Joins RAF

-November 1939-

Following the outbreak of World War Two, Roald Dahl joins the Royal Air Force (RAF)

November 1939

-November 1939-

Following the outbreak of World War Two, Roald Dahl leaves Shell and heads to Nairobi to enlist in the Royal Air Force (RAF). He is 23 years old.

In Nairobi he learns to fly a Tiger Moth plane, training alongside 15 other men of a similar age. In Going Solo he writes: "It is a fact, and I verified it carefully later, that out of those sixteen, no fewer than thirteen were killed in the air within the next two years."

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