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Spitfire

Author : Brian Lane
ISBN : 9781848683549
Genre : History
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The remarkable Battle of Britain experiences of Spitfire pilot Brian Lane, DFC. Brian Lane was only 23 when he when he wrote his dramatic account of life as a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. Lane was an 'ace' with six enemy 'kills' to his credit and was awarded the DFC for bravery in combat. The text is honest and vibrant, and has the immediacy of a book written close the event, untouched, therefore, by the doubts and debates of later years. Here we can read, exactly what it was like to 'scramble', to shoot down Messerschmitts, Heinkels, Dorniers and Stukas and how it felt to lose comrades every day. Squadron Leader Brian Lane DFC was not only an exceptional fighter pilot but likewise a gifted leader, at all levels. In what was still a hierarchical and class conscious culture, 'Chiefy' Lane was different: he knew everyone under his command by first names, no matter how lowly their rank or status, and in the air he was always unflappable, calmly making the right tactical decision and in the process earning unlimited respect amongst pilots and aircrew. All these years later the survivors still speak of him with an unparalleled affection and respect bordering upon a holy reverence. High drama has never before been so characteristically understated, written, as it was, by the 'Finest of the Few'.

Last Of The Few

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 9781445610467
Genre : History
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Spitfire and Hurricane fighter pilots recount their experiences of combat during the Battle of Britain.

Spitfire

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 1526732815
Genre : History
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As a child, Dilip Sarkar was fascinated by the haunting image of an anonymous RAF Spitfire pilot. Taken minutes after landing from a Battle of Britain combat, this was Squadron Leader Brian Lane DFC, the commander of 19 Squadron, based at Fowlmere - and author of the stirring first-hand account _Spitfire! The Experiences of a Fighter Pilot_, published under the pseudonym B.J. Ellan. Deeply moving was the discovery that in 1942 Brian was reported missing after a futile nuisance raid over the Dutch coast. During the mid-1980s, Dilip began researching the life and times of both Brian Lane and 19 Squadron, forging close friendships with many of the unit's surviving Battle of Britain pilots and support staff. This enabled identification of the wartime censor's blanks regarding people and places in Brian's book, and the publication in 1990 of Dilip's first ever book, _Spitfire Squadron: 19 Squadron at War 1939-41_. Nearly thirty years later, sadly all of the survivors are now deceased, but Dilip's close relationship has provided a huge archive of correspondence and interviews in addition to a unique photographic collection. Furthermore, the author, a retired police detective, has thoroughly investigated the life - and death - of Squadron Leader Lane. This completely new _Spitfire Squadron_ covers everything we would ever need to know about such a unit during the critical pre and early war period: the social, political, aviation and military history all in one volume - emphasising the human experience involved and the stories of casualties. With an immense photographic collection - many published here for the first time - this book is destined to become a classic. So, strap yourself in, turn gun button to 'fire', and join 19 Squadron's Spitfire pilots during our Darkest and Finest Hours ... the ultimate 'Band of Brothers'?

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.

The Last Enemy

Author : Richard Hillary
ISBN : 0887511031
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Tells the story of a young writer's experiences as a Spitfire pilot in training and during the Battle of Britain, and of the life he led after being shot down. This book describes carefree days at Trinity College, Oxford, training as a fighter pilot, aerial combat and then, after being shot down and cruelly burnt by the flames, of a slow recovery.

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.

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 Pilot

Author : Roger Hall
ISBN : 144561684X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Battle of Britain memoir of Roger Hall, a Spitfire pilot in 152 Squadron, the heart of the fighting during the epic battle. He recounts his own experience of air-to-air combat with Me109s and Me110s (he shot down three enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain), and that of his fellow pilots.

Spitfire A Test Pilot S Story

Author : Jeffrey Quill
ISBN : 1910809306
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This is the story of an exceptional test pilot and RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilot, Jeffrey Quill, who took charge of some of the most important military aircraft of his time. Jeffrey Quill, was commissioned in the RAF in 1931. He joined Vickers Aviation in 1936, and rose to become Chief Test Pilot at Supermarine. Best remembered for his work on the Spitfire, with which his name is inextricably linked, he played a major part in the testing of the prototype and the entire development of the aircraft. Starting with lively descriptions of the Royal Air Force in the mid 1930s, Jeffrey Quill moves on to cover his fascinating test flying experiences where he took charge of some of the most important military aircraft of that time. He flight-tested every variant of the immortal Spitfire, from its experimental, prototype stage in 1936 when he worked with its chief designer, RJ Mitchell, to the end of its production in 1948. Using his first-hand experience of combat conditions fighting with 65 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain, Jeffrey Quill helped to turn this elegant flying machine into a deadly fighter aircraft.

Spitfire

Author : Brian Lane
ISBN : 1075176050
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'A very fine and vivid account' MAX ARTHUR. This new 2019 edition published by Spitfire Publishers substitutes Brian Lane's anonymous comrades' pseudonyms (imposed by the wartime censor) with their real identities. Reproduces Brian Lane's previously unpublished combat reports. Includes a newly written introduction, glossary and set of biographies of Lane's fellow pilots and their fate written by historian Jonathan Reeve author of BATTLE OF BRITAIN VOICES. Brian Lane was just 23 when he took command of the RAF's top fighter squadron. The first to be equipped with the brand-new Spitfire, 19 Squadron blazed a deadly trail across the skies of the south east at the height of the Battle of Britain and led experimental trials with heavier armaments and new combat tactics. Unlike most memoirs of the Battle of Britain, Brian wrote his in 1940/1 whilst the fear, exhaustion and mental stress was still raw. He shot down six enemy aircraft, endured terrifying attacks from Messerschmitt 109s in the maelstrom of massed aerial dogfights and the death of many fellow pilots. Brian was killed in action just six months after first publication in March 1942. His gripping memoir of life as Spitfire fighter pilot, and of 'one of the few' who saved Britain from invasion by Nazi Germany is a true hero's last testimony. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brian Lane, from Pinner in north west London, joined the RAF in 1937, and the prestigious 19 Squadron in September 1939. He married the famous racing driver Eileen Allison just before the Battle of Britain in June 1940 and was appointed squadron leader at the beginning of September 1940. Lane disappeared on 13 December 1942 after a dogfight with Focke Wulf 190s over the North Sea near Holland. By this time Lane had shot down six enemy aircraft plus one additional shared kill. His body was never recovered. His memoir was originally published under the pseudonym 'Squadron Leader B.J. Ellan' by John Murray Publishers. Although it sold well during the war, it soon fell out of print along with many other servicemen's combat memoirs and has only recently reached 'classic' status.

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