The original, 1943 children’s book, “The Gremlins: A Royal Air Force Story” was written by Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach”) and illustrated by Walt Disney Studios.
November 30, 2006
By Maj. David Malakoff
11th Wing Public Affairs
“During World War II, a special wartime publication, limited to 5,000 copies, brought some welcome light in the Allies’ darkest days. But this “rarest of the rare” books appealed to more than just yesterday’s Airmen – it charmed their children. Now, after 63 years, and the hard-fought efforts of one Air Force historian, the book will again be made available to Airmen in time for the holiday season.
…The book is almost impossible to find now; the rarest of the rare with fewer than 300 copies known to exist worldwide today.”