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Spitfire The Experiences Of A Battle Of Britain Fighter Pilot

Author : Brian Lane
ISBN : 9788822854872
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Lane was the author of Spitfire!, originally published in 1942 under the pseudonym B.J. Ellan. The book is a first hand account of his experiences as a front line Spitfire pilot and is one of only a few contemporaneous autobiographical accounts of the life of a Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot.

Last Of The Few

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 1445602822
Genre : History
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BRITISH & IRISH HISTORY: SECOND WORLD WAR. Spitfire and Hurricane fighter pilots recount their experiences of combat during the Battle of Britain. 2,927 aircrew of RAF Fighter Command fought and won the Battle of Britain in 1940, 544 lost their lives in action. They flew to battle in Spitfires and Hurricanes, Defiants and Blenheims, although it is the two former fighter types - single-seaters both - that still inspire and capture our imagination. The legendary legless fighter 'ace' Douglas Bader once said that the Battle of Britain was 'not won by a few aces, but by the average squadron pilot who collectively did their bit.' One of those men, Peter Fox, described himself and his fellows as mere 'also rans' - but clearly, without them, Fighter Command could not have prevailed. Dilip Sarkar the stories of 18 pilots, researched through personal interviews, correspondence and contemporary archive material.

The Silver Spitfire

Author : Tom Neil
ISBN : 9780297868149
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A brilliantly vivid Second World War memoir by one of 'the Few' Spitfire fighter pilots. Following the D-Day landings, Battle of Britain hero Tom Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison to an American fighter squadron. As the Allies pushed east, Neil commandeered an abandoned Spitfire as his own personal aeroplane. Erasing any evidence of its provenance and stripping it down to bare metal, it became the RAF's only silver Spitfire. Alongside his US comrades, he took the silver Spitfire into battle until, with the war's end, he was forced to make a difficult decision. Faced with too many questions about the mysterious rogue fighter, he contemplated increasingly desperate measures to offload it, including bailing out mid-Channel. He eventually left the Spitfire at Worthy Down, never to be seen again. THE SILVER SPITFIRE is the first-hand, gripping story of Neil's heroic experience as an RAF fighter pilot and his reminiscences with his very own personal Spitfire.

Spitfire Pilot

Author : David Crook
ISBN : 0753729997
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Spitfire Pilot was written in 1940 in the heat of battle when the RAF stood alone against the might of Hitler's Third Reich. It is a tremendous personal account of one of the fiercest and most idealised air conflicts - the Battle of Britain - seen through the eyes of a pilot of the famous 609 Squadron, which shot down over 100 planes in that epic contest.Often hopelessly outnumbered, in their state-of-the-art Spitfires, Crook and his colleagues committed acts of unimaginable bravery against the Messerschmidts and Junkers. Many did not make it and the author describes the void they leave in the squadron with great poignancy.

Scramble

Author : Tom Neil
ISBN : 9781445649528
Genre : History
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Finally the full-length memoir of Battle of Britain and Siege of Malta hero Tom Neil, one of the last fighter pilots alive today, who shot down fourteen enemy aircraft

Fighter Pilot

Author : Helen Doe
ISBN : 9781445646121
Genre : History
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In June 1940, at the age of twenty, Bob Doe believed himself to be the worst pilot in his squadron. Just three months later he was a highly decorated hero of the Battle of Britain. This is the story of the pilot who, in his own estimation, was not promising material for a fighter pilot. He left school at fourteen and had none of the qualifications or background of his fellow officers. But he found his place in the Battle of Britain, shooting down fourteen enemy aircraft and sharing in two others (he was the third highest scoring pilot of the Battle). He was unusual in achieving these victories in both Spitfires and Hurricanes. This biography, written by his daughter, a noted professional historian, tells the story of Bob's remarkable career, including his time in Burma leading an Indian Air Force squadron against the Japanese. He was a modest man who spoke for many veterans when he asked that they should not be considered as heroes but remembered for what they did. This book celebrates Bob's achievements and also those of the men who fought alongside him.

How The Spitfire Won The Battle Of Britain

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 1848688687
Genre : History
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Historians have previously argued that it was the Hurricane not the Spitfire that won the Battle of Britain. Although the Spitfire won the hearts of the British population at large stealing the limelight, it was the Hurricane that achieved most during the battle. Dilip Sarkar turns this now established view on its head. Dilip Sarkar understands perfectly the mysteries of air tactics and strategy PETER TOWNSEND, Battle of Britain fighter ace. Although there were many more Hawker Hurricanes than Supermarine Spitfires engaged in the epic conflict fought over southern England in summer 1940, the public s imagination was captured by the shapely and charismatic Spitfire. According to legend, however, the Hurricane executed far greater damage on the enemy than all other defenses combined, and was therefore the unsung hero of our Finest Hour . New research, though, confirms that the Spitfire, although less in number, was in fact supreme, and destroyed an equal number of enemy machines to the more numerous Hurricane force. Featuring interviews with pilots who flew to war in both Spitfires and Hurricanes, and following a detailed analysis of combat reports and casualty records, Dilip Sarkar shatters the myth and argues a persuasive case proving that the Hurricane was markedly inferior to the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain which could have been won by Spitfires, but not Hurricanes, alone. A controversial thesis likely to provoke lively debate, the evidence presented by this retired police detective and expert aviation historian is nonetheless indisputable."

First Light

Author : Geoffrey Wellum
ISBN : 9780141910345
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF . . . Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return.

Spitfire The Experiences Of A Fighter Pilot Illustrated Edition

Author : Squadron Leader B. J. Ellan
ISBN : 9781786257529
Genre : History
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Includes the Aerial Warfare In Europe During World War II illustrations pack with over 200 maps, plans, and photos. The title of this book no doubt tells you what it is about. The name “Spitfire” first became a household word during the “Blitz” of last year, but before this these wonderful aircraft had given us valiant service at Dunkirk. In this book I have set down the experiences of a pilot in a fighter squadron—myself. I have been with the squadron since the beginning of the war, first as a flight commander and later as C.O., and I never wish to meet a grander bunch of blokes. We went all through Dunkirk and the “Blitz” which followed a couple of months later, and in telling my story I have tried to answer the question of the man in the street: “What is it like up there?” and to give you an idea of what a fighter pilot feels and thinks as he fights up there in the blue.—From Author’s Preface The anonymous writer of this excellent memoir of the Battle of Britain was in fact Squadron Leader Brian “Sandy” Lane, an exceptional pilot and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Spitfire Voices

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 9781445624570
Genre : Transportation
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