Author Archives: kmcauliffe

Murder in the Clouds

Issue Number: 5122

High over the Channel coasts of England and France, American and British pilots diced with death every day as they took on Hitler’s Luftwaffe. But then, as well as the losses they all saw with their own eyes, other Allied planes began to be mysteriously shot down and a terrible thought occurred to the Allied […]

Mutiny Island

Issue Number: 5121

Haruki Murakami, of the Imperial Navy Air Service, and Josh Croydon, of the Royal New Zealand Air force, duelled in the bright blue skies above the Pacific Ocean. The war was nearing its end, but Haruki’s Mitsubishi Zero Type 0 model 52 and Josh’s Vought F4U Corsair fought on like clashing eagles – until a […]

Day of Danger

Issue Number: 5120

The Luftwaffe ground crews standing around the German drome gazed upwards in amazement. There, above them, a Royal Air Force Mosquito was circling, undercarriage and flaps down, preparing to make a landing. It looked like a crafty trick of some kind – but no! The Mosquito touched down and rolled to a standstill. The pilot […]

The Wren and the Eagle

Issue Number: 5119

For the Marshall family, the navy was in their blood. Roderick Marshall was a Rear Admiral; his son Norman was a Lieutenant… so it was only natural when his daughter Judith signed up for the WRNS. Judith wanted freedom and excitement. She wanted to do her part for her country and fight against the Germans […]

Tunnels of Arras

Issue Number: 5117

By 1916, the Allies had taken a pounding at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Desperate to avoid more unnecessary casualties, a decision was made to embark on one of the largest and most ambitious tunnelling works ever undertaken by the British Army in the First World War. New Zealand diggers, coal miners and […]

To Win Just Once

Issue Number: 5115

Defeat after defeat. That was all the war seemed like to Private Jimmy Wilson. Defeat on the beaches of Gallipoli, defeat in the trenches at Ypres, and an endless daily game of tug of war – gaining, then losing ground again. A crumpled, dog-eared letter made things worse. Harsh, disappointed words about the repeated ANZAC […]

The Waiting Game

Issue Number: 5114

Pilot Officer Bob Barnes was bored. He’d joined the RAF hoping to be a fighter pilot, always in the thick of things. Yet, here he was, a navigator in a Catalina, searching the seemingly endless oceans for U-boats which they never seemed to find. There was none of the action he’d craved, this was more […]

Danger in the Dark

Issue Number: 5113

After the conclusion of explosive events in ‘Danger in the Desert’, secret agent Ned Finch thought he had earned some well-deserved time off. But when he got it, he didn’t expect to be holidaying in Italian-occupied Abyssinia with the very person who he wanted to get away from in the first place – scientist, poet, […]