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Spitfire Ace of Aces: The Album (Hardback)

The Photographs of Johnnie Johnson

WWII Aviation Aviation in WWII Spitfires & Hurricanes Photographic Books Colour Books

By Dilip Sarkar MBE
Imprint: Air World
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 300 colour images
ISBN: 9781526791665
Published: 2nd July 2021


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Air Vice-Marshal James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson CB, CBE, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Bar, DL was a character literally from the pages of Boys’ Own: an individual who became the RAF’s top-scoring fighter pilot of the Second World War. A one-time household name synonymous with the superlative Spitfire, Johnnie’s aerial combat successes inspired schoolboys for generations.

As a ‘lowly Pilot Officer’, Johnnie Johnson learned his fighter pilot’s craft as a protégé of the legless Tangmere Wing Leader, Douglas Bader. After Bader was brought down over France and captured on 9 August 1941, Johnnie remained a member of 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron, in which he became a flight commander and was awarded the DFC a month after Bader’s devastating loss.

In time, Johnnie came to command a Canadian wing in 1943, when the Spitfire Mk.IX at last outclassed the Fw 190, and participated in some of the most important battles of the defeat of Nazi Germany, including Operation Overlord and the D-Day landings in 1944, Operation Market Garden and the airborne assault at Arnhem, and the Rhine Crossings, throughout all of which Johnnie also commanded Canadian wings.

Johnnie’s remarkable career is revealed through this unparalleled collection of archive photographs, the majority of which are drawn from his own personal album or from other members of the Johnson family. Many have not been published before. Between them, they present a fascinating insight into the man himself, the machines he flew, and the men he served alongside.

"A new and thrilling
perspective on the famous
ace’s service during the
war is offered by this
picture book comprising
approximately 300 photos, some not previously
published. Most of the
images are from Johnson’s personal collection and the scrapbooks of his family, while the remainder come from friends and
archives. The snapshots have been selected, chronologically sequenced and captioned by Dilip
Sarkar, a military aviation historian
and close friend of Johnson’s.
This rich compilation is an absolute treasure, showcasing
Johnson in a variety of settings, both posed and captured

Phillip Handleman - Aviation History, March 2022

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RAF News - September 10th 2021

Superb Stories like this were regularly featured in the stunning picture story strips in the comics I read as a young boy - legendary heroes of WWII brought to life by the incredible artistic talents of the men who drew their stories in my Lion, Tiger, Wizard and Hotspur comics. An incredible story of Johnnie Johnson - one of the truly great air aces of WWII.

Books Monthly

"Modelers and uniform junkies who want lots of photos of WWII RAF pilots and ground crew with a smattering of celebrities will rejoice with the publication of Johnnie Johnson's photograph collection."

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Royal Air Force News - September 10th, 2021

A fascinating collection of black and white photographs, telling the life story - a ‘true-life boy’s own adventure’ - of British WWII fighter ace ‘Johnnie’ Johnson.

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 Dilip Sarkar MBE

About Dilip Sarkar MBE

Driven by his passion to research and share the stories of casualties and record the human experience of war, DILIP SARKAR is a best-selling author whose work is highly regarded globally. A noted expert on the Battle of Britain period, who enjoyed a long and very personal relationship with the Few, Dilip was made an MBE in 2003 for ‘services to aviation history’, and, in 2006, elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society. He is a sought-after, dynamic speaker whose enthusiasm is infectious, presenting at many prestigious venues, including the Imperial War Museum Duxford, RAF Museums Hendon and Cosford, National Memorial Arboretum, Oxford University, Bentley Priory Museum and Airborne Museum, Oosterbeek. Dilip’s work has been exhibited internationally and he continues to work on TV documentaries, on and off camera. 

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Air Vice-Marshal Johnnie Johnson – a policeman’s son from Leicestershire – ended the Second World War as the RAF’s top-scoring fighter pilot. Fearless, and an exceptional pilot and marksman, Johnnie was also highly intelligent and a gifted writer. Having published two of his own books, Wing Leader and The Circle of Air Fighting, during the 1980s and 1990s, Johnnie co-authored several more with another fighter ace, namely Wing Commander P.B. ‘Laddie’ Lucas. In 1997, the ‘AVM’ suggested to his friend, the prolific author Dilip Sarkar, that the pair should collaborate on The Great…

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