Duxford and the Big Wings 1940-45 (Hardback)
RAF and USAAF Fighter Pilots at War
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A pulsating account of the young RAF and American fighter boys who flew Spitfires, Hurricanes, Thunderbolts and Mustangs during 1940-45. It is unique in that the story is told using first person accounts from RAF, German and American 'Eagles' who fought in the skies over England in the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940 and the great air offensives over occupied-Europe from 1942 onwards. The first five and a half chapters cover the Battle of Britain period when the RAF squadrons fought dog fights with the Luftwaffe and then fought them in gathering strength using the 'Big Wings to meet the bomber fleets attacking London. The second part of the book covers the Eagle squadron period, which was expanded with America's entry into the war. The action moves to the USAAF 'Big Wings' of Thunderbolts and Mustang fighters that flew escort missions and duelled with the Luftwaffe over the continent during the massive bomber raids on German targets in France, the Low Countries and the Reich itself. A whole host of incredible first hand accounts by British, Polish, Czech, German and American fighter pilots permeate the action and describe the aerial battles as only they can. This unique book also includes many accounts and photos that have not previously been seen before while the rich mix of combat accounts from all sides are brought together for the first time in one volume.
This is a history of air offensives conducted by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force during World War II. The work chronicles events between 1940 and 1945, the first half of the text focusing on the Battle of Britain, and the second detailing the Eagle Squadron period. Bowman, a British aviation author, uses first person accounts from British, German and American fighter pilots to explore this dramatic period of military aviation history. The volume contains two sections of high quality black and white photographs and extensive chapter notes. Readers interested in World War II aviation history will appreciate the thoroughness of this account.Book News