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.
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, Cardiff, where their parents worshipped.
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.
Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
He became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander.Dahl first attended the Cathedral School, Llandaff.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, Gobstoppers were a favourite sweet among British schoolboys between the two World Wars, and Dahl would refer to them in his creation, Everlasting Gobstopper, which was featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.He continued to advanced flying training in Iraq, at RAF Habbaniya, 50 miles (80 km) west of Baghdad.Following six months' training on Hawker Harts, Dahl was commissioned as a pilot officer on 24 August 1940, and was judged ready to join a squadron and face the enemy. 80 Squadron RAF, flying obsolete Gloster Gladiators, the last biplane fighter aircraft used by the RAF.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 was rescued and taken to a first-aid post in Mersa Matruh, where he regained consciousness, but not his sight.After a 600-mile (970 km) car journey from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi, he was accepted for flight training with sixteen other men, among whom only three survived the war.With seven hours and 40 minutes experience in a De Havilland Tiger Moth, he flew solo; Dahl enjoyed watching the wildlife of Kenya during his flights.His biographer Donald Sturrock described these violent experiences in Dahl's early life. Dahl said the incident caused him to "have doubts about religion and even about God".Writing in that same book, Dahl reflected: “All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed literally to wound other boys, and sometimes quite severely... I never have got over it.” the caning took place in May 1933, a year after Fisher had left Repton; the headmaster was in fact J. He was never seen as a particularly talented writer in his school years, with one of his English teachers writing in his school report "I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended." Dahl would dream of inventing a new chocolate bar that would win the praise of Mr Cadbury himself; this inspired him in writing his third children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), and to refer to chocolate in other children's books.