Spitfire Saga

Spitfire Saga : Rodney Scrase DFC

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Rodney Scrase's life in the RAF began in an old airship shed where he took the King's shilling in May 1941. He learnt to fly at a BFTS in America and went on the fly Spitfires with No 72 and No 1 Squadrons, finally being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. He was released from service with a record of 4 destroyed and 3 damaged, having taken part in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Italy and a stint as an instructor in the art of air to air gunnery in Egypt before finishing the war flying escort missions with No 1 Squadron from Manston in Kent. Spitfire Saga uses Rodney logbooks and first hand interviews with him and several other pilots. Angus Mansfield presents the unique story of one man's experience of flying the most iconic aircraft of World War II. Complete with thorough historical context and a true insider view of life as an RAF fighter pilot, this book is an excellent addition to any history enthusiast's library.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 238 x 28mm | 621.42g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0752457020
  • 9780752457024
  • 1,721,074

About Angus Mansfield

Angus Mansfield has long been a military aviation enthusiast, but a particular interest was sparked by his late grandfather's flying log book which was passed to him by his grandmother. It was the inspiration for his book Barney Barnfather: Life on a Spitfire Squadron, when then led to his meeting Rodney Scrase, a pilot who had flown with his grandfather during the Second World War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Their subsequent interviews form the basis of this book. Angus is married to Sue, with whom he has two children, Charlotte and Thomas. He lives in Bristol.show more