The Sky Suspended: A Fighter Pilot's Story

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005 - History - 184 pages
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In 1939, at the age of nineteen, Jim Bailey was conscripted into the RAF to train as a fighter pilot. What happened over the next five years to Jim and the men he met, the men who fought, died, and survived, is related with candor and quiet modesty in this book. It describes the youthful heroism of his companions, and he captures the atmosphere of everyday life on the ground in wartime Britain, as well as the air battles.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Preface
7
1 Why War?
9
2 My Country Background
11
3 RAF Training
17
4 Advanced Training
25
Waiting for the Invasion
31
6 A Greenhorns Battle of Britain
36
18 The Shetland Islands and Peterhead
105
19 The Death of Gordon
111
20 Fowling
116
21 The North African Convoy
120
Americas Air Force
126
23 Wings For Victory Week in the West of Scotland
130
24 Journey to Gibraltar
134
25 From Gibraltar to Italy
139

KirtoninLindsay and Gravesend
45
8 Typical of NightPatrolling
54
9 The Night Attacks Spring 1941
58
10 The Airborne Searchlight
67
11 The George and Dragon
72
12 Is Courage Cumulative?
76
West Mailing
79
The AirGunners Posted Away and Killed
83
15 Baedeker Raids Against Bath
88
16 Chasing German Reconnaissance Aircraft
92
Attacking a Reconnaissance Ju 88
100
26 Private Warfare
142
February 1944
146
Spring 1944
151
29 The Breakout from Anzio
157
30 The Landing in the South of France
162
31 The Line Reaches Leghorn
166
32 Return to England
170
33 The End
174
34 The Substitute for War
180
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Jim Bailey flew fighters throughout World War II, from the Battle of Britain through Gibraltar and the Anzio beach-head to the landing in the south of France. During his lifetime, Jim Bailey also published a collection of poetry and works of anthropology.

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