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Spitfire Voices: Life as a Spitfire Pilot in the Words of the Veterans

Spitfire Voices: Life as a Spitfire Pilot in the Words of the Veterans

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By (author) Dilip Sarkar

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 24 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 144560695X
  • ISBN 13: 9781445606958
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 376,320

Product description

Spitfire Voices represents an important oral history of the Spitfire from the fighter pilot's perspective. Drawing upon the personal letters, diaries and memories of their families and comrades, the author recounts the deeply moving stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The book features the whole range of combat experienced by Spitfire pilots, from air combat to ground attack, deck-landings, crashes and bail-outs, victories and defeats. Copiously illustrated with photographs from the albums of the pilots concerned, Spitfire Voices represents exactly what it was like flying to war in a Spitfire - in the words of those who lived to tell their tales. includes 169 photographs

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Dilip Sarkar He has published over thirty books on the Battle of Britain, titles which include the only biographical works formally endorsed by the families of Douglas Bader. A retired policeman, 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.

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A new and excellent book. Sarkar has, for many years, interviewed veterans and analysed the records of the air war in WW2... essential reading.' SPITFIRE: THE JOURNAL OF THE SPITFIRE SOCIETY. The first-hand combat experiences of Spitfire pilots from throughout the Second World War and in all theatres. 'I prepared my sights and set my gun button to "fire". The two specks were aircraft. Me 109s. I prepared for action - I was ready for a fight.' CEDRIC STONE, Spitfire Pilot, 48 Squadron, seven 'kills'.