The man behind Thunderbirds

Shane Rimmer with Scott Tracy from Thunderbirds
Shane Rimmer with Scott Tracy from Thunderbirds

A book about the man who inspired the iconic TV series Thunderbirds is being exclusively recorded by Aylesbury’s Calibre Audio Library.

Thunderbird in Bomber Command, by Sean Feast, tells the story of Second World War pilot Lionel Anderson, the elder brother of Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson.

Lionel was a low-flying Mosquito pilot who was tragically killed during his second tour of operations. He was a prolific letter writer, regaling his parents and younger brother with his adventures.

Gerry’s son Jamie Anderson, only recently discovered the letters at the bottom of his late father’s old trunk.

Jamie said: “As Sean says in the book, Dad spent his entire life trying to live up to the reputation of his hero older brother. He constantly strived to be ‘as good’ as the brother he lost at 15 years old.

“Through that striving, he entertained millions of people for over 60 years, while Lionel has become a short mention in his younger brother’s biography.

“I’m so pleased that for the first time people can find out about the man who was not only a hero, but inspired a legend.”

Sean Feast said: “I am delighted my book will be available to so many blind and partially sighted readers, both Thunderbirds fans and those who enjoy military history.

“I am particularly pleased that Shane Rimmer, the voice of Scott Tracy, will be recording his foreword for Calibre.”

Sean and Jamie will be appearing at this year’s Thame Arts and Literature Festival to discuss the book.