Fighter Boys by Patrick Bishop
The Battle of Britain, 1940

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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.


 

About Patrick Bishop

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Patrick Bishop is one of Britain’s leading military historians and the the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Fighter Boys, Bomber Boys, 3 Para, Ground Truth and Target Tirpitz. He spent more than twenty years as a foreign correspondent, reporting from war zones around the world. John Witherow is the current and longest serving Editor of the Sunday Times. He has reported from the front lines of the Falklands War, the Iran-Iraq War and held several posts at the Sunday Times before becoming Editor, including Defence Editor, Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Editor.
 
Published July 27, 2004 by Penguin Books. 468 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A spirited account of what Winston Churchill deemed the Royal Air Force's "finest hour": the defense of English skies against the advancing Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940.

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In Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940, Patrick Bishop tells the story of the great air campaign through the eyes of the fighter pilots themselves.

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