Four Who Dared

Inspiring Stories of Canadian Airmen in the Second World War

By (author): Kenneth B. Cothliff
ISBN 9781772032949
Softcover | Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Book Dimensions: 6 in x 9 in
288 Pages

About the Book

An absorbing testament to the contributions of four brave young Canadian volunteers who flew with British Bomber Command in the Second World War.

More than one million Canadians volunteered to serve in the Second World War—both in the Canadian armed forces and in forces across the British Commonwealth. In Four Who Dared, author and historian Kenneth B. Cothliff lifts four Canadian volunteer pilots out of obscurity, highlighting their personal stories and acts of heroism.

Unknown to each other, the four pilots in this book are forever united in their quest to serve their country and its allies in an hour of need. Reg Lane joined British Bomber Command relatively early in the War, rising from NCO pilot to Master Bomber with the elite Pathfinder Force. Jim Moffat ended his flying combat career after twelve operations, becoming a Resistance fighter on the European mainland. Steve Puskas’s comprehensive diaries and unpublished writings provide extraordinary insight into his training as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, an experience familiar to many Commonwealth and British aircrew. Bill Gracie, a Scot who had immigrated to Canada as a boy. Keen to take up the fight when the war began, he was one of the over ten thousand Canadian Bomber Command aircrew who never returned home. Equal parts riveting and humbling, Four Who Dared is a must-read for anyone interested in delving into the lives and sacrifices of our unsung Canadian heroes.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth B. Cothliff has always been an aviation enthusiast. Adopted at a young age, it was not until adulthood that he uncovered the identity of his birth father, a Canadian airman killed in the Second World War. From that point, Cothliff made it his mission to find out about his father, a search that laid the foundation for this book. Cothliff has organized several Canadian Air Force Reunions, founded the No. 6 (RCAF) Group Bomber Command Association, and is well acquainted with numerous Canadian WWII veterans.


“Four Canadian airmen, four stories filled with drama, excitement, and determination. . . that take us right to the heart of the action.”—Dave Obee, publisher,Times Colonist
“An exhilarating read, a tribute to four courageous young men, and a fine contribution to Canada’s war history."—Ormsby Review