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Herschel McKee's remarkable life story reads like that of a comic-book hero.
A daredevil, a leader of men and, above all, a survivor, McKee fought in both World Wars, suffering numerous skirmishes with death. His colourful life included spells as a Foreign Legion soldier, fighter-pilot ace with the elite Lafayette Flying Corps, prisoner-of-war escapee, racing driver, WWII bomber-wing commander and test pilot.
His amazing resilience led to him being nicknamed 'The Man Who Would Not Die' while he was still alive.
Written in a lively, engaging style, here is the true story of an extraordinary man.
About the Author
Dr Stephen Olvey is a surgeon at the University of Miami Hospital, Florida, where his wife Lynne also works. The subject of this book is Lynne's grandfather. Dr Olvey is the author of Haynes' warmly received Rapid Response, his compelling, funny and sometimes tragic memoir of 40 years as a top motor racing medic.
|Author's Preface||p. 6|
|Part I - World War One||p. 11|
|1. Downed Over Germany||p. 12|
|2. A Daredevil Is Born||p. 14|
|3. Leaving Home||p. 19|
|4. The Lafayetter Flying Corps||p. 25|
|5. Incarceration||p. 37|
|Part II - The Speedway Years||p. 43|
|6. A Lifestyle Emerges||p. 44|
|7. Marriage||p. 53|
|8. Board Track Racing and a Love Lost||p. 61|
|9. Success at Long Last||p. 76|
|10. The Good Life||p. 80|
|11. Death Too Close to Home||p. 88|
|12. Charmed||p. 94|
|13. The Luck Runs Out||p.107|
|14. Will He Ever Learn?||p.118|
|15. Tong Wars and the Parachute Plane||p.121|
|16. 'Death Drivers' and Marriage #2||p.137|
|17. A Real Job||p.149|
|18. Viola, a Mistake, and Marriage #3||p.153|
|Part III - World War Two||p.167|
|19. The Annulment||p.168|
|20. War Looms; Mckee Waits||p.178|
|21. Off to War Again||p.184|
|22. Welcome to the 44th||p.190|
|23. Adversity Forges a Strange Relationship||p.199|
|24. Life at Shipdham||p.211|
|25. Discovering Scottish Roots and Off to Africa||p.220|
|26. Operation Tidal Wave||p.232|
|28. Bombs Over Normandy and Marriage #4||p.247|
|29. The War Ends||p.257|
|Part IV - After The War||p.261|
|30. Does the Child Ever Leave the Man>'||p.262|
|31. Undercover in Miami||p.266|
|32. The Failed Invasion||p.278|
|33. Reality at Home and Return to Miami||p.281|
|34. Good Thing in a Small Package||p.287|
|35. Journey's End||p.289|
|36. God Speed||p.294|
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th November 2008
Publisher: HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.567