Tag Archives: Gordon C Livingstone

Battling Boneshakers

Issue Number: 5182

They were “wood-and-wire wonders”, these early aircraft of World War One – hard enough to fly, let alone fight in! To make things worse for the pilots of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps, the enemy were quick enough to perfect a gun that fired successfully through the propeller arc of their Fokker Eindeckers.   […]

Sea of Secrets

Issue Number: 5170

When Tim Elder, young and keen, his sub lieutenant’s rank badge shining new, received a posting to the Mediterranean, he found that he had joined a part of the Royal Navy that he knew nothing about. For instance, what was the secret of the grubby fishing vessel that made the Germans determined to sink her? […]

Black Schneider

Issue Number: 5168

For Sergeant Bill Kane this was the last straw. Bill had run up against “Black Schneider” — Nazi Major Schneider and his mobile desert commandos — the most feared striking force in the desert. Schneider squashed Bill’s little force as carelessly as he’d have squashed a beetle under his gleaming black jackboots. A solid year […]

Fighting Civvy

Issue Number: 5166

Bill Carpenter was a civilian, a top salesman for farming machinery who wanted nothing to do with the war. But no-one had told the Germans that, and he found himself caught up in the retreat to Dunkirk. Civvy or not, Bill was forced to fight to survive. And if the Jerries had known how good […]

Death of a U-boat

Issue Number: 5164

To the tough rowdies of the whaling fleets from Greenland to the South Pole, he was just ‘Big Olaf’. Star harpoon-gunner of them all, the ship that had Olaf aboard broke records for whales caught and bonuses paid. Six feet four inches of blonde Norwegian with eyes as icy green as the seas he roved, and […]

Shooting Star

Issue Number: 5140

Rex Barton was a top British film star who had played the hero in film after film. And every time he was a tougher, harder-hitting hero. When the war broke out, he was safe in Hollywood, but a man like Rex couldn’t just sit by and watch it all happen. So he joined the RAF […]

Home Guard Hero

Issue Number: 5126

First they called them the Local Defence Volunteers, but then they became the Home Guard. But the name didn’t matter to the thousands of volunteers aged between sixteen and sixty-five who enrolled in 1940 to help Britain face the Nazi menace. Men like veteran First World War marksman Alec Fraser and his squad. Based on […]

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 […]

They Flew By Night

Issue Number: 5108

Tich Bradbury had never been frightened in his life. His crazy courage was legendary in the RAF aerodrome where he flew Lancs. But suddenly, he did know fear — just because he had volunteered to fly a different bomber on the next mission… for this plane was a legend in the aerodrome too. It was […]

Jinx and Jonah

Issue Number: 5074

In the bitter Battle of the Atlantic, David Collins was thought to be a jinx. If that was true, it was a jinx that could kill his younger brother in the deadly fight with the German U-boats. Story: K. P. MacKenzie Art: Gordon C. Livingstone Cover: Jeff Bevan