Summer 1940, Britain is on the brink, fewer than 3,000 RAF fighter pilots stand between Hitler's Luftwaffe and air supremacy over the skies of southern England - the prerequisite for a German invasion. What was it like to fly a Spitfire? To shoot down a German bomber over London? Or to be shot down by the closely matched Messerschmitt Me 109? This concise account of daily life in August and September 1940, written by a fighter pilot who fought in the Battle, is the ideal introduction to the story of the Battle of Britain. The book includes 43 contemporary colour and black-and-white photographs.
Arthur Donahue, DFC, fought in the Battle of Britain and wrote this short account of life as a Battle of Britain pilot for an American periodical in December 1940. Originally aimed at an American readership, it makes for an ideal introduction as it assumes little knowledge of the subject. Donahue was killed in action in 1942. Hannah Holman is the author of several books including the best selling Titanic Voices ('Heartstopping accounts' Juliet Gardiner, BBC History Magazine), Art Donahue's Life As A Battle Of Britain Spitfire Pilot ('Warmly recommended' All About History) & The Tommies' Manual 1916 ('A fascinating read' Great War Magazine). She studied English Literature at the University of Birmingham & works for a City firm managing public sector assets. Married with four children, she lives in Bath.
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