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Travels with Churchill

A World War II flight engineer dishes on the most “I” of the VIPs he flew with.

By Graham Chandler

Winston Churchill was anxious to leave the country. It was July 1942, and he wanted to go to Cairo and Moscow to confer with his generals and with Soviet leader Josef Stalin, but the pilot assigned to fly him urged caution. “I’d like…a bad night to get out of England to go to Gibraltar,” William J. Vanderkloot told the British prime minister. Years later, he explained to his son, Bill, “I didn’t want to get shot down over England.” Read more…

©Graham Chandler, July 01, 2009. All rights reserved.

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