Galaxy Press to release “The Dive Bomber” by L. Ron Hubbard

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The relation between Hubbard’s story “The Dive Bomber” and the 1941 movie starring Errol Flynn and Fred McMurray.

The Dive Bomber by L. Ron Hubbard

What makes this story all the more entertaining is the connection to the movie of the same name by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Galaxy Press, as part of their continuing six year plan to republish 153 of the fiction stories of L. Ron Hubbard as the Stories from the Golden Age, is now releasing The Dive Bomber, a thrilling air adventure story originally published in July 1937 by Five-Novels Monthly.

    “What makes this story all the more entertaining,” stated John Goodwin President Galaxy Press, “is the connection to the movie of the same name by Warner Bros. Pictures.”

The Dive Bomber, released in 1941, starred Errol Flynn and Fred McMurray. Hubbard later wrote the following in 1980 about this story, “You may get a question from the audience or someone as I don’t think my name is on the subtitles of credit for story. The reason for this is that Warner Bros. shot the whole film and got it in the can before somebody had noticed that they had forgotten to contract with me and pay me for it. They hastily made up for this omission but after the film was released.

“There is an amusing anecdote connected with this: It was just before I shipped out for the South Pacific as a naval officer. I was closing up my New York, Riverside Drive, posh apartment. The phone rang and the head of the Legal Department of the studio’s New York office announced himself. He was very worried and stammeringly informed me that they wanted to see me down at their office right away. Having my hands full of gear I was packing, I demanded to know what it was all about and murder outed. The studio could have been hit for a $ a foot in damages. They made me a very reasonable offer and I said, ‘Sure, great, mail the check to the Explorers Club,’ and he said, ‘Well, don’t you want to come down and sign the contract,’ and I said, ‘Mail it to the Explorers Club with the check’ and he said, ‘Wouldn’t you like to come down right now and have lunch?’ He was feeling very expansive and relieved and I said, ‘No, just mail the check and contract to the Explorers Club, I’m busy.’ And I was and the war lasted for 4 ½ years."

“When it was over, I used the check to take a holiday in the Caribbean. And that’s the story of ‘Dive Bomber.’

“The audience will have the advantage of me; I’ve never seen it. They didn’t have movies where I went.”

The Dive Bomber is the story of famous test pilot Lucky Martin who clashes with a man who wants to sell planes to a foreign power and who will stop at nothing—including sabotage—to destroy Martin and double-cross the US government.

The Dive Bomber is available in print and as unabridged multicast audio wherever books and audiobooks are sold, and on and

For more information on The Dive Bomber and the Stories from the Golden Age, go to or .

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