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Spitfire The Experiences of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot

Spitfire   The Experiences of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot Author Brian Lane
ISBN-10 9788822854872
Release 2016-10-11
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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

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.

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.


Scramble Author Tom Neil
ISBN-10 9781445649528
Release 2015-09-15
Pages 640
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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

Spitfire The Experiences Of A Fighter Pilot Illustrated Edition

Spitfire  The Experiences Of A Fighter Pilot  Illustrated Edition Author Squadron Leader B. J. Ellan
ISBN-10 9781786257529
Release 2015-11-06
Pages 328
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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.

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.

Alarmstart The German Fighter Pilot s Experience in the Second World War

Alarmstart  The German Fighter Pilot s Experience in the Second World War Author Patrick G. Eriksson
ISBN-10 9781445671239
Release 2017-09-15
Pages 352
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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.

The Last Enemy

The Last Enemy Author Richard Hillary
ISBN-10 9781473359642
Release 2016-08-26
Pages 228
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This early work by Richard Hillary was originally published in 1942 and we are now republishing it. 'The Last Enemy' is a work in which the author writes about his experiences as a Supermarine Spitfire pilot in World War II. This is and excellent work for anyone interested in military history.

Polish Spitfire Aces

Polish Spitfire Aces Author Wojtek Matusiak
ISBN-10 9781472808394
Release 2015-07-20
Pages 96
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Of all Allied airmen, Polish pilots had had the most experience of fighting the Luftwaffe by the time the war came to Britain. As the Battle of Britain raged, they quickly proved themselves as highly aggressive and skilful interceptors, especially when flying the famous Spitfire. The Polish Air Force eventually became the largest non-Commonwealth Spitfire operator, using some 1,500 Mks I, II, V, IX and XVI to devastating effect. Top scoring USAAF ace of the ETO, Francis "Gabby" Gabreski and a whole host of other Allied and Commonwealth aces flew with Polish squadrons, adding even more to their fighting quality. Conversely, several Polish pilots were attached to other Allied squadrons throughout the war, demonstrating their prowess alongside airmen from a whole host of nations. From an expert on Polish fighter aviation, this is a peerless account of the fiery, talented Polish "Spit" pilots, whose country had been overrun and whose aggression and determination to shoot down Axis aircraft was unmatched.

Spitfire Ace

Spitfire Ace Author Gordon Olive, DFC
ISBN-10 9781445644370
Release 2015-07-06
Pages 320
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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.

Ten Fighter Boys

Ten Fighter Boys Author Wing Commander Athol Forbes, D.F.C.
ISBN-10 9780007362462
Release 2010-01-21
Pages 224
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The extraordinary stories of ten fighter pilots, told in their very own words during the Second World War.

Little Friends

Little Friends Author Philip Kaplan
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105041128351
Release 1991
Pages 256
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A profile of the "Little Friends"--the nickname given to American and British pilots who escorted U.S. bombers into German-occupied Europe

Duxford 1940

Duxford 1940 Author Dilip Sarkar
ISBN-10 9781445609713
Release 2009-03-15
Pages 192
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The story of the Battle of Britain as experinced by the pilots who flew from Duxford air base in Cambridgeshire.

Life as a Battle of Britain Spitfire Pilot

Life as a Battle of Britain Spitfire Pilot Author Arthur Donahue
ISBN-10 9781445644745
Release 2015-06-15
Pages 96
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Summer 1940, Britain is on the brink, fewer than 3,000 RAF fighter pilots stand between Hitler's Luftwaffe and air supremacy over the skies of southern England - the prerequisite for a German invasion. What was it like to fly a Spitfire? To shoot down a German bomber over London? Or to be shot down by the closely matched Messerschmitt Me 109? This concise account of daily life in August and September 1940, written by a fighter pilot who fought in the Battle, is the ideal introduction to the story of the Battle of Britain. The book includes 43 contemporary colour and black-and-white photographs.

Darwin Spitfires

Darwin Spitfires Author Anthony Cooper
ISBN-10 9781473830073
Release 2013-10-23
Pages 516
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The Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942 are well-known to most Australians, although not perhaps to the rest of the world. What happened afterwards, however, remains unknown to many. This publication attempts to illuminate this little-known period of war history, charting the exploits, losses and successes of the RAF's No 1 Fighter Wing and the contribution they made to the allied war effort. The stalwart Spitfire is celebrated in a narrative that is sure to appeal widely.??For almost two years the airspace over North West Australia was routinely penetrated by Japanese raids, tallying about 70 in total. The 1942-43 air raids on Darwin constituted the only sustained and intensive direct assault on Australian mainland territory in the whole of World War II - and the whole history of post- 1788 Australia - yet, surprisingly, most Australians have no idea that it ever happened. And the rest of the world are yet more so in the dark.??Telling the story of the RAF'S No 1 Fighter Wing, composed of both Australian and British Spitfire pilots, Darwin Spitfires explores the little known 1943 season of air combat over the top end, recovering important aspects of Australian history. It brings to the attention of the world the heroic exploits of the skilled pilots who did so much to protect Australia and support the Allied effort. This important publication attempts to celebrate and commemorate the spirit of solidarity that characterized the experiences of No 1 Fighter Wing.??As featured in Aeroplane Monthly

The Making of a Spitfire Pilot

The Making of a Spitfire Pilot Author Gay Murphy
ISBN-10 1530085721
Release 2016-03-18
Pages 562
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This is the diary of a Spitfire Pilot who served in RAFVR before the war and then in the Battle of Britain and the European Theatre before being posted to Darwin in Australia to defend against Japanese attacks against the Northern Territories.

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.