Spies In The Sky : The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence during World War II
SPIES IN THE SKY is the thrilling, little-known story of the partner organisation to the famous code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park. It is the story of the daring reconnaissance pilots who took aerial photographs over Occupied Europe during the most dangerous days of the Second World War, and of the photo interpreters who invented a completely new science to analyse those pictures. They were inventive and ingenious; they pioneered the development of 3D photography and their work provided vital intelligence throughout the war.With a whole host of colourful characters at its heart, from the legendary pilot Adrian 'Warby' Warburton, who went missing while on a mission, to photo interpreters Glyn Daniel, later a famous television personality, and Winston Churchill's daughter, Sarah, SPIES IN THE SKY is compelling reading and the first full account of the story of aerial photography and the intelligence gleaned from it in nearly fifty years.
- Electronic book text
- 15 Sep 2011
- Little, Brown Book Group
- United Kingdom
- Digital original
- Section: 16, b/w photos
Spies in the Sky gives a new perspective to some of the most famous moments of the conflict. * Robert McCrum, Observer * Spies in the Sky fills in a huge gap in Second World War historiography in both an exciting and intellectually stimulating way. * Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War * Taylor Downing's brilliant research has created a ripping yarn. * Kevin Wilson, Sunday Express * A fascinating read and a significant contribution to the history of the Second World War. * Professor David Reynolds, author of In Command of History * Spies in the Sky . . . combines the breathless courage of pilots . . . with the mild eccentricity of RAF Medmenham. * Sinclair McKay, Daily Telegraph *
About Taylor Downing
Taylor Downing was educated at Cambridge and went on to become Managing Director and Head of History at Flashback Television.