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RAF Aircraft of the Battle of Britain (ePub)

Aviation > Aircraft > Spitfires & Hurricanes Aviation > Royal Air Force Aviation > WWII > Battle of Britain

By Lee Chapman
Imprint: Key Publishing
File Size: 4.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781802820515
Published: 13th April 2022


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The Battle of Britain is widely considered to be Britain’s finest hour. The ‘Few’ who so bravely fought to save the nation will not be forgotten, nor will they be around forever to recount the heroism of the summer of 1940 first-hand. In contrast, the number of restored and preserved aircraft in our museums and skies is at an all-time high. Authentic warbirds have never been better cared for and formations of 15 or more Spitfires and half a dozen Hurricanes are not unheard of at UK air shows. It is now left to the sights and sounds of these surviving aircraft to remind us of the sacrifices, daring and bravery of those who saved Britain from imminent invasion in 1940. This book features a brief history of all the front-line RAF fighter aircraft that were involved in the famous battle and explores some of the major training and support aeroplanes that contributed to the iconic events. The story is told using over 160 photographs of surviving and restored aircraft in the air, on the ground and in unique formations together.

"This is a profusely illustrated book, containing over 160 photographs, and is thoroughly recommended for reading and reference."

IPMS Magazine - Issue 1: 2024

Lee Chapman is an excellent photographer and writer who has taken it upon himself to document in photographs many of the historic aircraft
still surviving and flying in the UK.

This volume covers not only “the usual suspects”, that is the Spitfire and Hurricane, but also the trainers and support aircraft which enabled the front-line pilots to gain their skills in the first place. The Bristol Beaufighter is also included with the first example having been delivered in August 1940.

Those of us lucky enough to live in the UK and who are able to visit museums like Old Warden and Duxford will be familiar with many of these individual aircraft; indeed I have photographed
many of them myself; however I have to say that
unless you are as good a photographer as the late Alex Whittaker, the pictures in this book will be better than most of yours! Whilst the text is
necessarily brief, pride of place rightly being given to the superb photographs, it is very informative. Any aeromodeller interested in aircraft of this period should have this book.

Aeromodeller February 2023

About Lee Chapman

Lee Chapman is a Staffordshire-based photographer who covers many aspects of photography but has a real passion for historic aviation. He has worked at several major UK air shows as a media photographer and reviewer for Airscene.com. His images have achieved numerous accolades and awards and his Lancaster Bomber image can be seen adorning the official Battle of Britain Memorial Flight merchandise. With over 15 years of experience as a lecturer in adult education, Lee also offers several photography workshops through his company, Chappers Photography, where he runs a range of photography courses including delivering the RAF Museum’s aviation photography training events.

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