April 1942 - Roald Dahl in Washington D.C

Washington D.C

April - August 1942

Roald Dahl is posted to Washington and completes his first paid piece of writing.

April - August 1942

April - August 1942

Now aged 26 and no longer able to fly, Roald Dahl is posted to Washington, D.C to join the British Embassy as assistant air attaché. 

In Washington he meets British novelist C.S Forester, who encourages him to write about his experiences in the desert. In August 1942 his first paid piece of writing, based on his time flying Gladiators in Libya, is published anonymously in The Saturday Evening Post as Shot Down Over Libya, later titled A Piece of Cake.

A Piece of Cake appears in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and six more

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