Local Author Peter Usher will speak at the Almonte Public Library on Thursday May 24 at 7:00pm about his book entitled Joey Jacobson’s War.
In the spring of 1940, Canada began training thousands of young men to man Britain’s bomber force in the war against Nazi Germany. Nearly half of them were killed or captured within a year of their arrival. This is the story of how one of those men, Joey Jacobson, was transformed from a raw recruit to a deadly serious yet idealistic warrior.
From letters and diaries, the author has pieced together an account of why he enlisted, his training as a navigator and bomb-aimer in Western Canada, and his service in Bomber Command at the sharp end of the air war over Europe. Joey Jacobson’s War also relates how the fatal crash of his aircraft in Holland in January 1942 galvanized local resistance to the German occupation.
Some have asked author Peter Usher if his book is a work of fiction. It is not. “It is at once biography, social history, and military history, based on my research in Canada, England, and the Netherlands. I have set Joey’s account in the context of the early war years in Canada and England, and of Bomber Command’s operations at that time. Nearly 10,000 Canadians died serving in Bomber Command. Joey Jacobson’s story is also their story. He did not survive to write a war memoir, but his personal account, written in the moment, brings Canada’s war-time experience to life.”
“Well written, well researched, and well organized, Joey Jacobson’s War is a splendid account of a young Jewish airman’s war. His letters and diaries—and his father’s—offer great insight into the early years of the war and much on public opinion in Canada from 1939 until Joey’s death in action. Peter Usher has done a fine job.” – J.L. Granatstein, author of Canada’s War