Cpl Peter Walker's Illustrated Diary of his RAF Service
in India & Burma 1942 - 1946
Locked in a tin trunk for nearly 70 years, my father's memorabilia give a fascinating insight into the life, work and hardships of a 24-year old and others even younger, who had never before left England and who were sent over 5,000 miles to serve their country as RAF ground-crew in the 'Forgotten War' of the Far East.
Having rescued the trunk from a skip when my mother moved house, I found over 500 photographs, diaries, documents and letters including a partially completed Illustrated Diary. As an historian and co-author of several local history books, these treasures aroused my curiosity. After five years of research and corroboration, I have turned these priceless artefacts into an illustrated manuscript which is now ready to go to print.
This is an amazing, true, very personal story (including a long distance romance) which is a valuable contribution to our wartime Social History.
Peter Westlake Walker travelled by troopship around the coast of South Africa and then onto India and Burma, where for four years he served his country in numerous locations, including flying as a cargo handler on dangerous missions over Japanese infested jungles. He even witnessed the surrender of the Japanese in Rangoon and then ended his war in Singapore.
How, after gaining his Pilot's licence in 1939, Peter was found by the RAF to be colour-blind and was sent to maintain the planes rather than to fly them. But he had taken his trusty camera and equipment with him, so remarkably was able to take over 500 photographs of wartime planes and of the Indian sub-continent: a unique photographic archive.
75 years after Peter began his RAF service, his story is now ready to be told, with the artwork complete and copy editing well on its way. We need to complete the publishing process and produce a print-run of hardback books comprising over 60,000 words, 200 photographs and standing at over 200 pages.
But in order to make this step, I am looking for help from the Kickstarter community to fund the £3,000 for the initial print run, shipping, marketing and promotion of this amazing true story with these fascinating photographs. By choosing one of the rewards, you can help bring this book to life.
I would like to think that this personal story will honour my father and all those who fought so bravely in the so-called 'Forgotten War of India & Burma' where tragically thousands of troops died serving their countries.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Risks and challenges
If the project is not funded then the book is in danger of not being printed.
If funded, I would be naive if I said there was no risk. If the copy editor is late completing his work and as a result the printing is delayed then the delivery date could slip. However I have built in a delay factor for my estimated delivery date.
Responding to the Copy Editor's queries by return.
Packaging and distributing the rewards in time: for this all my family will be involved in packaging and delivering the rewards to the carriers.
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