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“A Bad Penny Always Comes Back”

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.

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starCharacter Bios
starSample Pages (PDF)
View pages 1, 8, 17, 23

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Discover the people behind the book

Behind the Scenes

Find out about author Glen Mitchell, illustrator Kristen Gallerneaux and Walkerville Publishing.

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3D paper model designed by Pat Kelly

KIDS: Up, Up and Away! Make Your Own Bad Penny Lancaster Plane!

Pat Kelly of Pat Kelly Model Design in Windsor, Ontario, has created a Clipitz Bad Penny plane for you. To begin simply download the three pages with the Bad Penny model pieces and instructions and then print. You will need scissors, glue and maybe a grownup to help you cut and join in on the fun!

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Kids just can’t get enough of Bad Penny


“A Bad Penny Always Comes Back” is more than the story of an act of kindness during wartime. Glen Mitchell has captured the love between two great nations, Canada and the Netherlands. A bond that is as strong today as it was during the life saving food drops of “Operation Manna” in the final days of WWII.”
S. Michael Beale KTJ
Canadian Historical Aircraft Association

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The Aviation History Online Museum and many others


Great Web links relating to Operation Manna. Canadian aviation history, museums and aviation groups.
Featured link: 65th Anniversary of Food Drop in Holland - April 29th, 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the test flight of Bad Penny.

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