- Mass Market Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books (July 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553147102
- ISBN-13: 978-0553147100
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tale of a Guinea Pig Mass Market Paperback – July, 1981
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Bantam Books (August 1981). Paperback. Personal Drama of an R.A.F. fighter pilot in air combat. Specially illustrated Edition.
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Page was shot down and badly burned especially on his hands and face. He spent 2 years in hospital undergoing many operations. Though told repeatedly by his doctors he was through flying, he overcame their objections as well as his own terrible fears to fly again. He did so largely by being driven particularly by hatred and a desire for revenge, blaming the Germans for his suffering.
As noted above, this is not really a story of air combat though, that is there, it is the story of a different kind of courage, the kind that overcame things like people turning away in horror at his burned and scarred appearance, the suffering of years of surgeries and repeated operations to rebuild his face and hands. Many who repeatedly climbed into the planes and faced deadly combat w/out a whimper fell short of the kind of courage this required. W/Cdr. Page had enough of both kinds. This is his story of overcoming all obstructions in his path and the personal sickness it brought from the embattled skies to romance in Hollywood.
Parents may want to know Page makes a number of references to over night encounters with women though there are of course no details or particulars of those "encounters." As was true of many combat soldiers, the war robbed page of the ability to enjoy more positive feelings leaving him largely capable for a time of only satisfying purely physical needs. But, he was able to overcome even that in the end.
One last thing worth noting, the "about the author" paragraphs at the end of the book appear to be in error describing somebody of a different name and background than W/Cdr. Page.
All in all, a book well worth reading.
A good book worth reading, if you can find a copy.
Page rewrote the book into "Shot Down in Flames." I haven't read it.