Nonfiction Book Award Status: SILVER
Nonfiction Book Award - Silver Winner - 150


The crew of a lone and crippled bomber are deep within enemy territory, desperately trying to find their way back home.

Alis Nocturnis – On the Wings of the Night is the story of two men, their friendship, their convictions and the ultimate price they paid. An attempt to create a human image for two RAF graves in the General Cemetery of Culemborg, a friendly city in the middle of the Netherlands.

In the night of June 17th, 1940, an Armstrong Whitley Mk.V heavy bomber dropped its deadly payload over its target in Germany when fate suddenly struck. The events that followed during the rushed and improvised flight back to base eventually led to a tragic ending in the middle of the Netherlands, costing two young men their lives.

With the help of many historical sources, the author has recreated the flight as diligently as possible while giving the reader an immersive experience of this fatal last flight.

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Author Bio

Christiaan van Heijst is a Boeing 747 pilot and one of the world’s leading and awarded aviation photographers. Combined with a keen interest in history and writing, his work has been published worldwide through print and media.


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