Fighting High Books
A Thunder Bird in Bomber Command
The Wartime Letters and Story of Lionel Anderson, the Man Who Inspired a Legend
Foreword by Shane Rimmer
Hardback - 200pp - 234 x 156mm. Approx 30 black and white photographs.
World Rights - Fighting High Ltd. ISBN - 978-0-9926207-7-6.
A prolific letter writer, Lionel continually regaled his parents with tales of cowboys and indians, rattlesnakes and spiders, ground loops and near misses. He also talked of his Hollywood connections, his new ‘pals’ Preston Foster and Gene Tierney, and a movie in which he had ‘starred’ as an ‘extra’.
In A Thunder Bird in Bomber Command, acclaimed military aviation historian Sean Feast pieces together Lionel’s story revealing a young man dearly loved by his mother and father. He was similarly worshipped by his younger brother, Gerald, who would go on to become a world renowned television producer, director, and writer. It was Lionel’s connection with a little-known film that was to inspire Gerry Anderson to create a global phenomena - the legend of Thunderbirds.