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About the Book

In the last days of WWII, seven brave young RAF/RCAF men and their Lancaster, “Bad Penny,”
were chosen for a dangerous mission to help a country in need.

starBook Synopsis
starBackground Story
starCharacter Bios
starSample Pages (PDF)
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bad penny book“A Bad Penny Always Comes Back” Synopsis

In the last days of WWII, seven brave young RCAF men and their Lancaster, “Bad Penny,” were chosen for a dangerous mission to help a country in need.

As in the old expression, “... like a bad penny, it keeps coming back” Bad Penny and her crew returned from their April 29th, 1945 flight over enemy territory to Holland where they “bombed” the Dutch with food bundles. Their successful test run served to launch the Allies' “Operation Manna;” over 11,000 tons of food was dropped in 10 days.

A boy named Peter was one of the many Dutch children saved by Bad Penny and her crew.

First time writer Glen Mitchell has done great justice to this important moment in time with his charming and vibrant children’s book.

Softcover, 32 pages, full colour
$9.99 plus gst (shipping & handling extra)

Official Background Story

The Hunger Year

starDutch Famine of 1944

Operation Manna / Chowhound

starBrief Synopsis
starRadio Operator Remembers

starDutch Treat (Requires Adobe Reader®)
starAbout the Operation Manna logo

Personal Accounts

starBetty Van Deemter
starCarol Kosowan (from the blog Sound Off With Chris Schnurr)

Lancaster Bombers

starAbout Lancaster Bombers
starWindsor’s Own Lancaster Bomber FM 212
starWindsor’s “Bad Penny” on the Move

Bad Penny

starThe Bad Penny Crew

Character Bios

starPeter
starPilot Bob
starStan Jones
starBill Gray

starBill Demo
starBill Walton
starOrval Blower
starJohn Corner