Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940

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Penguin, Jul 27, 2004 - History - 448 pages
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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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User Review  - Karstein Skundberg - Goodreads

A fantastic and true story of all the young boys in their Hurricanes and Spitfires took to their wings, outnumbered, but determined to stem Gørings hordes of Heinkels, Messerschmitts and Dorniers ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer Zartman - 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 ... Read full review


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
8 Dunkirk
10 Before the Storm
12 The Hun
14 Attrition
15 Brotherhood
16 The Day Had Been a Year
17 Autumn Sunset
18 Rhubarbs and Circuses

9 Doing It

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About the author (2004)

Patrick Bishop, associate editor at the "Daily Telegraph" (London), is the originator of the television series "The Irish Empire" and the author of the highly acclaimed book "The Provisional IRA," A foreign correspondent who covered the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, Bishop has also written books about the Falklands conflict and the Gulf War.

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