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Fighter Boys: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)

by Patrick Bishop

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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. ( )
  lamour | May 14, 2013 |
Factual, detailed account of the evolution of Fighter Command in the wake of WWI and the part played by "The Few" in the Battle of Britain and beyond. Good description of daily life, both service and private. ( )
  DramMan | Jan 27, 2013 |
One of the best history books I've read - ever. And as for an insight into the grim realities for the men for whom this was their finest hour it is 'unputdownable'. Written with the pace and excitement of a novel, it combines historical accuracy with personal accounts from those on, and over, the airfield aprons . Probably the best book yet on this topic. ( )
  liehtzu | Apr 20, 2010 |
This is the story of the fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain during World War II. It show the terrible grinding decimation of constant warfare against odds. Every day they flew against odds and usually came back one or more short. Death became a commonplace for men who knew they would fly to defend their country again and again,

If I have a complaint about the book it is that there was not a picture or perhaps better a diagram of every plane mentioned. There were pictures of the three main fighters involved but one day the names of all those aircraft will be only names. I think the book should have been illustrated with all the aircraft involved.

The book was very readable and not too long, I can recommend it to anyone who wants a brief history of a pivotal event in human affairs.
  xenchu | Feb 21, 2010 |
Really captures the spirit of the time ( )
  chicjohn | Dec 3, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0006532047, Paperback)

In the summer of 1940, the future of Britain and the free world depended on the morale and skill of the young men of Fighter Command. This is their story. The Battle of Britain is one of the most crucial battles ever fought, and the victory of Fighter Command over the Luftwaffe has always been celebrated as a classic feat of arms. But, as Patrick Bishop shows in this superb history, it was also a triumph of the spirit in which the attitudes of the pilots themselves played a crucial part. Reaching beyond the myths to convey the fear and exhilaration of life on this most perilous of frontlines, Patrick Bishop offers an intimate and compelling account that is a soaring tribute to the exceptional young men of Fighter Command.

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The Battle of Britain, fought in the skies over Britain during the summer of 1940, was one of the most crucial battles ever fought. Patrick Bishop creates a surprising portrait of the battle drawing on previously unseen source material and testimonies from survivors on both sides.… (more)

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