Air Gunners

Fiction - Military
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/04/2014
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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Air Gunners by Tim O’Flynn takes us into the RAF and two gunners that were flying in World War II. Tim O’Leary is an Irishman who meets up with Hal Grainger, an American who comes from the state of New Jersey. They train together in North Yorkshire, England. During gunner training they become friends and partners on the rear guns. Training sees action for them with shooting down some raiders, falling in love and, once they complete training, they marry their girls. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment the friends have, however, is 55 kills of enemy aircraft shared between them.

This is an action packed and amazing story of friendship during a time that was so hard for everyone all over the world. Tim and Hal are friends like you wouldn’t believe. Personally, I found Tim to be the most endearing, but what was truly amazing was their lasting friendship, and how they did so many things together - not the least of which was the heroic shooting down of enemies. There are few things as exciting to me as World War II and the men who flew dangerous missions like this. The book is well written and the detail is amazing; you can tell that Tim O’Flynn put a lot of research into this book to make sure the details were right. If you love a good war and action story that also has a firm angle of love and friendship, you can’t go wrong with this book. This is an incredible story that flows and is presented well. I would recommend it to anyone.

Tim O'Flynn

Hi Kathryn,
I'm delighted that you enjoyed reading Air Gunners and thank you very much for your award of 5 stars.

I enjoyed writing it and doing the research for it. It was a privilege to have met up with some of the men still living who served as air gunners in the RAF during World War II while travelling around the UK and Ireland. They were brave and courageous men who put their lives on the line every time they flew out on operations over Nazi occupied Europe.

As for me coming up with the characters of Hal and Tim, well, what can I tell you only that Hal was a complete figment of my imagination. Tim, however, was a different kettle of fish altogether, because Tim and I are very much alike. In fact you could nearly be safe in saying that the character,Tim O'Leary was based on my own persona.