Taxiing the runway on board a Lancaster bomber in Lincolnshire four years ago sparked Vic Jay’s curiosity about his father’s role in the Second World War.
Robert Jay had been a flight engineer with the Mallon crew, so called because their Lancaster bomber was piloted by Flight Sergeant William Mallon.
The New Zealand squadron had four Kiwis and three Brits. One of these Brits was Oxford teenager Denis Eynstone.
Mr Jay, a 69-year-old retired biology teacher from Grimsby in Lincolnshire, began to write an online blog about the crew’s experiences.
The project was mainly so his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren could learn about the heroics of their relative.
But the project snowballed as he began to uncover the crew’s lost stories.
The book, The Mallon Crew, is the product of four years of research and was published last month by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
The 216-page paperback is available for £12.99 on Amazon.