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

Battle Of Britain Voices

Author : Jonathan Reeve
ISBN : 9781445642741
Genre : History
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The most comprehensive collection of fighter pilot accounts ever published.

Spitfire Ace

Author : Gordon Olive, DFC
ISBN : 9781445644370
Genre : History
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Pitched into the maelstrom of air fighting in the summer of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Gordon Olive barely lived to tell this extraordinary tale of courage and endurance. As Britain fought alone for its survival, 'the Few' of RAF Fighter Command took to the air grievously outnumbered, many reaching breaking point, exhausted physically and mentally by unreleting, intense combat. Gordon Olive flew the iconic Spitfire for over 125 missions above London and the south-east in the white heat of the aerial battle for supremacy of the skies. One of the most heavily engaged pilots of the Battle, he shot down ten enemy aircraft. This is his story of what it was like to dogfight with Messerschmitts at speeds of 400 mph, experiencing G forces close to blackout, at one moment to be drenched in sweat with exertion, the next to be freezing at 25,000 feet, to smell the cordite of your own fighter's machine guns and feel cannon shells explode against the back of your armoured seat. Illustrated in colour with forty unique paintings of the aerial battle of summer 1940 by the author.

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.

Alarmstart The German Fighter Pilot S Experience In The Second World War

Author : Patrick G. Eriksson
ISBN : 9781445671239
Genre : History
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The experiences of the German fighter pilots in the Second World War, based on extensive recollections of veterans as well as primary documents, and diary and flying log book extracts, with photographs from the veterans themselves, many never previously published.

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.


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

The Last Enemy

Author : Richard Hillary
ISBN : 9781405937511
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1918, the RAF was established as the world's first independent air force. To mark the 100th anniversary of its creation, Penguin are publishing the Centenary Collection, a series of six classic books highlighting the skill, heroism and esprit de corps that have characterised the Royal Air Force throughout its first century. The Last Enemy is Richard Hillary's extraordinary account of his experience as a Spitfire pilot in the Second World War. Hillary was shot down during the Battle of Britain, leading to months in hospital as part of Archibald McIndoe's 'Guinea Pig Club', undergoing pioneering plastic surgery to rebuild his face and hands. The Last Enemy was first published in 1942, just seven months before Hilary's untimely death in a second crash and has gone on to be hailed as one of the classic texts of World War II.

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.

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