Raf Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42 by Mark BarberRaf Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42 by Mark Barber

Raf Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42

byMark BarberIllustratorGraham Turner

Paperback | September 18, 2012

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The role of the "few" of the RAF in World War II, as described by Churchill during the Battle of Britain, has been the subject of much mythologizing both at the time and in the years since. The recent 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, combined with the threat of significant cuts to the current RAF, have highlighted the importance of Fighter Command in the early days of World War II once more.

This title will put Fighter Command in context; describing the lack of funding and attention which it received during the interwar period, until it was almost too late. The myth of the fighter pilot will be humanized, with first-hand accounts quoted which put nervous but brave human beings from all walks of life in the cockpit, not the fearless, arrogant public school boys who appear in popular fiction. Although the Battle of Britain may not have in itself been the decisive encounter that it has historically been portrayed as, the moral victory won by the RAF, the victory that proved that Germany could be defeated, was just as important as a military-strategic victory.

Other aspects of these early days of Fighter Command will also be given a more detailed exploration - the obsolete but tenacious Gladiators over Norway, the Hurricanes in support of the BEF and air cover over Dunkirk. Thus giving a rounded picture of the early years and development of Fighter Command and its pilots.

Lieutenant Mark Barber RN is a pilot based at RNAS Culdrose. His dissertation on the Fleet Air Arm in the Mediterranean in World War II was named as the best in year at the Royal Navy Academy, Dartmouth. He was named Best Aircrew Officer upon graduation of his class. His unlimited access to Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm museum records a...
Title:Raf Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.88 × 7.27 × 0.18 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849087792

ISBN - 13:9781849087797

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Table of Contents

RAF Fighter Command in the inter-war period /Recruitment and training /Equipment: flying clothing and uniform /Aircraft of Fighter Command /On Campaign: conditions in theatre /Belief and Belonging /Experience of battle: tactics of air combat /Museums and surviving aircraft /Bibliography /Index

Editorial Reviews

"RAF Fighter Comman Pilot will be of interest to a wide range of readers. The historian or World War II enthusiast will enjoy the first-hand accounts, artwork and photographs. The wargamer will get background information as well as strategy and tactics that were employed. The figure painter will enjoy the drawings og the uniforms. Finally, the modeler will enjoy all of the photographs that can provide inspiration for dioramas and the historical background." -Richard Mataka, www.mataka.org"...fine illustrations by Graham Turner which are paired with vintage black and white photos ... bring to life the story of the RAF command's history and evolution. These men from all walks of life fought the battles of France and Britain during the second World War, and many myths evolved from their achievements. This tells their stories through their own writings and offers a fine history of Fighter Command forces and evolution in a highly recommended pick for World War II coverages." -James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (January 2013)