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The final few: the last surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain tell their stories

The final few: the last surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain tell their stories

Sarkar, Dilip, 1961- author

During the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone, defying the Luftwaffe's aerial assault - the prelude to a proposed seaborne invasion. Fighter Command faced this challenge against overwhelming odds with immeasurable courage and tenacity, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, immortalising these young Spitfire and Hurricane pilots as 'The Few'. Some 2927 aircrew comprised the 'Few', 544 of which made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful summer, now known as the Battle of Britain. A further 791 would perish before the war's end. Today, precious few indeed remain alive worldwide, the Battle of Britain Fighter Association now numbering less than twenty-five. Veteran aviation historian Dilip Sarkar, however, has spent a lifetime recording the stories of casualties and the memories of survivors. Here he brings us more original work and new interviews with 'The Final Few'

Book. English.
Published Stroud, Gloucestershire: Amberley, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Dilip Sarkar
ISBN: 1445642360, 9781445642369
Note: Includes bibliographical references and filmography.
Note: Includes QR code.
Physical Description: 252 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, British.; Warfare and Defence.; Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command.; World War, 1939-1945 Aerial operations, British.

Reviews

'If anyone ever needs to know anything about the RAF during the summer of 1940, don't ask the Few, ask Dilip'
George 'Grumpy' Unwin, 19 Squadron||'Dilip understands perfectly the mysteries of air tactics and strategy, enabling him to write authoritative, lively and deeply touching stories of those days when friend and foe met in the air'
Peter Townsend, 85 Squadron