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This website has been independently created by Mari Kaye’s younger brother David C. Jackson, who is wholly and solely responsible for its content.

Mari Kaye has been unwell for some time and has left the roll-out of her novel, ‘Jacobie’s Wake’ to me, her brother. I have also been entrusted with editing the manuscript before publication.

Welcome!

Welcome to this site at https://jacobie.vanc.ca/.  It is currently under construction and is being built to accompany the launch of the thriller novel ‘Jacobie’s Wake‘; a thriller novel about WW2 and beyond, packed with CIA, MI5 and MI6 intrigue, love, assassinations, and betrayal. Jacobie’s Wake is due to be available for soft and hard-cover purchases and will be downloadable on Amazon.com as an eBook from late June 2020.

Cover design: Original by Mari Kaye

Please join and participate in exploring the inspired but complex life of Mari Kaye, the creative author of this suspenseful thriller that takes its historical fiction to far-flung international destinations filled with intrigue in the wake of its opportunistic main character, RAF sergeant Ken Jacobie.

Visiting New Zealand.

Mari Kaye’s father Ken Jackson’s RAF roots:

RAF Sgt. Ken Jackson, our father, was the inspiration for the fictional character of Ken Jacobie. He had indeed, in real life, volunteered to join the RAF and had planned his marriage with his co-boarder to benefit them both during WW2. Shortly after marriage, he went through rigorous technical training at RAF-Wolverhampton, where he lived with his new wife in an RAF provided cabin outside Wolverhampton city limits in order to avoid the regular nighttime bombing raids that were common. Here, in this picture, he is still seen as RAF Airman Ken Jackson. After completing his training in 1941 he was promoted to Corporal and he became an RAF-instructor at RAF-Blackpool. Before his assignment to Normandy in 1944, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned a crew of aircraft technicians. (Recognise Ken Jacobie?)

During the Second World War, Blackpool had one of the largest aircraft maintenance training centres. The RAF’s presence there was huge. It was like a garrison town. On the weekends, the streets were a sea of blue-grey uniforms. Today, many wouldn’t have any idea what the size of the RAF’s presence had been here in the Second World War. The resort was chosen as the main training base for RAF servicemen due to its distance from the part of the country under the shadow of the Nazi bombing during the Blitz.

Michael Kevin Jackson (Mari Kaye) joins the RAF

At age 16 Kevin (Mari Kaye), on her father’s urging, enlisted at the RAF’s No.1 Apprenticeship Training facilities at RAF HALTON in Buckinghamshire, England.

No. 1 School of Technical Training (No. 1 S of TT) is the Royal Air Force’s aircraft engineering school, based at RAF Halton from 1919 to 1993, as the Home of the Aircraft Apprentice scheme. The Aircraft Apprentice scheme trained young men in the mechanical trades for aircraft maintenance, the graduates of which were the best-trained technicians in the RAF and would usually progress to Senior NCO ranks. However, ninety-one ex-apprentices went on to achieve Air Rank. Many more became commissioned officers, including Sir Frank Whittle “father of the jet engine”, who completed his apprenticeship at RAF Cranwell, before the move to RAF Halton.[1] Graduates of the Aircraft Apprentice scheme at RAF Halton are known as Old-Haltonians.

David Jackson: The author’s younger brother and the editor-publisher of Jacobie’s Wake.

David Jackson (Editor) in Eindhoven 2017.

Going through old photographs.

Selecting family photographs for ‘Jacobie’s Wake’ (First Canadian Edition) inclusion.
Ken Jacobie’s covert HQ in Eindhoven would have been similar to this, situated on a residential street, and comprising two three-floor redecorated adjoining properties. Visitors were advised to walk to the properties to sustain a low-profile presence in this family neighbourhood

The Second World War came to an end in 1945 with allied forces victorious. When control was secured, RAF Eindhoven established itself in late 1946 as a desirable location to bring out RAF family members from the UK. Our family came first. We flew into Schiphol in an RAF Dakota on November 6 of 1946. As one of the first allied families, we were billeted on a Dutch farm situated right on the actual airfield grounds. The farm family, only a year earlier, had reportedly billeted several German Luftwaffe officers.

Mari Kaye and David (Editor) with Leo at RAF Eindhoven in the summer of 1947.
Late November 1946 or early 1947; You can see me (David) next to the propeller at waist height. R.C.A.F. Typhoon had a collapsed landing gear.

1947 – RAF Eindhoven experiencing the post-war good life:

In 1947, while many Dutch families were still experiencing hardship and scarcity many more RAF families were flown out to be with their husbands and fathers at RAF Eindhoven. We had easy access to British consumer staples. Xmas celebration became an event to behold after many years of food rationing in Britain.

1953: RAF Eindhoven became an appreciated social hub.

Our Mother:

Our mother inspired the highly fictionalized, but recognizable character of Maggie in the novel Jacobie’s Wake. Our mother did indeed clean and supply fish caught by our father to boarding homes in Blackpool during the early 1940s, and indeed loved her soft-boiled eggs with bread fingers. She was creative and artistic, as are Maggie, Daniel, and as is Mari Kaye herself. Our mother was a skilled seamstress and showed great skill in creating necessities with fabric and wool.

She did not end up in Bali, but instead lived out her life in Eindhoven, divorced and making do on Dutch social security payments supplemented with alimony payments our father had been ordered to provide.

1942 – Operation Oyster:

RAF bombing of the Philips factories in Eindhoven on YouTube.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZzgDkFvHbI

Eindhoven today:

Hobart, Tasmania today:

Blackpool UK today:

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