Flying With Dad

A Daughter. A Father.

And the Hidden Gifts in His Stories from WWII. 

by Yvonne Caputo

Written with vivid detail, this encouraging, life-giving book is a tale of a World War II Veteran father and his daughter, who found the relationship with him she’d always longed for.

Do you have a family member who served in the military, who perhaps saw war, and wondered what their experience was really like?

Do you suspect there are past traumas that might be affecting their ability to open up?

Do you wish you could feel closer and more connected to your mom, dad, or other family members? If yes, Flying with Dad will pull you into a real-life story that shows you how.

BBA Finalist Medal

Award-Winning Finalist:   2020 Best Book Awards

American Book Fest, Health: Aging/50+

Navigator Compass

At age ten, Yvonne Caputo vied for her dad’s attention. At twenty, they fought about race. At sixty, she struggled to talk with him about what mattered.

In Flying With Dad, Yvonne Caputo charts her journey to her father through the re-telling of why he went from repairing planes to being a B-24 navigator in WWII, how heavy German flak led to post-war nightmares, and why he suffered years of guilt after one particular bombing run over Unterschlauersbach, Germany.

Over the years, Yvonne would ask her father questions about this past. She’d listen, pay attention, and found that he was paying attention to her as well.

As she learned to meet him where he was, instead of where she wanted him to be, the result was an intimacy, a deep abiding respect, and a no-regrets final goodbye.

Flying with Dad is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of a daughter striving to understand her father and him opening up about the experiences that shapes so many soldiers and can get in the way of the rich relationships they and their children deserve. 

Sneak peek at the table of contents for Flying With Dad

Part I: Yvonne


A Ruffled Hem


The Fishing Team


Teddie, Teddy


Aunt Josephine


The Camp Kiss


Sundays at the Lake


Trains and Planes


Thirty-five Cents


Silver Fritz




The Great Divide


Dust in the Wind


Christmas Cactus


All the Applesauce

Part II: Michael


Caputo with a 'C'


Bust 'Em Up


Packed With Planes


The Missing Wing


Latrine Beach


Eight Gigs


The Orange Ticket


No Luck at All


A Celestial Rhythm


Band of Brothers


Quite the Game


Administrative Error


Short Circuit


The Liberator


Perfect Bomb Score


Long Road Home


The Old Shop


Pretense of Normalcy


The Christmas Gift




Flood of Purpose

Part III: Dad and Me




VE 50


Pitching the Library


The Phone Call


Flying Witchcraft


The Five Wishes


D-Day 2010


Angels on My Shoulders


Pilot's License


Venosa and Potenza


In Flying with Dad (excerpt)

"I felt an eerie calm. I lay down on my right side, the length of my body right next to Dad’s warmth. I put my left arm over his chest and murmured into his ear. “It’s all right. I love you and I will miss you, but you will be with Mom.” And then I recited the Lord’s Prayer. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven…” When the prayer ended, I said, “It’s okay Dad, you can go.”

The phone rang, and I got up from the floor. I returned to the kitchen to take the call from my brother Michael. As I was filling him in, one of the EMTs came in. When I saw his face, I knew. 

The EMTs put Dad on a gurney and carried him out to the ambulance that would take Dad to the ER to be pronounced. It had begun to snow heavily again, big fat white flakes light against my skin.

For a moment my personal grief gave way and I threw my arms in the air with fists clenched in the sign of victory. To the EMTs who were now staring at me quizzically, I said, “Yes, guys. You have given my dad his wish. He did not want to die in hospital. He wanted to be carried out of his home feet first, and that’s just what you’ve done.” 

I stood at the end of the gurney, pulled back the cover, and stroked my dad’s smooth, bald head. It had begun to grow cold. The journey had been awful. The journey had been beautiful. Dad’s face bore a peaceful expression that said, I’m home. I’m no longer in pain, and I’m with your mother.

As the ambulance doors closed, I lifted my face to the inky sky, the snowflakes falling from heaven melting and wet on my cheeks."

Booksellers: Grab the sell sheet for Flying with Dad Here. 

"Having worked with thousands of clients who long for even one deep conversation with their parent, grandparent, or uncle about their World War II experience, this book will feel very relatable. For anyone who had a difficult relationship with their silent generation dad, this will be a comfortable and comforting read. If you’re lucky enough to have a World War II relative still living, this might give you the courage to ask the questions you’ve been wanting to ask."

William L. (Bill) Beigel

Author, Buried on the Battlefield: Not My Boy

"An inherently engaging and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, "Flying with Dad" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and college/university library American Biography collections and one that will be of special interest to readers who come from military families."

Helen Dumont

Author, publisher of Kitty Karma Books

"What grabs you in this engrossing family saga is the fierce connection forged slowly between father and daughter — a long, solo journey of small steps carried out with sensitivity and guts. Captivating! The man who loved a good story would appreciate what his daughter has done in Flying with Dad — as readers will too."

Jane LaTour

Author of Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City

"This is a great read. Yvonne made the story of her dad come alive-giving insight not only to his days as a navigator in the service, but also to his [roles] as husband and father. Thanks so much for sharing, Yvonne."


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"I loved every page of it. In fact, once I finished it I soon realized that I was not prepared to be done, so I went right back to page one and read it all over again. this is more than a book about a WWII airman. It's a loving and immersive family story as well. Real people, real lives, real-life stories. Put this one on your reading list; you'll be glad you did."

Marc D. Weinshenker

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"This book is a love story, or, more accurately, several love stories: between a father and daughter, a husband and wife, and even a man and machines. It is very thought-provoking. In reading this book, one is almost compelled to think about their own family dynamics. All in all, it is a great read."

Allen C.

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Available in eBook, paperback, hardcover, and LARGE PRINT, and now also in audiobook.

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