Review by Michael D Booker
FROM DOGFIGHT TO DIPLOMACY
Author: Donald Mac Donell
Edited By: Lois Mac Donell and Anne Mackay
& Sword Military
an imprint of
Pen & Sword Books Limited
47 Church Street
South Yorkshire S70 2AS
ISBN: 1 84415 3207
Published in 2005
UK Price: £19.99
is a fascinating book that provides enjoyable reading for
those interested in both the pre and post- war RAF. This splendid
biography covers the fascinating story of Donald Mac Donell,
a man who served in the RAF from 1932 through to 1964. A truly
remarkable career, that covered a pre-war detachment with
the Fleet Air Arm in the Middle East and Malta, before moving
on and flying Spitfires in the Battle of Britain. With a DFC
to his credit, his luck unfortunately ran out when he was
shot down over the English Channel, however a combination
of both fortune and mis-fortune followed, when he was rescued
by a U-Boat, only to spend a lengthy period in a POW Camp.
There, he was involved in the famous “Wooden Horse”
escape, before being freed by the advancing Russian troops.
He returned to the UK and spent time in the Cabinet Office,
before being appointed Chief Flying Instructor at Cranwell.
In later years, he was to meet a number of legendary world
famous leaders, when he served as Air Attache in Moscow.
hardship, bravery and dogged determination have been joined
together to produce a thoroughly interesting volume. Dogfight
To Diplomacy is certainly a most fitting title for this excellent
publication, which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.