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    DescriptionSpitfire and Hurricane fighter pilots recount their experiences of combat during the Battle of Britain. 2,927 aircrew of RAF Fighter Command fought and won the Battle of Britain in 1940, 544 lost their lives in action. They flew to battle in Spitfires and Hurricanes, Defiants and Blenheims, although it is the two former fighter types - single-seaters both - that still inspire and capture our imagination. The legendary legless fighter 'ace' Douglas Bader once said that the Battle of Britain was 'not won by a few aces, but by the average squadron pilot who collectively did their bit.' One of those men, Peter Fox, described himself and his fellows as mere 'also rans' - but clearly, without them, Fighter Command could not have prevailed. In this book, Dilip Sarkar relates their stories, researched through personal interviews, correspondence and contemporary archive material. Many of the pilots featured became 'aces' in the Battle of Britain, others achieved such status afterwards whilst others went into action only to be instantly blasted out of the sky without even having seen the enemy. Their collective experience, however, is typical of those who flew Spitfires and Hurricanes in 1940.


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    Title
    Last of the Few
    Subtitle
    18 Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Tell Their Extraordinary Stories
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Dilip Sarkar
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848684355
    ISBN 10: 1848684355
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    DC22: 940.54211
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS027120
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    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DB
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    LC classification: D756.5.B7 S273 2010
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JWCM, NHD, NHWL, JWLF
    Publisher
    Amberley Publishing
    Imprint name
    Amberley Publishing
    Publication date
    02 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Chalford
    Author Information
    Fascinated by the Battle of Britain since childhood, Dilip Sarkar remains both moved and inspired by the story of Churchill's fabled Few, those young airmen who stood between freedom and a Britain dominated by Nazi Germany. Since the 1970s he has met and interviewed more Battle of Britain pilots than any other historian. He has researched the subject thoroughly and has published over twenty books, including The Few: The Story of the Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots ('A well-researched, detailed chronicle of the Battle of Britain - written by the men who fought so bravely to repulse the German raiders' HUGH SEBAG-MONTEFIORE), The Battle of Britain: The Photographic Kaleidoscope ('An excellent book' LADY BADER), Bader's Tangmere Spitfires ('A most diligent and carefully researched account' JOHNNIE JOHNSON, the RAF's top scoring fighter ace in WW2), Fighter Pilot ('This book deserves to achieve success' DAME VERA LYNN). In 2003, Dilip was made an MBE for services to aviation history, and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006. He lives in Worcester.
    Review quote
    GEORGE 'GRUMPY' UNWIN, Battle of Britain fighter ace: 'Dilip knows more about me and the pilots with whom I flew during the Battle of Britain than we do! If anyone ever needs to know anything about the RAF during the summer of 1940, don't ask the Few, ask him!' PETER TOWNSEND, Battle of Britain fighter ace: 'Dilip Sarkar understands perfectly the mysteries of air tactics and strategy, enabling him write authoritatively, lively and deeply touching stories of those days when friend and foe met in the air'.
    Table of contents
    Introduction Chapter One Squadron Leader Brian Lane DFC Chapter Two Flight Lieutenant Peter Brothers DFC Chapter Three Pilot Officer Keith Lawrence DFC Chapter Four Pilot Officer 'Bunny' Currant Chapter Five Flight Sergeant George Unwin DFM Chapter Six Sergeant Geoffrey Stevens Chapter Seven Pilot Officer William Walker Chapter Eight Pilot Officer Harry Welford Chapter Nine Sergeant Reg Nutter Chapter Ten Sergeant David Cox Chapter Eleven Sergeants Peter Fox and Denis Nichols Chapter Twelve Pilot Officer Richard Jones Chapter Thirteen Sergeant 'Mike' Bush Chapter Fourteen Sergeant Tony Pickering Chapter Fifteen Sergeant Jack Stokoe Chapter Sixteen Sergeant Ken Wilkinson Chapter Seventeen Pilot Officer Wallace Cunningham DFC List of Illustrations Index