John Gillespie Magee Jr.
|John Gillespie Magee Jr. (9 June, 1922 - December 1941). John Magee Jr. was an American aviator and poet who was a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force and died as a result of a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire during Word War II. This world renown poem was written on 18 August, 1941 only months before his death from the crash. He had written it after having climbed to 33,000 feet in a Spitfire fighter plane.|