is truly awesome. And I defy anybody not to be moved by this story.

Jilly Cooper
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