WWII author to stop in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES — Author Alex Kershaw will detour from his national book tour Thursday to pay tribute to a World War II pilot from the city.

Kershaw, whose new book "The Few" focuses on American pilots who flew for Great Britain’s Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain in World War II, will sign copies and talk about his book from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the St. Charles Community Center, 830 Whitewater Ave.

One of the pilots who plays a prominent role in "The Few" is Art Donahue, a St. Charles native, who flew with the RAF from 1940 until his death in 1942. Proceeds from book sales Thursday will go to the Donahue Memorial Fund for Needy Students at St. Charles High School.

Kershaw, who is British but lives in Vermont, has also written "The Bedford Boys" and "The Longest Winter," both about World War II. He is on a coast-to-coast tour to promote "The Few."

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