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A fighter Pilot in Burma 1941-1945

by KitBurma

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Alan Kitley
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England, Canada, Burma, India.
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Royal Air Force
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09 November 2003

My father has written and had published last month, (October 2003) his war memoirs. The following is the 'blurb' on the cover. I enter it here to give others the oportunity of finding out more, but I don't understand exactly how this site works and how people can contact me? I have already entered this somewhere else on the site but I can find it now!!

Take Mary to the Pictures.
A fighter Pilot in Burma 1941-1945.

January 1942; a squadron of Hurricanes fly from Egypt to Rangoon to reinforce the defence of Burma; in 6 weeks they had been shot out of the sky and Burma has been overrun. There follows three and a half years of fighting a ruthless enemy before Burma is re-gained and Japan surrenders.

The author was there from the start and tells of the bravery and determination to fight back and win of those with whom he flew. No punches are pulled in making reference to those who endangered their colleagues with low standards of performance and leadership. Descriptions of the many types of operational missions flown, and the hazards faced by inexperienced pilots operating from jungle strips in monsoon weather with no navigation aids, adds colour to what is an authentic story of courage and adventure.

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Message 1 - A Fighter Pilot in Burma

Posted on: 30 January 2004 by kirtley

Sounds like an interesting Book.

Where can one buy a copy


( Another fighterpilot who flew over Burma

Message 1 - RAF in Burma

Posted on: 16 February 2005 by familysleuth

My father was with the RAF in Burma as a mechanic servicing the planes. He would never talk about it. I would like to read the book Take Mary to the Pictures A Fighter Pilot in Burma 1941-1945. How can I get a copy?

Message 1 - 136 Squadron

Posted on: 02 December 2005 by franticleader

Dear KitBurma

My father was Connie( Gordon Conway) who flew with your Dad, Kit Kitley with The Woodpeckers, 136 Fighter Squadron in India and Burma.

I too have been entering some tales about Dad and his fellow Woodpeckers for posterity on this site.

Unfortunately I only discovered this site in August and am running out of time but hope to add some more before Christmas. If you would like to read what I have written, do search under 'Conway, 136 Squadron The Woodpeckers.'

Do get in touch and please send my best regards to your father.

Yours sincerely

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