This autobiography begins in 1938 when Dahl left England aboard the SS Mantola and culminates in his experiences as a Royal Air Force Pilot ace during the war.
He was en route to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to work with Shell Oil on a three year contract.He describes all the dotty (eccentric) characters aboard. He then relates a bizarre encounter with a lion.
One of the highlights is when his plane crashes in Libya and he nearly dies. He does recover and goes on to become a fighter pilot outwitting and outflying dozens of German Messerschmit 109's.
The book is an enjoyable read.