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Scramble! (Paperback)

The Memoir of Britain's Most-Decorated RAF Fighter Pilot

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By Wg Cdr J R D ‘Bob’ Braham, Foreword by Prof Richard Overy
Greenhill Books
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781784386702
Published: 1st September 2021


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J. R. D. ‘Bob’ Braham was Britain’s most-decorated fighter pilot and one of the most successful fighter pilots of World War II.

Joining the RAF in 1938 at the age of 18, he was posted to No. 29 Squadron at Debdon, where he learned to fly the Hawker Hurricane and Bristol Blenheim. By 1939, the squadron had become a specialised night fighting unit and Braham gained his first victory in August 1940.

From that point on, he was constantly in action. Famed for his individual night-time intruder sorties, he also took part in the Peenemiinde raid, the Battle of Britain, and the fight against the V1s and V2s during the Blitz. In 1943, battle fatigued, he moved into an operational role but continued to fly operations until June 1944 when he was shot down and captured. Having completed 316 missions, he spent the next eleven months as a Prisoner of War, and was finally liberated in May 1945.

With 29 confirmed combat victories, Braham achieved more success in night fighting than almost any other RAF pilot and was awarded the triple Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), the triple Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Air Force Cross (AFC). Told in his own words, with all the spirit and dynamism for which he was known as a pilot, this is Braham’s extraordinary story.

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About Wg Cdr J R D ‘Bob’ Braham

John Randall Daniel ‘Bob’ Braham, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Two Bars, AFC, CD was a Royal Air Force night fighter pilot and fighter ace during the Second World War. Born in 1920 in Holcomb, Somerset, he joined the RAF in 1938 and went on to become the most highly decorated fighter pilot of the Second World War. After the war, he emigrated to Canada with his family. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force before moving into the civil service, where he worked until his death from an undiagnosed brain tumour in 1974, aged 53.

About Prof Richard Overy

Professor Richard Overy is a British historian and a Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has published several books on Nazi Germany and World War II including a biography of Hermann Göring, Goering: Hitler’s Iron Knight. In 2001, he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society of Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the British Academy, and of King’s College London.

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