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Fighter Aces of the RAF in the Battle of Britain (Paperback)

WWII Aviation Battle of Britain Photographic Books Royal Air Force

By Philip Kaplan
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 100 black and white
ISBN: 9781526774996
Published: 1st March 2021


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This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary RAF fighter aces during the Battle of Britain. It explains why only a small minority of pilots those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. It surveys the skills that a successful fighter pilot must have a natural aptitude for flying, marksmanship, keen eyesight and the way in which fighter tactics have developed. The book examines the history of the classic fighter aircraft that were flown, such as the Spitfire and Hurricane, and examines each types characteristics, advantages and disadvantages in combat.

The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans.

The pilots included are Robert Stanford Tuck, Adolph Sailor Malan, Geoffrey Page, Al Deere, Peter Townsend and Brian Kingcome.

Buy this book if you want to settle down to pass time with the deeds and misadventures of some distinguished RAF fighter pilots. Lockdown reading perhaps. Any obsessive (I raise my hand) who has read the memoirs and biographies of most of the pilots involved will find much which is familiar, but the author has collected varied material in one place.

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Battle of Britain Memorial Trust website

'This is a well written book with a good selection of photographs and makes an ideal background source and companion to any Battle of Britain period research. Recommended.'

Military Aircraft Monthly Magazine

About Philip Kaplan

Art director / designer / photographer Philip Kaplan was drawn to the derelict remains of the Second World War in England and Europe. He has photographed air bases, battlefield sites, monuments, the Normandy invasion beaches, the Atlantic Wall defences and the U-boat pen shelters. Author of more than forty books on aviation, military and naval subjects, his first book One Last Look—A Sentimental Journey to the Eighth Air Force Heavy Bomber Bases of World War Two England sold more than 80,000 copies. While he was Graphics Director of Architectural Digest magazine in Los Angeles his work was recognised by the American Society of Magazine Editors with their Award for Visual Excellence and he is a recipient of many awards from the art director’s clubs of New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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