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For 123 days in the summer of 1940, 3,000 youthful airmen in the Royal Air Force fought back against Hitler’s advancing forces with a heroism that astonished the world. Drawing on interviews with scores of surviving pilots as well as diaries and letters never before seen, military historian and journalist Patrick Bishop re-creates with astonishing intimacy and clarity this excruciating, exhilarating war of nerves. In their own words, the pilots describe what it was like to bale out from a stricken plane, to go into battle in the face of overwhelming odds, to hear the screams of a comrade as he went down in flames. With a riveting, taut narrative, Fighter Boys relates how those young heroes changed the course of World War II—and the history of the modern world.

Bishop begins the book by looking at how air war commenced in WW I and the how Germany & England prepared for the air war of WW II.
Hard to put down. The famous names are here such a Bader, Townsend, Deere and Tuck but more importantly, the experiences of the less known are also here taken from their letters and diaries and memories of people who knew and loved them.


'This has to be one of the big, best-selling books of the year ... . It is a unabashed glorification of young men at war, of the courage, often insouciant, of those who seized the day and more often than not died in its empyrean .... Patrick Bishop gives these young men posthumous honour and respectful tribute. It is, in many respects, a moving and generous book that will bring pain as well as pride - for whatever reasons - to the many who will read it.' lAIN FINLAYSON, The Times

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