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Author : Pilot Officer Arthur Donahue
ISBN : 9781782893400
Genre : History
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Includes 8 Illustrations of the author, his unit and the aircraft they flew. The Immortal speech of Winston Churchill to Parliament in 1940 as the Battle of Britain raged above the skies of England is well-known: "The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen, who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” However not all of the pilots that flew in the Battle of Britain were actually British; many came from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa or nations overrun by the Nazis; Poles, Czechs. So direly needed was every pilot that a blind eye was turned on the nationality of the applicant for Fighter Command; one such man was Arthur ‘Art’ Donahue, an American hailing from the corn fields of Minnesota. Donahue was a humble and unprepossessing man, but despite his self-effacing nature his bravery in joining “The Few” during their time of greatest need is a testament to his keen sense of justice. Having been a pilot for some years before joining he was almost immediately thrown into the frontline fighting and in short order downed a BF 109, the “ratlike” Messerschmitt that hunted the skies. His luck did not hold for long in the frenzied fighting in the skies as he was shot down and badly burnt facially. Amazingly he decided after a brief recuperation to get “back in the saddle” and was flying again with 64 Squadron in the melee in the air. His recounts his experiences with wit, humility and frank honesty; a valuable historical memoir of one of the famous airmen that saved Britain, it is all the more poignant as two years later he was shot down over the English Channel and his body was never recovered. An exciting, vivid memoir of the greatest air conflict of history.

Tally Ho

Author : Arthur Donahue
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-'Realistic... vivid... what it is like to be under fire four miles up in the sky' NEW YORK TIMES. -First published in 1941, Arthur Donahue was forced to use pseudonyms for his fellow fighter pilots by the wartime censor, this new illustrated edition published by Spitfire Publishers in October 2019 reveals their real names for the first time. -An exceptional memoir by a Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot who shot down three enemy aircraft. -Includes a newly written introduction, glossary and set of biographies of Donahue's fellow pilots and their fate written by historian Jonathan Reeve author of BATTLE OF BRITAIN VOICES ('A valuable contribution' BBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MAGAZINE). Based on diaries written between sorties during the Battle of Britain, American 'Art' Donahue's fighter pilot memoir is an outstanding true story. In June 1940 he was living on his parents' dairy farm in rural Minnesota. Already a trained pilot, he heard the RAF needed pilots and believing the war against Nazism was also America's fight, he travelled to England risking jail and the loss of his citizenship for breaking US neutrality laws. By the end of July he was flying Spitfires with 64 Squadron in the skies over South East England - the white heat of the Battle of Britain. Art endured a relentless summer and autumn of dawn patrols. He survived dogfights and the harrowing experience of being shot out of the sky by a Messerschmitt 109 - canon shells and machine-gun rounds hammering the back of his armour-plated seat. He would personally account for three enemy aircraft destroyed.ABOUT THE AUTHORArthur 'Art' Donahue was born in St Charles, Minnesota on 29 January 1913. Fascinated by flying from an early age he gained his pilot's license at 19. In 1940 he heard that pilots were being enlisted in Canada for the RAF. He travelled to Canada and, claiming to be Canadian, was accepted and ten days later sailed for Great Britain. Six days after landing he was in England on an accelerated RAF training scheme for urgently needed pilots to replace those being lost in the early stages of the Battle of Britain. He joined 64 Squadron on 3 August 1940 flying Spitfires. Art was now part of a very small band of Americans who ignored their country's neutral status to join the fight against Hitler in the Battle of Britain. He wrote up TALLY-HO! in the early summer of 1941 and it was published in America in August 1941. A British edition followed in 1942. Art was killed in action on 11 September 1942 attempting to intercept a Junkers Ju 88 off Ostend. His Spitfire was hit by return fire and he ditched in the Channel. His body was never recovered, he was 29.PRAISE FOR TALLY-HO!'Realistic... vivid... what it is like to be under fire four miles up in the sky' NEW YORK TIMES'A thrilling firsthand account' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT'At last a Spitfire pilot's own story... a thrilling story' THE SUNDAY MIRROR'Delightfully told' THE OBSERVER'A record of historical value... an absorbing story' THE BIRMINGHAM POSTABOUT THE EDITORJonathan Reeve has been a history book publisher for twenty years and has been responsible for publishing several memoirs by Battle of Britain fighter pilots including SCRAMBLE! by Tom Neil ('Enthralling' THE DAILY MAIL), SPITFIRE PILOT by Roger Hall ('No-one has written more vividly about air combat' THE SUNDAY TIMES) and SPITFIRE ACE by Gordon Olive ('Ever wonder what it was like to fly a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain? No account captures it quite so nerve shreddingly as this new book by a hero who flew 193 sorties' THE DAILY MAIL). He is also the editor of BATTLE OF BRITAIN VOICES ('A valuable contribution' BBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MAGAZINE).

Yanks Over Europe

Author : Jerome Klinkowitz
ISBN : 9780813161570
Genre : History
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Contrasts between fighter combat and the bombers' war support Klinkowitz's belief that notions of the air war were determined by one's position in it. He extends his thesis by showing the vastly different style of air war described by veterans of the North African and Mediterranean campaigns and concludes by studying the effects of such combat on adversaries and victims. Air combat, Klinkowitz writes, offers a unique perspective on the nature of war. The experience of combat has inspired authors to combine exquisite descriptions with probing thoughtfulness, covering the full range of human expression from exultation to heartbreak. Here is a tightly drawn, highly readable account of the European air war.

The Few

Author : Alex Kershaw
ISBN : 9780141919423
Genre : History
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In the early days of World War Two when Britain stood alone against the terror of Hitler's all-conquering Third Reich, her future hung in the balance; her defence in the hands of the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command. They were Churchill's Few. In defiance of their own country's strict neutrality laws, a handful of American adventurers flew with them. This is their story - and a fresh perspective on the greatest air battle the world has ever seen.

Last Flight From Singapore

Author : Arthur G. Donahue
ISBN : 1594162018
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The First American Volunteer to Serve in the RAF During World War II Who Fought in the Battle of Britain and Then Defended Singapore Against the Japanese Invasion As one of the storied few who defeated the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, American Arthur G. Donahue--Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross--wished to continue his service and requested overseas duty. In October 1941, he was sent to the British protectorate of Singapore as a precaution against a possible threat from Japan, which was already conducting a war in China. Within two months, all of Asia was thrown into turmoil as Japan simultaneously bombed Hawaii and invaded the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. Japanese forces swiftly conquered much of Southeast Asia and began moving toward Burma and India. Standing in the face of this onslaught was the British stronghold of Singapore. Donahue and his squadron began around-the-clock sorties, reminiscent of their battle against Germany a little more than one year earlier. This time, however, the British forces were overwhelmed and they were forced to surrender the city to the Japanese in February 1942, an event Winston Churchill called "the worst disaster" in British history. During the final phase of the battle, Donahue was wounded while strafing Japanese transports unloading troops to storm Singapore. He managed to land, and was airlifted on the last flight from the city and ultimately to a hospital in India. In Last Flight from Singapore, Donahue tells his dramatic story, accompanied by photographs he took himself, of the intense and futile battle against the Japanese for control of the gateway to the Malay Peninsula. He continues his story through his convalescence to his return to England, where he once again began patrols over Europe. The manuscript for Last Flight from Singapore was found among his effects after he did not return from a patrol in 1942 and was presumed lost.

A Life Not Long But Wide

Author : Arthur G. Donahue
ISBN : 098191361X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Arthur Gerald Donahue, at the age of twenty-seven, risked losing his American citizenship to fly Spitfire fighters with Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) in what became The Battle of Britain. In that capacity, he became the first American volunteer to see aerial combat in World War II. He dedicated his rare down-time to documenting the actions, sacrifices, and emotions of his closely bonded squadron so that he could write and place the reader in the pilots' environment of war. In doing so, he authored two best selling books that have become classics: "Tally-Ho! Yankee in a Spitfire" and "Last Flight from Singapore." "A Life Not Long But Wide" provides an in-depth view of a climactic time at the beginning of World War II and paints a picture of two events-The Battle of Britain and the Debacle at Singapore-that few today remember. Most especially, it celebrates the life of a man who can serve as a role model for today's youth. Readers will never forget Arthur Gerald Donahue and will reflect upon how he would have developed had he survived the war.

Air Youth Horizons

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Genre : Aeronautics
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The Atlantic

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ISBN : UCSC:32106019602884
Genre : American periodicals
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The Publishers Weekly

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ISBN : UOM:39015033548713
Genre : American literature
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American Pilots In The Raf

Author : Philip D. Caine
ISBN : UOM:39015033102057
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The inspiring story of the U.S. citizens who fought and died in World War II long before their country entered the war. Drawn from interviews with dozens of surviving Eagles, from their letters and memoirs, and from official records of the squadrons -- and containing numerous photos from the pilots' personal collections -- the Eagles' story is a unique chapter in American military history.

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