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Dave Dawson at Dunkirk by Robert Sydney Bowen

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DAVE DAWSON AT DUNKIRK

by R. SIDNEY BOWEN

THE WAR ADVENTURE SERIES

THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING COMPANY AKRON, OHIO NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1941, BY CROWN PUBLISHERS

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I HITLER GIVES THE ORDER! 11

II DIVING DOOM 21

III DAVE MEETS FREDDY FARMER 34

IV PRISONERS OF WAR! 45

V IN THE ENEMY'S CAMP 55

VI THEY'LL NEVER BEAT US! 66

VII SHOOT! 77

VIII ESCAPE! 88

IX A DESPERATE MISSION 102

X TRAPPED IN WAR SKIES! 115

XI FIGHTING HEARTS 130

XII IN THE NICK OF TIME 148

XIII BOMBS FOR NAMUR 160

XIV ORDERS FROM HEADQUARTERS 172

XV BELGIUM GIVES UP! 186

XVI FATE LAUGHS AT LAST 199

XVII THUNDER IN THE WEST 215

XVIII WINGS OF DOOM 227

XIX THE WHITE CLIFFS! 241

CHAPTER ONE

Hitler Gives The Order!

The first thing Dave Dawson saw when he woke up was the combination clock and calendar on the little table beside his bed. He stared at it sleepy eyed and tried to remember why he had put it where he would see it the very first thing when he opened his eyes. He knew there was some reason, an important one, but for the life of him he couldn't remember.

He struggled with the problem for a moment or two and then sat up in bed and glanced about the room. For one brief second the unfamiliar sight startled him. Then he realized where he was and grinned broadly. Sure enough! This was his room in the Hotel de Ney in Paris, France. This was just a little part of the wonderful dream that had really come true!

The "dream" had begun two weeks ago. It had begun with the thundering roar of the Dixie Clipper's four engines that had lifted Dave and his father from the waters of Port Washington Bay, Long Island, on the first leg of the flight across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal. His father had been sent to Europe on a government mission, and after much coaxing and pleading had consented to take Dave along. The thrill of a lifetime, and during every minute of these last two weeks Dave Dawson had been living in a very special kind of Seventh Heaven.

To fly to a Europe at peace was something, but to fly to a Europe at war was something extra special. It was a trip a fellow would remember all the days of his life. It was an adventure that he'd tell his grandchildren all about some day. The Clipper roaring to a landing at Bermuda, then on to the Azores, and then farther eastward to Lisbon. The train journey across Portugal to Spain, then up across Spain and over the Pyrenees into France. Finally on to Paris and all the beautiful things that beautiful city had to offer.

Not all of the things, however, had been beautiful. There were lots of things that were grim looking and made a fellow think a lot. The things of war. True, the war was a long, long ways from Paris. It was far eastward between the great Maginot Line of the French and the Siegfried Line of Adolf Hitler's Nazi legions. There it had remained for eight months, now, and people were saying that there it would remain. Hitler would never dare attack the Maginot Line, and eventually the war would just peter out... Continue reading book >>




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