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His mother came over and married his father in Dahl was named after the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen.
His first language was Norwegian, which he spoke at home with his parents and his sisters Astri, Alfhild and Else. Dahl and his sisters were raised in the Lutheran faith, and were baptised at the Norwegian Church, Cardiffwhere their parents worshipped. Weeks later, his father died of pneumonia at the age of Her husband Harald had wanted their children to be educated in British schools, which he considered the world's best.
At the age of eight, he and four of his friends one named Thwaites were caned by the headmaster after putting a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers at the local sweet shop,  which was owned by a "mean and loathsome" old woman called Mrs Pratchett.
St Peter's in Weston-super-Mare. His parents had wanted him to be educated at an English public school and, because of the regular ferry link across the Bristol Channelthis proved to be the nearest.
Dahl's time at St Peter's was unpleasant; he was very homesick and wrote to his mother every week but never revealed his unhappiness to her. After her death inhe learned that she had saved every one of his letters, in small bundles held together with green tape. Dahl disliked the hazing and described an environment of ritual cruelty and status domination, with younger boys having to act as personal servants for older boys, frequently subject to terrible beatings.
His biographer Donald Sturrock described these violent experiences in Dahl's early life. Tales of Childhooda friend named Michael was viciously caned by headmaster Geoffrey Fisher. Writing in that same book, Dahl reflected: I never have got over it. According to Dahl's biographer Jeremy Treglown the caning took place in Maya year after Fisher had left Repton; the headmaster was in fact J.
ChristieFisher's successor. Dahl said the incident caused him to "have doubts about religion and even about God". He wrote about many happy memories from those visits in Boy: Along with the only two other Shell employees in the entire territory, he lived in luxury in the Shell House outside Dar es Salaam, with a cook and personal servants.
While out on assignments supplying oil to customers across Tanganyika, he encountered black mambas and lions, among other wildlife. Dahl was commissioned as a lieutenant into the King's African Riflescommanding a platoon of Askari men, indigenous troops who were serving in the colonial army.
With seven hours and 40 minutes experience in a De Havilland Tiger Mothhe flew solo;  Dahl enjoyed watching the wildlife of Kenya during his flights. Following six months' training on Hawker HartsDahl was commissioned as a pilot officer on 24 Augustand was judged ready to join a squadron and face the enemy.
Dahl was surprised to find that he would not receive any specialised training in aerial combator in flying Gladiators. On the final leg he could not find the airstrip and, running low on fuel and with night approaching, he was forced to attempt a landing in the desert.
Dahl's skull was fractured and his nose was smashed; he was temporarily blinded. He wrote about the crash in his first published work.
He was transported by train to the Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. There he fell in and out of love with a nurse, Mary Welland.
A RAF inquiry into the crash revealed that the location to which he had been told to fly was completely wrong, and he had mistakenly been sent instead to the no man's land between the Allied and Italian forces. In FebruaryDahl was discharged from hospital and passed fully fit for flying duties.
By this time, 80 Squadron had been transferred to the Greek campaign and based at Eleusinanear Athens. The squadron was now equipped with Hawker Hurricanes. Dahl flew a replacement Hurricane across the Mediterranean Sea in Aprilafter seven hours' experience flying Hurricanes.
Dahl flew in his first aerial combat on 15 Aprilwhile flying alone over the city of Chalcis. He attacked six Junkers Ju 88s that were bombing ships and shot one down.The Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network and mastermind behind The West Wing reacts to Donald Trump being elected the 45th president of the United States in a moving letter written to.
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