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A unique and enthralling anthology, compiled by World War II flying ace and biographer of Sir Douglas Bader, Laddie Lucas, Wings of War tells the story of the 1939-45 war in the air in the words of those who took part. Drawing on official papers and newspaper reports, but largely on the published and unpublished writings of the combatants themselves on both sides of the conflict, the book offers a vivid, immediate and highly individual account of the great aerial campaigns of the war.
From a thrilling account of the first sustained dog-fight between Spitfire and Messerschmitt in 1940 to an eighteen-year-old Japanese suicide pilot’s last letter home, from the Luftwaffe leaders’ analysis of ‘what went wrong’ after the Battle of Britain to a firsthand report of the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944, the book deals in a dramatic range of ways with every aspect of the war.
Each of the great campaigns is taken in turn, every flying role is represented in the collection, and contributors are drawn from almost all the countries that took part: Britain, Australia, New Zealand,Canada, the United States, South Africa, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Japan.
Here are the legendary names of the last war - Sir Winston Churchill, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris, Sir Douglas Bader; here, too, are anonymous poets and unknown airmen from many lands.
Full of stories of astonishing escapes and incredible bravery, dogged persistence and moving feats of arms, Wings of War honours both the sung and the unsung heroes of war, the living and the dead. Above all it celebrates the bond of flying which draws men together in the face of challenge, transcending battle.
As Group Captain W. G. G. Duncan Smith says: ‘the sense of belonging to a great Service in its hour of triumph lifted the spirit above the horror and bestiality of war.’

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