T. S. Kilpatrick CBE was born in Lanarkshire in 1912 and educated at Coatham School in North Yorkshire and Jesus College, Oxford. This is the story of his war years, telling how his school got him into Oxford where he became a member of the University Air Squadron, which in turn got him a direct commission in the Royal Air Force at the beginning of World War II. He had a distinguished career in the iron and steel industry, during which he kept up his love of flying when he persuaded his company to use executive aircraft for travel. The award of the CBE in 1982 was in recognition of his work as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for Foundries. This book has been written for his numerous (seventeen in 1991) grandchildren and great-grand- children (one in 1991) to read when they are old enough to be interested.