Ulrich Steinhilper flew his missions over the North Sea from the beginning of August 1939 to 27 October 1940 and was based on the Coquelles near Calais. These are approximately 80 days with conditions which were very primary and simple. Living this life combined with the stress, anxiety and fatigue caused by many pilots ‘Kanalkrankheit’. This ‘Sickness’ ensured that lots of pilots under the guise of ‘faults on the aircraft’ or ‘pain in their stomach’ left the battlefield early and returned to their base, to a hospital or even Germany. The author vividly describes what happened in his last mission, his 150th, when he was shot down. He was captured and became a Prisoner of War. He was transferred to Canada and the USA where he managed to escape several times.
The book has a bookplate signed by the author