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RoaldRoo-aal Dahl was born on September 13 1916 in Llandaff South Wales to Norwegian parents Harald and Sofie Hesselberg Dahl After graduating from Repton School in 1933 he went to work for the Shell Oil Company of East Africa until World War II started in 1939 He then served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot and he became a Wing Commander In 1940 Dahls plane was hit by a machine gun fire and he was severely injured He was rescued by a fellow pilot and took him six months to recover Although Dahl rejoined his squadron in Greece in the spring of 1941 the pain from his head and back injuries grew worse so that he had to be sent back to England on the disabled list Dahl was then reassigned to Washington DC as an assistant air attache It was there that he accidently began his career as a writer One day while Dahl was working in his office CS Forester Came to ask if he could interview him for a piece he was writing for The Saturday Evening Post because he had seen action in the war Forester took Dahl to lunch with the intentions of taking notes about his most exciting war experience However Forester was having difficulty taking notes while eating so Dahl offered to write down some notes and send them to him The notes ended up being a story which he called A Piece of Cake Forester sent the story to The Saturday Evening Post under Dahls name The Post liked the story so much they paid Dahl 1000 and then signed him to write others Soon his stories were being published in several other magazines and his writing career had started In 1943 Dahl wrote his first childrens book The Gremlins Eleanor Roosevelt read it to her grandchildren and liked it so much that she invited him to have dinner with her and
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