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Ten Fighter Boys by Wing Commander Athol…

Ten Fighter Boys (1942)

by Wing Commander Athol Forbes

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Much better than I expected, actually. Gripping first-hand stories of the reality of life in a Spitfire squadron, not all excitement but plenty of waiting, frustration and boredom, written by the young pilots themselves, not by professional authors. Some died even before the first edition was published in 1942. I'm always interested in period slang. "Peelow" and "bogle" were new to me, as was "weaver" describing a particular role in squadron flying formation. Some interesting snippets on dog-fighting tactics. Quite real and gritty. ( )
  johnthefireman | Jun 6, 2012 |
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To the Memory of PETER STUDD, KEN GILLIES, GEORGE CORBETT, Sgt. SMITH, JOHHNY MATHER, MAXY MAXWELL, BUTCH BAKER, MOULDY MILDREN, PETER KING, Flight-Sergent HAYMAN, Sgt. ROB TAYLOR, Sgt. GREEN, Sgt. CLAUDE PARSONS, TED HOGG, PICKLE PICKERING and BOGLE BODIE, all of the old squadron, who lost their lives as they would have wished, flying SPITFIRES in defence of their country, is this book very humbly dedicated.
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The extraordinary stories of ten fighter pilots, told in their very own words during the Second World War. First published by Collins in 1942, this utterly compelling collection of first-hand accounts of ten fighter pilots' experiences at the helm of the Spitfires of 66 Squadron paints one of the most realistic depictions of the battle for the skies over wartime Europe. Offering incredible personal insights into the wartime experience - both in the air and on the ground - the stories are told with unaffected zest, by men who were living in the constant presence of death. Five of the original contributors were killed before the book was originally printed, including the books editors, Wing Commander Athol Forbes and Squadron Leader Hubert Allen. Jimmy Corbin, the last surviving contributor and author of the foreword, passed away in December 2012. Written right in the middle of the war, in the pilots' own words, Ten Fighter Pilots is a truly original and unique account of a terrifying time.… (more)

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