The Sky Suspended

The Sky Suspended : A Fighter Pilot's Story

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In 1939, at the age of nineteen, Jim Bailey was conscripted into the RAF to train as a fighter pilot. What happened over the next five years to Jim and the men he met, the men who fought, died and survived, is related with candour and quiet modesty in this book. It describes the youthful heroism of his companions, and he captures the atmosphere of everyday life on the ground in wartime Britain, as well as the air more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 14mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747577730
  • 9780747577737
  • 1,073,821

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'A haunting book ... brilliant' Financial Mail 'It is worthy to stand with the best of air-war memoirs. I've never read a book that was anything like it' Samuel Hynes 'As poignant [a piece of aviation literature] as I have ever read' Sunday Correspondent 'The best airmen are mostly simple people ... but occasionally there arises one, a poet, a philosopher, who succeeds in lending coherent reason to their love ... every airman of our age will feel [Jim Bailey has] given wings to his inmost thoughts' Group Captain Peter Townsendshow more

About Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey flew fighters throughout World War II, from the Battle of Britain through Gibraltar and the Anzio beach-head to the landing in the south of France. During his lifetime, Jim Bailey also published a collection of poetry and works of more

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