The Battle of Britain memoir of Hurricane pilot Barry Sutton, DFC. At twenty-three years of age, Barry Sutton had experienced more than the average person experiences in a lifetime. This book, based on a diary he kept during the Battle of Britain, covers September 1939 to September 1940 during which time based at North Weald, one of Fighter Command's most important fighter stations, he shot down three German fighters and was shot down twice himself. It is also the story of his family, his wife whom he married in the midst of the epic air battle and who helped him survive the horrific injuries he sustained after bailing out of his burning Hurricane fighter plane.
Barry Sutton shot down three enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain, and four more later in the war in Burma. He went on to serve in the RAF for 29 years and ended his career as a Group Captain. He lived out his retirement with his wife on the Isle of Jersey and died in 1988.
Introduction from Caroline Sutton Abbreviations Author's Note Introducing Barry by Lovat Dickson 1. Sergeant Pilot Barry Sutton 2. Training 3. Going Solo 4. Move to Nottingham 5. Volunteer Reserve 6. R.A.F. 7. 56 Squadron, North Weald 8. August 1939 9. Phoney War 10. First Encounter 11. Martlesham 12. The Calm Before the Storm, Christmas 1939 - Spring 1940 13. France, May 1940 14. Hospital 15. Leave 16. Return to North Weald 17. First Blood 18. August 1940 Postscript by Lovat Dickson The Summer of the Firebird List of Illustrations