Destined to Live: The Incredible Story of WWII Airman "Wild Bill" Scanlon

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Badger Books Inc., 2001 - Fighter pilots - 147 pages
 

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Contrary to what is mentioned in this book, I cannot locate any information to confirm William Scanlon served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force or Royal Air Force.
The photo of him
sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft on the cover of Destined to Live, is a Fairey Battle - used to train bombing and gunnery students. I checked Mr. Scanlon's RCAF records and discovered he trained as an air gunner at No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School, Lethbridge, Alberta. They used Fairey Battles at Lethbridge, so I would say the photo was taken at Lethbridge when Mr. Scanlon was training as an air gunner - not a pilot.
I cannot find any record that Mr. Scanlon shot down 7 enemy aircraft, nor can I find any record that he flew Spitfires as a pilot in the Middle East as stated in the book. I welcome any information to confirm his 7 (supposed) aerial victories.
The book states he flew with No. 218 (RAF) Squadron. The Operations Record Book for the squadron would confirm this and list his flights with the squadron and any aerial victories.
According to RCAF records, Mr. Scanlon enlisted in the RCAF November 21, 1941 under the surname Quetler - not Scanlon. He came under RAF jurisdiction April 12, 1942, after arriving by ship in England. He was discharged from the RCAF June 1, 1943, joining the USAAF as an air gunner.
W.P. Fydenchuk
www.immigrantsofwar.blogspot.ca
 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
PRELUDE TO AN AMAZING STORY
9
FLYING HORSES
17
CANADIAN COCKPITS
25
CIRCLING BEES
31
NIGHT FLYER
39
AMERICAN AIRMAN
73
RUNNING UNDERGROUND
93
A BROTHERS WAR
109
BACK AGAIN
117
Additional Notes of Interest
127
Bibliography
143
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Kristin Gilpatrick is the author of "The Hero Next Door" series of veteran profiles, "Destined to Live" and "Famous Wisconsin Film Stars."

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