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Bomber Jack

Valerie has written this well-received book about her father Jack Ashton. She has also prepared a talk based on the book. Note that this talk is particularly well suited for presentation around Remembrance Day or on cruises to North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

This book tells the story of one man's life - centred around his experiences as a bomber pilot in the Second World War. His life is set in a historical context alongside the major events of the war. Jack trained in Canada and later completed 71 operations in North Africa, Sicily and  Italy flying the Douglas Boston light bomber.

The story is told in his own words and is illustrated with many photographs, some from Bomber Jack's own wartime album.

Jack flew many of the most well-known aircraft of World War II - the Tiger Moth, Oxford, Hotspur, Hart, Hind, Hector, Audax, Lysander III, Master II, Blenheim I & IV, Havoc, Boston III, IIIA & IV, Anson and Dominee.

He served at many RAF stations including Padgate, Manston, Babbacombe, Newquay, Wilmslow, Bournemouth, Hastings, Weston-on-the-Green, Kidlington, Shrewton, Shobodon, Hullavington, Bicester, Turweston, Finmere, Portreath, Harwell and Middleton-St-George.

The book is published by Valerie under her maiden name of Ashton. For an autographed copy please send a cheque for £15 (made payable to V. Calderbank) to:

Valerie Calderbank
2 Morlands
East Hanney
OX12 0JW

Tel: 01235 868510 
Email: valmikec@googlemail.com

Alternatively the book can be obtained from the online bookseller Lulu:- http://www.lulu.com/uk/

"I greatly enjoyed your splendid book and was impressed by the way in which you subtly brought out your father's character through his own words. I felt I knew him quite well by the end. I also appreciated the commentary on what was going on elsewhere in the war; it helped put the Italy campaign in the bigger picture."
- Air Marshal Sir Roger Austin

"You had the foresight to record your father's contribution to posterity in this well researched and fascinating book. When I fly from the present day RAF Weston-on-the-Green, where Jack trained as a glider pilot in 1942, the bravery of the aircrew who fought in those dark days to determine our destiny remains a constant inspiration. Your book brings it all to life."
- Wing Commander Michael Westwood

"Brilliant and very warm-hearted and evocative. I like the way you take time out to explain job processes, aircraft etc, and not just assume the reader 'knows'. I really, really enjoyed it. A great tribute to your Dad, but actually all of you."
- Stephen Done, author of the Inspector Vignoles mysteries.

"Congratulations on the completion of your book, Bomber Jack. I read with great interest of your father's achievements, both in his many operations in Italy and also his crucial role in training many within the Airborne Division."
- Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture. MP