The Irish Connection

ISBN 1-903953-47-2
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by Jutta Tyler
Historical fiction based on real-life following an Irish doctor's activities during World War 2 including treating both British and German casualties of the Battle of the Atlantic.

The inspiring story of an Irish doctor who becomes an angel of mercy for men on both sides in the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. The Republic of Ireland's neutrality gives him the freedom to treat both British and German war casualties he encounters with equal compassion, which in turn leads to strong friendships forming between former enemies...

Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, Dr Brendan Kane qualifies in London as a surgeon. He returns to his native County Donegal, where he hopes to marry and settle down, serving his local community.

Although his country is neutral during the war, the Irish Government agrees to the use of a ‘corridor’ which considerably shortens the flying time for RAF  flying boats operating in the Battle of the Atlantic, thus extending their range and endurance.

After taking off from Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, by following the River Erne for only ten miles, Catalina and Sunderland flying boats of the RAF can reach the Atlantic in minutes instead of a long journey around the coast.

The aircraft do not always return safely  from their patrols and Dr Kane often visits crash sites and tends the wounded  but he also gives medical aid to German U-Boat personnel in distress after being attacked by the flying boats.

Unexpected friendships develop  between the doctor and the men he saves  from both sides of the conflict  and these friendships and deepen as the war draws to a close, some of which will continue long after the hostilities are over.

Born and raised in Berlin, Jutta Tyler met and fell in love with an RAF airman during the postwar Berlin Airlift. They remain married to this day and live in Ireland.