Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of the Battle of Britain

Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of the Battle of Britain


1939. The conflict for the skies of england has simply began.

At the outbreak of the second one international struggle D. M. criminal, of No. 609 Squadron AAF, used to be at Yeadon, nonetheless present process his education; by way of the wintry weather of 1939-40, he had his wings.

Successfully making use of to come to his Squadron, then on defence tasks in northern England, criminal started to familiarise himself with their new fighter: the Spitfire.

Soon they have been published to RAF Northolt, and it used to be at the present that criminal, a lot to his chagrin, used to be left grounded, present process knee surgical procedure as they flew over Dunkirk.

Following the Allied evacuation from France, criminal lower back to the air and located himself dealing with the relentless sorties because the skies above Britain reworked right into a battlefield.

In one relatively frank passage, criminal recounts how he mistakenly shot down a Blenheim, happening to demonstrate how effortless it was once for pilots to misidentify plane.

‘Spitfire Pilot’ is a notable account of 1 officer’s existence in 609 Squadron, the thrill, the anxieties and the camaraderie, in the course of some of the most well-known battles of the second one international conflict.

‘Crook and his colleagues devoted acts of unbelievable bravery opposed to the German plane. Many didn't make it and the writer describes the ansence they depart within the squadron with nice poignancy. His descriptions of aerial clash will infrequently be bettered.’ journal

'A exceptional first-hand account of the lifetime of a fighter pilot earlier than and through the conflict of Britain.' Spectator

'A particular own perception into some of the sessions of the battle ... i can't suggest this hugely enough.' international struggle II journal

Flt. Lt. David Moore criminal, D.F.C. (1914-1944) used to be commissioned into the Auxiliary Air strength in September 1938, as an appearing Pilot Officer. In could 1940 he used to be promoted Pilot Officer, in December of a similar yr Flight Officer, ahead of achieving the rank of Flight Lieutenant a 12 months later. one in all ‘The Few’ who fought within the conflict of england, the place he received the D.F.C., in December 1944 he did not go back to base: his Spitfire used to be pronounced to have dived into the ocean. he's venerated at the Runnymede Memorial.

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