The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few

The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few

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By (author) Christopher Yeoman, By (author) Geoffrey Wellum, Illustrated by David Pritchard

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  • Publisher: Fighting High Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 278mm x 16mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Hitchin
  • ISBN 10: 0956269648
  • ISBN 13: 9780956269645
  • Sales rank: 794,549

Product description

The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few is an exceptional tribute to the small group of legendary pilots that served with the Royal Air Force through one of the most critical periods of the Second World War. Portraits of the Few contains over 60 colour illustrations, capturing the images and character of the military aviators who were designated the 'Few' by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Accompanying the portraits, painted by artist David Pritchard, are action filled accounts written by Second World War aviation author Christopher Yeoman, recounting gripping combats and ferocious encounters as the respective men successfully resist the might of the Luftwaffe. Indeed the aerial battle fought during the long and glorious summer of 1940 is now viewed as one of the most decisive episodes in all of British history. Each and every day proved consequential, ultimately shaping the island's future. It was a struggle which will never be forgotten by the wartime population of Great Britain; it will never be forgotten for generations to come. The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few celebrates the airmen's legacy and is a unique tribute to this group of extraordinary men. Battle of Britain fighter pilot Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC on receiving his own portrait: "Thank you so very much for the truly excellent water colour, the likeness is remarkable. I was touched and became slightly emotional when I first opened the box and there I was looking back at myself all those years ago."

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Christopher Yeoman is a military aviation author from Farnborough, Hampshire.

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An exceptional tribute ... impressive book ... action filled accounts ... superb profiles of individual pilots ... The anecdotes, memories and combat reports are fascinating and evocative. (Flypast magazine) ... something surprisingly different ... portrayed with stark clarity ... expressive paintings ... His portrait is amongst the most moving of all. (Britain at War magazine)

Table of contents

Foreword Preface Introduction The Battle of Britain Portraits of the Few Group Captain Billy Drake, DSO, DFC*, DFC (USA) Squadron Leader Frank Joyce, MBE Squadron Leader Peter Dawbarn Wing Commander John Freeborn, DFC* Flight Lieutenant Gordon Parkin Wing Commander Wilf Sizer, DFC Wing Commander Peter Ayerst, DFC Wing Commander Bob Doe, DSO, DFC*, Air Commodore Pete Brothers, DSO, DFC*, Group Captain Allan Wright, DFC*, AFC Flight Lieutenant John Greenwood Wing Commander Paul Farnes, DFM Air Commodore James Coward, AFC Sergeant Pilot Bill Green Squadron Leader Gerald Stapleton, DFC, DFC (DUTCH) Flight Lieutenant William Walker Air Commodore John Ellacombe, DFC*, CB Squadron Leader Nigel Rose Flight Lieutenant Richard Jones Flight Lieutenant Keith Lawrence, DFC Flight Lieutenant Mike Croskell Wing Commander George Unwin, DSO, DFM*, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum, DFC Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC*, AFC, BRONZE STAR (USA) Wing Commander Terence Kane Wing Commander Bob Foster, DFC Squadron Leader Tony Iveson, DFC Group Captain Herbert Pinfold Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser, DFC Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs Squadron Leader Robert Kings Squadron Leader Tony Pickering Squadron Leader Cyril Bamberger, DFC* Wing Commander Peter Olver, DFC Squadron Leader Jocelyn Millard Squadron Leader Graham Leggett Air Commodore Charles Widdows, DFC Warrant Officer David Denchfield Flying Officer Jimmy Corbin Flight Lieutenant Trevor Gray Squadron Leader Neville Duke, DSO DFC**, OBE, AFC, MILITARY CROSS (CZECH) Squadron Leader William John Johnson, DFC* Group Captain Byron Duckenfield, AFC Epilogue Friends Remembered Acknowledgements Bibliography