Saturday, January 31, 2015



Wings is a stirring, cross-generational account of the love of flying inspired by the true story of Walt, a WWII RAF pilot, and his grandson Scott who has his sights set on becoming a modern day airline pilot. Wings weaves together two tales: one set in war-torn northern England, and the other set in the modern-day Illawarra region of New South Wales. As Scott learns about the sacrifices and difficulties Walt overcame to take to the sky, he battles his own challenges in order to follow his dream. As Scott progresses, his grandfather declines – Walt loses his wife, his sight and his hearing – but throughout these difficulties is still there to offer support and encouragement. In following Scott's progress towards his dream, Walt also keeps alive the wonder of his own youth. With insights into the modern day aviation scene and life in the Royal Air Force of World War II, this is a must for anyone who has an interest in history, aviation or simply an old fashioned love story.

He finished just before darkness set in, and with his younger brother Edward tagging eagerly along, he took the bike to the top of a nearby hill. He pushed off, and gathered speed rapidly. Before long he was flying down the hill in the near darkness, bumping and lurching crazily from side to side. Walt let out an involuntary scream of delight, exhilarated by the feel of the rushing air in his face. He took a hand off the handlebars, punching the air in triumph.
As he reached the flat, a figure suddenly materialised in front of him. With a muttered oath, the shadow leapt off the road. Walt turned his wooden handle bars sharply in the other direction. The sudden change in direction proved too much for him to manage with one hand, and he flew off the bike.
“I see you got your bike working,” was Ted’s icy observation as he picked himself up from the side of the road.
Walt dusted himself off. His knee was stinging, but he knew he’d get no sympathy so didn’t mention it. “Yes, isn’t it great? That was my first ride,” he exclaimed excitedly.
“Well since it’s now dark I think it’s also your last ride of the day.”
“What do you think of the bike?” asked Walt.
Ted inspected it critically. “It looks like you’ve done a good job, son.”
Walt grinned. The adrenalin generated by the rapid descent was still coursing through his veins; the praise from his father only served to add to his sense of accomplishment and excitement.
As they picked up the bike, Edward came running down the hill. “You flew like a bird, Wally! Can I have a turn now?”
Ted smiled. “Not tonight, Edward. It’s too dark. But tomorrow is Saturday, so I’m sure there’ll be plenty of time then.”



Two men, two times and two love stories. War and generations of determination after the war. Except for the planes, this is the story of my childhood. Pete Abela is a unique author that sticks to the point and doesn't try to be a war historian or relive "Top Gun." 

The Johnsons are a very admirable family and some might say that Walt and his grandson Scott sound too good to be true...but there were families like this on all sides of the war that went on to become generations of strength...both the men and the women. This book gives many glimpses of the long haul that took place in the UK and I would like to learn more about this side of history (not something we talk about much here in The States).

This is the story of a grandfather and his grandson and there determination to fly planes though all the odds say it can't be allowed.

“I have to be able to follow my dreams though, Dad,” argued Scott.
“I’m eighteen years old. If I have to give up my dreams at this stage of life, what is there to look forward to?
---Valuable advice to parents. Let your children do their own soaring.

This is my Father during World War II and that is his wife's name on his case his body needed to be identified. And later in life, he looked like he had big, tough tattoos...but they were in case his body needed to be identified. His family was depending on him to get home and he couldn't get drafted and frontlined, so he enlisted. My Father made it back and taught several more generations the meaning of Strength....
so, read "Wings" for a true picture of how a family ought to be!



Pete heralds from the city of Wollongong, just south of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia, where he lives with his wife and four kids. His love of reading eventually led him to take up writing, a difficult task which presents rewards and challenges in equal measure. A Painted Room is Pete’s second book, and follows his debut novel, Wings (2012).

When he’s not working, reading, writing or enjoying the company of his family, Pete likes to sneak away for a bit of exercise – either tennis, golf or a refreshing swim.

You can find more about Pete at his website and blog ( The blog contains a number of bad jokes and puns. You have been warned.

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