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The Man Who Would Not Die : The Remarkable Story of 'Lucky' Herschel McKee - Barnstormer, War Hero, Test Pilot, Motor Racer, Scoundrel - Stephen Olvey

The Man Who Would Not Die

The Remarkable Story of 'Lucky' Herschel McKee - Barnstormer, War Hero, Test Pilot, Motor Racer, Scoundrel

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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
Prologue p. 9
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
27. "Lucky" p.242
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
Postscript p.298
Index p.299
Epitaph p.304

ISBN: 9781844255108
ISBN-10: 1844255107
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th November 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.567