By Mike Monte
For The Daily?News
LAONA, Wis. - Sara Witter Connor has recently published a book titled "Wisconsin's Flying Trees in World War II." She has done extensive research over a number of years to find the information needed to chronicle the efforts made by the Lake States logging and lumber industry to help the Allies win World War II.
Did you know that one of the most effective planes used during the War was the British Mosquito and that the plane was constructed of plywood? And, that much of that plywood came from Wisconsin? To be more exact, much of the plywood used in the Mosquito and our gliders and the famed Spruce Goose came from the Roddis Lumber and Veneer plant in Marshfield, Wis.
In her book, Connor covers the timber industry war effort from the stump to the skies over Europe, when the famed Mosquito was making daily raids on the European continent, and when U.S. soldiers dropped from the skies behind the Normandy beaches on D-Day.
"Sara has done a tremendous job documenting these efforts in word and vintage pictures. It is well worth the read," notes a spokesperson.
To celebrate Sara Connor's achievement and the works of other northern Wisconsin authors, Camp 5 Museum in Laona will be hosting a book signing on Saturday, June 28, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors to this destination tourist stop will have the opportunity to meet Connor, discuss her work, and possibly buy a signed copy.
In addition, Northwoods author and guide Buckshot Anderson will also be on hand with his work. Anderson recently published a book titled "Why I Was Fishing." He has been a columnist for the Lakeland Times and was a fishing and hunting guide for 60 years and was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Fishing Hall of Fame. Anderson's father and grandfather were also in the logging and sawmill business and he has stories to tell of their logging exploits and ventures.