Author Archives: Barbara Vickers

“The Restless Years” | Chapter 3 | “Surviving Victory”

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3, “The Restless Years” (pages 46-49) of “Surviving Victory” In those days, Route 66 was exactly that – a route, nothing more.  A collection of roads tied together by highway signs and dubbed … Continue reading

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“Lost in the Snow” | Chapter 6 | “Surviving Victory”

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Lost in the Snow” (pages 105-109) of “Surviving Victory” I circled over the “bergs” for maybe ten minutes, totally enthralled, before reluctantly pealing off toward the mainland.  And then I saw them … Continue reading

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“The Long Awaited Moment” | Chapter 8 | “Surviving Victory”

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, “The Long Awaited Moment” (pages 156-158) of “Surviving Victory”            With all my jinking around, I had become separated from the squadron and I couldn’t get my port wing up, but she … Continue reading

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Canadian “Airforce Magazine” Review of “Surviving Victory”

Canadian “Airforce Magazine” Review by Vic Johnson, Editor. “During his wartime years as an American fighter pilot in the RCAF, Philip Vickers was known by his birth name, Philip Bockman. “With 102 wartime Spitfire Missions with 443 Sqn in Europe, … Continue reading

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Review by Researcher of WW2 Newfoundland Aviation History

From Darrell Hillier, Researcher of WW2 Newfoundland Aviation History: Philip Vickers was born in Oklahoma and raised during the Great Depression. When his mother died young, Philip was left with an aunt to escape an uncaring and abusive father, whom … Continue reading

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Review by Frank Tibbo of “The Gander Beacon”

From “The Gander Beacon” Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, March 4, 2010 “Surviving Victory” by Frank Tibbo In September 1994, this column featured a story about a Hurricane fighter aircraft that was doing some routine target practice firing at a bull’s eye … Continue reading

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A Tale of Survival: Review by Gary Hebbard

The full text of the review of “Surviving Victory” as originally written by Gary Hebbard follows. It was published in the “Telegram, St. John’s, Newfoundland” and you can view that version at the end of the text. Hebbard is a … Continue reading

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Review in The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre Newsletter

From The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre Newsletter: “Surviving Victory” BOOK REVIEW by Bruce McLeod “Surviving Victory” is an awe inspiring story of a young man overcoming many obstacles to become a successful a fighter pilot during World War II and to … Continue reading

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A “Must Read” Review by The North Atlantic Museum Newsletter

From the North Atlantic Museum Newsletter: “Surviving Victory” by Philip Vickers Book Review – By Jonathan Waterman The late Philip (Bockman) Vickers was a gentleman who survived the trials and tribulations of an abusive father who figured he wouldn’t amount … Continue reading

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Words from Larry Milberry

“Your two volumes are just too good to fade after a few hundred are sold. As a pair they are an award-winner (there’s got to be some sort of award out there).” These words are from Larry Milberry, a member … Continue reading

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