The unique and revealing story of a modest man who made a major contribution.

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"Astonishing Luck" is the oral biography of F/L Howard Leonard Wainman, D.F.C. who flew Beaufighters with the anti-shipping Coastal Command R.C.A.F. 404 "Buffalo" Squadron. The book includes numerous unique photographs, many his actual 'strike' photographs, taken during his 13 'strikes' against enemy shipping between D-Day, June 6, 1944 and the last strike he recorded in his log January 9, 1945. Presented with a great deal of humour through his personal quotes, yet remaining serious in nature, this book of 274 pages has been written as a sincere thank you and tribute to the veterans of WWII.
Howard Wainman with a Float Plane near Orillia, Ontario.Picture of the beafighters attacking ships at Haugesund, Norway, October 1944.

Statement of Purpose:

For the reader to meet my father and grow to admire him.

To facilitate this, envisage yourself accompanying Dad and me on one of our many flying trips to his northern camp. You've packed your bag, caught the 'Beaver' flight in, and are now sitting behind us on the dock soaking up the tranquillity and total silence. When you look over our shoulders you realize Dad has opened his photo album to the first page and is about to relate his life experience while I record our conversation. The loons cry out, the wind rustles the leaves of the birch bow above your head, and the hot cup of coffee you're holding feels warm and comforting in your hand - all welcoming you to our sanctuary.

With a smile and a deep breath Dad begins his first hand account.

"Astonishing luck!"

The unique and revealing story of

a modest man who made a major contribution

a biography of Howard Leonard Wainman, 1916-2003
/ by Guy Partington Wainman 1949-

PUBLISHER: Orillia, Ont. : Wendalsam Enterprises, c2008.
DESCRIPTION: 274 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., ports. ; 28 cm.
Includes bibliographical references: p. 271.

Also available in audio DVD format.

NUMBERS: Canadiana: 20089013069
ISBN: 9780980943306 : $40.00
LC Call no.: D811 W242 2008
Dewey: 940.54/4971092 22

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  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Canadian
  • Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force--Biography
  • Fighter pilots--Canada--Biography
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Canadian
  • Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945--Opérations aériennes canadiennes
  • Canada. Aviation royale--Biographies
  • Pilotes de chasse--Canada--Biographies
  • Guerre mondiale, 1939-1945--Récits personnels canadiens