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

Aviation > Royal Air Force Aviation > WWII > Battle of Britain Photographic eBooks WWII

By Philip Kaplan
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 3.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 100 black and white
ISBN: 9781783409020
Published: 18th October 2007


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The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans.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

Philip Kaplan is a Californian author and art-director who now lives in Cheltenham with his English wife, also an author. He has a long-standing fascination with aviation and naval history and has had ten previous books published by Abbeville, Cassell, Random House and Aurum. To date his books have sold well over a quarter of a million copies world-wide.

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