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Mr Smith explained how he came up with the title of the book and said: “In the summer of 1940 the time of the Battle of Britain mysterious aircraft condensation trails are repeatedly seen over Bermuda. Contrails had never been seen over Bermuda before and are not easily explained.
“Every few days a very highflying aircraft, only detectable by its white contrail, would approach St George’s from the direction of Europe, fly the whole length of the Islands, including the Royal Navy Dockyard, then turn back to St George’s and fly out to sea the way it had come.
“Nobody had an explanation and it was hard to believe that the Germans had an aircraft capable of flying from Europe to Bermuda and back, the distance being so great.
“The British Government said they were not responsible, so did the Americans. The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill expressed his deep concern and ordered the RAF to investigate, but without success.”
In the book much of the Island’s population grow worried that Bermuda could be invaded and rumours spread throughout its 21-square-miles quickly.
But people’s minds are put at ease once the Americans built an airport in the East End and take a role in building and manning Bermuda’s defences.
Bermuda Contrails costs $22.50 and is available at the Bermuda Book Store on Queen Street, the Bookmart on Reid and Front Streets, A.S. Cooper’s and the Bermuda Craft Market in Dockyard.