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PostPosted: 20 Oct 2020, 07:19 
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Received from Gail Rosslee

My late father, Captain Chris Rosslee was a SAAF bomber pilot during WW2 and a SAA senior pilot until 1963. He wrote a fascinating book, recounting all his WW2 East African flying adventures. His interactions with all his fellow SAAF and SAA members bring that whole period to life. He drew details from his extensive logbooks.

Post-war, his SAA life brought with it another whole dimension, of commercial flying, and sometimes of life-threatening events.

An intrepid but humble man refuses to allow his background of dyslexia and poverty to decide his future.

Captain Rossleeā€™s career tracks aeronautical history as he captains twenty-seven types of aircraft over thirty years, from Tiger Moths to commercial Jets.

During WW2, as a Ju 86 bomber pilot with the Allied forces, he contends with makeshift maps, primitive instrumentation and limited fuel over the inhospitable East African bush.

He lands the first commercial aircraft at the opening of Heathrow Airport.
Trained to fly the 1953 Comet, doomed to disintegrate mid-air, pure chance keeps him alive.
How does he endure three wartime forced-landings in the devastating African heat, with no fuel, little water and his whereabouts unknown?
Crossing the vast Indian Ocean, two dead engines, the third about to die, he has to find the closest land. And
How does he handle belly-landing a Boeing

If you would like the free excerpt, please email me, Gail, at or go to

How come every time my ship comes in, I'm at the airport?

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