Gerhard Heilig
Inspiring tales of an Austrian refugee who flew with the wartime RAF

Of Austro-Hungarian origin, Gerhard Heilig arrived in England in December 1938 as a teenage refugee from Nazi persecution.

After completing his education at a school in Yorkshire and a spell as a telephone engineer in London,
he joined the Royal Air Force and was trained as a wireless operator.

He completed a tour of duty with Bomber Command in 1944, followed by service with a transport squadron in the Far East until his release in the spring of 1947.

He then entered civil aviation, gaining his commercial pilot’s licence in 1954 and his first command three years later. At the end of 1964 he took up a tempting offer by Austrian Airlines and moved back to his native Austria.

His fiction and non-fiction books are inspired by his aviation experiences and international travels.


The Cry of the Nightjar

by Gerhard Heilig
A fictionalised but highly realistic account  of the life of a WW2 bomber pilot
RAF/aviation memoir

Circuits and Bumps

by Gerhard Heilig
An aviator's progress from bombers to airliners with the RAF and commercial airlines 1944-65

Around the World in 80 Beds

by Gerhard Heilig
A light-hearted international oddysey between the sheets