Hidden Hero: Jewish Ace of the Battle of Britain

Author Ted Barris has recently reviewed my work about F/O William Henry Nelson, DFC, in the Royal Air Force in WWII. Nelson was a Canadian Jewish pilot from Montreal who joined the RAF directly in 1937 and served until he was shot down in November 1940. Nelson was recognized as the highest scoring Canadian Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.

Nelson’s story is told in my book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII” (2019).

For the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 2020, I am doing presentations about the Hidden Hero, William Nelson and the other Canadian airmen of Jewish faith who volunteered to help defend Britain from Hitler.

Barris attended my talk for the Aircrew Association of Ontario in mid-July. You can read his review here.

I’ll be doing a talk for the RAF Museum and RAF Association on August 14, 2020 if you wish to tune in live. Please contact me for the Zoom ink.

Many thanks to the Nelson family for their kind cooperation in the research.

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