Wildman—The Incredible Story of Corsair Ace Chris Magee

Taken around the beginning of October 1943, this photo shows a very tired and war weary Black Sheep squadron in the Russell Island group. They have just lost one fellow pilot, while four others are MIA or recovering from wounds in hospital. Back Row, from left: John Begert, Bob Bragdon, Don Fisher, Bruce Matheson, Jim Hill, and George Ashmun. Third Row, from left: Chris Magee, Don Moore, Hank Bourgeois, Burney Tucker, Warren Emrich, and John Bolt. Second Row, from left: Paul Mullen, Bill Heier, Virgil Ray, Ed Harper, Bob McClurg, and Sandy Sims. Front row, from left: Bill Case, Frank Walton, Stan Bailey, Greg Boyington, Jim Reames (the flight surgeon), and Ed Olander. Photo: Frank Walton Collection, Colourization by We, the People Restoration and Colorization

By Dave O’Malley of Vintage Wings of Canada

Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators

Christopher Lyman Magee was, like his cousin John Gillespie Magee Jr., a poet, intellectual and a fighter pilot trained by the Royal Canadian Air Force, but that’s where their similarities end. While John Magee is known for his extraordinary poem High Flight and for his ultimate sacrifice, Chris Magee’s story took an altogether different path. Follow this link and click on the image below on Vintage Wings of Canada home page to read about one of the most interesting characters of the Second World War, Chris “Wildman” Magee.


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