Life As A Battle Of Britain Pilot
Summer 1940, Britain is on the brink, fewer than 3,000 RAF fighter pilots stand between Hitlerâ s Luftwaffe and air supremacy over the skies of southern England â 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.
One of the great memoirs of World War Two, Zephyr House is please to republish this classic work, written by a spitfire pilot who fought in the Battle of Britain. With a life both harrowing and tragic, Hillary has long been remembered as a great pilot and
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.
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The true story of the youngest Spitfire pilot to fight in the Battle of Britain. Geoffrey Wellum was just 18 when he was thrown into combat as a fighter pilot in the terrifying air war of the Battle of Britain. Now seventy years on and aged 89, he is still haunted by the conflict that almost destroyed him. Based on his personal, deeply moving memoirs, "First Light" is an intimate drama-documentary that delivers a compelling testimony of Geoffrey "Boy" Wellum's (Sam Heughan, "Any Human Heart") wartime experiences, revisiting the stark emotions and fiery action that dazzled and terrified him as a young man and changed his life forever.
Originally published during the war in 1942, this is the other side of the mirror from the philosophical flight record of authors such as Antoine de Saint Exupery. It is a literal, daily record of an English fighter pilot of 23 years fighting in the Battle of Britain, giving a truly authentic picture of life on a squadron in those times. Gleed details his first sortie in 1939, his breakdown not so long after, his return to the RAF and battles over France, his exploits in the Battle of Britain, becoming an ace, downing Messerschmitts, and eventually being awarded the DFC for his service as leader and fighter.
The Battle of Britain memoir of Hurricane pilot Barry Sutton, DFC. At 23 years of age, Barry Sutton had experienced more than the average person experiences in a lifetime. This book, based on a diary he kept during the Battle of Britain, covers September 1939 to September 1940 during which time based at North Weald one of Fighter Command's most important fighter stations, he shot down 3 German fighters and was shot down twice himself.