Victoria, Australia (PRWEB) September 23, 2012
Leslie Theodore Streete was a capable young man, a successful fighter pilot and a Flying Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. Upon his return to Australia at the end of WW2, he should have enjoyed a triumphant homecoming, but bad memories troubled him. For over 60 years, he locked away the whole record of the years 1943-1945. Chancing upon author Peter R. Fitton gave Streete the opportunity to bring closure to that harrowing chapter in his life and finally tell his story in his new book, Never Been Hit.
Never Been Hit is the remarkable story of a young Australian, a country boy from New South Wales. He was one of the many thousands who journeyed to Canada to train as a fighter pilot. He was good, very good, finally joining 66 Squadron RAF in Belgium at the end of November 1944.
The German High Command was desperate. They needed fuel and more time, believing their Vengeance Weapons could still turn the tide of the war in their favor. From numerous bases they were firing thousands of V1 flying bombs and V2 rockets against targets in Britain and Holland. In the bitterly cold winter of 1944 came the Battle of the Bulge, a massive surprise attack against the Western Allies. Their lines crumpled but did not break. They fell back, held the line, and then slowly moved forward.
Winter gave way to spring. The snows began to thaw and the skies to clear. With the weather improving, came the reckoning. The Russian Armies were advancing relentlessly from the East. In the West, the Allies had amassed a mighty invasion force. It crossed the Rhine and surged forward. The war ravaged and depleted Germany could not stand in the face of this onslaught. It was a country facing total chaos and defeat. Our young Australian was caught up in this frantic drive to victory.
Complete with details of his combat experience, flight training details, photographs of aircraft, campaign maps and much else, Never Been Hit not only brings peace to Les Streete, but presents our generation with a most extraordinary war memoir.
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About the Author
Peter Fitton lives in Melbourne. Peter has had a lifelong interest in aviation and holds an Australian private pilots’ licence. Never Been Hit is his first book. Writing it has been a challenge for Peter as well as a privilege. Peter believes that World War II produced many ‘Les Streetes’. His story is not all that rare. There were thousands of brave young men who fought the good fight. But Les left a detailed record that Peter was able to sift through in order to create this story.
Like most fighting men and women of their time, Les knew little of the wider conflict. His task was to carry out orders. But Peter has placed the exploits of Les Streete and his Squadron into the strategic picture of the war in Europe. 66 Squadron RAF was one of the first British squadrons to be based on the Continent following D-Day and it served with distinction until the end of the War in Europe.
Peter has been humbled by the experience of writing about an Australian fighter pilot, especially one so deserving as Les Streete. He hopes current and future generations can marvel at the dedication and sacrifice of people like Les Streete as Australia moves forward into the 21st century.
Never Been Hit * by Peter R. Fitton
Quite A Story
Publication Date: July 6, 2012
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