Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940 (Google eBook)
For 123 days in the summer of 1940, 3,000 youthful airmen in the Royal Air Force fought back against Hitler’s advancing forces with a heroism that astonished the world. Drawing on interviews with scores of surviving pilots as well as diaries and letters never before seen, military historian and journalist Patrick Bishop re-creates with astonishing intimacy and clarity this excruciating, exhilarating war of nerves. In their own words, the pilots describe what it was like to bale out from a stricken plane, to go into battle in the face of overwhelming odds, to hear the screams of a comrade as he went down in flames. With a riveting, taut narrative, Fighter Boys relates how those young heroes changed the course of World War II—and the history of the modern world.
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A wonderful tribute to members of the RAF who fought in the Battle of Britain. Bishop uses letters, diaries, interviews to tell what it was like to go up to face the huge masses of German airplanes day after day. He also includes the memories of the men & women who support the flyers via their work on the ground repairing aircraft, typing documents, running the plot room and more. Bishop begins the book by looking at how air war commenced in WW I and the how Germany & England prepared for the air war of WW II. Hard to put down. The famous names are here such a Bader, Townsend, Deere and Tuck but more importantly, the experiences of the less known are also here taken from their letters and diaries and memories of people who knew and loved them.
Review: Fighter BoysUser Review - Goodreads
If you want to know nitty-gritty details about the role of the RAF in World War II, this book is for you. Patrick Bishop researched the topic meticulously and built the picture of the war in pixels of ...
Battle of Britain: A day-to-day chronicle, 10 July-31 October 1940
No preview available - 2013
The White Hart
2 Fighters versus Bombers
3 Free of Boundaries Free of Gravity Free of Ties
4 The Fatal Step
5 Winter of Uncertainty
6 Return to the Western Front
7 The Battle of France
10 Before the Storm
12 The Hun
16 The Day Had Been a Year
17 Autumn Sunset
18 Rhubarbs and Circuses
9 Doing It