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Spitfire Pilot

Spitfire Pilot Author David Crook
ISBN-10 0753729997
Release 2015-07-02
Pages 208
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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.



Spitfire Pilot

Spitfire Pilot Author Flight Lieutenant David Crook DFC
ISBN-10 1975711874
Release 2017-08-23
Pages 96
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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.David Moore Crook, DFC (1914 - 1944) was a British fighter pilot and flying ace of the Second World War.After attending the University of Cambridge, he was mobilised as part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force on the outbreak of war. Flying the Spitfire Crook participated in the Battle of Britain, flying with No. 609 Squadron RAF (at the time this was a squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force). He initially joined the squadron on 22 September 1938 as an acting pilot officer, this rank was confirmed on 4 May 1940, and later further back-dated to 9 December 1939. He destroyed a Junkers Ju 87 of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 (StG 77) on 9 July, and a Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) Messerschmitt Bf 109 on 13 August. On 15 August 1940, he mistakenly shot down a Blenheim fighter, although the crew was only slightly injured. Two Bf 109's were claimed on 30 September 1940.Flying Spitfire IX EN662 on 18 December 1944 on a high level photographic sortie, Crook was seen to dive into the sea near Aberdeen. He was officially listed as missing in action.



Last of the Few

Last of the Few Author Max Arthur
ISBN-10 9781628730463
Release 2011-08-01
Pages 304
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After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German army to land across the channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies—the Royal Air Force would have to be broken. So every day throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties. Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day, and civilians watched skies crisscrossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me-109s. Britain’s very freedom depended on the outcome of that summer’s battle: Its air defenses were badly battered and nearly broken, but against all odds, “The Few,” as they came to be known, bought Britain’s freedom—many with their lives. More than a fifth of the British and Allied pilots died during the Battle of Britain. These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. Their stories are as riveting, as vivid, and as poignant as they were seventy years ago. We will not see their like again.



The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain Author Norman Ferguson
ISBN-10 9781783726172
Release 2015-07-09
Pages 192
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Have you ever wondered... • How fast a Spitfire could travel? • Which pilot won Fighter Command’s only Victoria Cross? • What a ‘Stuka Party’ was? Telling the stories of the commanders, the air raids, the pilots, the aircraft and the vital use of the world’s first radar air defence system, this comprehensive miscellany is a compelling guide to this most crucial of Second World War battles – the first to be fought solely in the air.



Luftwaffe Fighters and Bombers

Luftwaffe Fighters and Bombers Author Chris Goss
ISBN-10 9780811707497
Release 2010-12
Pages 396
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Previously published as two seperate works: Luftwaffe fighters' Battle of Britain and, Luftwaffe bombers' Battle of Britain. 2000.



Last of the Few

Last of the Few Author Dilip Sarkar
ISBN-10 9781445610467
Release 2010-02-15
Pages 288
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Spitfire and Hurricane fighter pilots recount their experiences of combat during the Battle of Britain.



Spitfire Pilot

Spitfire Pilot Author David Crook
ISBN-10 1906502048
Release 2008-06
Pages 206
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The Spitfire Pocket Manual

The Spitfire Pocket Manual Author Martin Robson
ISBN-10 9781844861873
Release 2012-05-24
Pages 144
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Developed in 1938 from a Schneider trophy-winning design by the aeronautical engineer and designer R.J Mitchell, the Supermarine Spitfire went on to become the definitive Allied fighter of the Second World War, and ranks amongst the most famous aircraft of all time. This pocket manual presents an accessible collection of fascinating historical documents to help readers explore the technical and tactical developments relating to the design and use of this famous aircraft. Sources include the Air Ministry's original specification for a single-seater day and night fighter, handling trials of the Spitfire prototype K-5054, squadron fighting tactics, pilot's log books and pilot's notes for the Mark V, air group reports and tactical papers. Collectively these give a unique insight into the Spitfire, illustrating its durability and adaptability in performing many war-winning roles. With illustrations and an introduction by historian Martin Robson, The Spitfire Pocket Manual is an essential volume for any Spitfire enthusiast.



Fighter Aces of the RAF in the Battle of Britain

Fighter Aces of the RAF in the Battle of Britain Author Philip Kaplan
ISBN-10 9781844155873
Release 2008-03-25
Pages 256
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This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary RAF fighter aces during the Battle of Britain. The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans.



The Silver Spitfire

The Silver Spitfire Author Tom Neil
ISBN-10 9780297868149
Release 2013-02-28
Pages 304
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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.



First Light

First Light Author Geoffrey Wellum
ISBN-10 9780241984338
Release 2018-05-17
Pages 352
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Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, eighteen-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 Voices

Spitfire Voices Author Dilip Sarkar
ISBN-10 9781445624570
Release 2013-10-10
Pages 489
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Spitfire Voices has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Spitfire Voices also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Spitfire Voices book for free.



Battle of Britain Voices

Battle of Britain Voices Author Jonathan Reeve
ISBN-10 9781445642741
Release 2015-08-15
Pages 528
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The most comprehensive collection of fighter pilot accounts ever published.



Spitfire Manual 1940

Spitfire Manual 1940 Author Dilip Sarkar
ISBN-10 9781445607955
Release 2010-02-15
Pages 288
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How to fly the legendary fighter plane in combat using the manuals and instructions supplied by the RAF during the Second World War.



Spitfire Stories

Spitfire Stories Author Jacky Hyams
ISBN-10 9781782438175
Release 2017-10-19
Pages 256
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Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of the Second World War. The Spitfire is the world's most iconic aeroplane. Coming into its own during the Battle of Britain, it became famous during the Second World War as the only plane that could match the enemy fighters in the sky. Yet, even today, the history of the Spitfire contains many hitherto hidden or little-known stories of the men and women behind the plane; not only the gifted creators and inventors who brought the Spitfire to life, or the brave fighter pilots from many countries who triumphed in battle, but also the thousands of other people whose lives were affected by their personal connection to it - engineers, ground crew, factory or office workers, and their families. Spitfire Stories recounts the memories and stories of these people, from the birth of the Spitfire in the 1930s to the present day. Among these accounts is the extraordinary tale of the fighter pilot who only discovered, fifty years on, the tragic truth of his last Spitfire flight, the businessman whose blank cheque changed the course of the war, the ninety-five-year-old RAF engineer who was determined to be reunited with his beloved Spit before he died, and the little girl who inspired the plane's creation - and went on to marry a movie star. Using documents, letters and photographs from the Imperial War Museums' unparalleled archive, plus exclusive first-hand interviews, these stories of the Spitfire are a revelatory collection of small but significant histories, to be treasured by all who love and admire the iconic plane.



Battle of Britain Pilot

Battle of Britain Pilot Author George Barclay
ISBN-10 0857332392
Release 2012-08-01
Pages 256
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RAF fighter pilot George Barclay kept a personal diary of his time flying Hurricanes and Spitfires in 1940–41, including his rare contemporary account of flying Hurricanes with 249 Squadron in the Battle of Britain. This revised and re-illustrated edition of a book originally published in 1976 features previously unseen photographs and ephemera from Barclay’s personal albums, as well as offering new insights into his evasion in France and Spain in 1941. Barclay was later killed over El Alamein in 1942, shot down by German fighter ace Lt Werner Schröer. This diary is a rare, descriptive and articulate chronicle of the life of an RAF front-line fighter pilot in 1940–1.



Alice but Not Through the Looking Glass

Alice but Not Through the Looking Glass Author Geoffrey Lewis
ISBN-10 9780595381265
Release 2005-12
Pages 76
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Alice, the author's mother, is mentioned frequently in this account of his book. A disciplinarian to no small degree, she did her best in the trying pre-war times of unemployment. A fair amount of the author's recollections concerns the ups and downs of life in the small Derbyshire town of Clowne in the thirties. The history and records of shops and ownership in Clowne might be said to be as meticulous as the records in the Doomsday book! But what makes this volume most valuable is the author's memories and insights into that ballerina of the skies, the Spitfire, the key player in the Battle of Britain. And who better qualified to sing these praises than a Spitfire pilot? For out of Clowne came Geoffrey Lewis, a living legend now in his eighties, one of our heroes who gives us first-hand information about his 'Spitty', apart from the absorbingly interesting account of his aircraft training in Prince Albert, in Canada, prior to engaging battle in Britain.