The Silver Spitfire by Tom Neil
The Legendary WWII RAF Fighter Pilot in his Own Words

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A brilliantly vivid Second World War memoir by one of 'the Few' Spitfire fighter pilots.

Following the D-Day landings, Battle of Britain hero Tom Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison to an American fighter squadron. As the Allies pushed east, Neil commandeered an abandoned Spitfire as his own personal aeroplane. Erasing any evidence of its provenance and stripping it down to bare metal, it became the RAF's only silver Spitfire.

Alongside his US comrades, he took the silver Spitfire into battle until, with the war's end, he was forced to make a difficult decision. Faced with too many questions about the mysterious rogue fighter, he contemplated increasingly desperate measures to offload it, including bailing out mid-Channel. He eventually left the Spitfire at Worthy Down, never to be seen again.

THE SILVER SPITFIRE is the first-hand, gripping story of Neil's heroic experience as an RAF fighter pilot and his reminiscences with his very own personal Spitfire.


About Tom Neil

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Tom Neil joined 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes just before the start of the Battle of Britain. His first victory was a Me109, followed in quick succession by 12 others. Tom was awarded a Bar to his DFC in November 1940. Later he served in Malta where he gained another victory. His other books include Fighter In My Sights, From the Cockpit: Spitfire, Questions of Guilt: The Stories of Wing Commander Tom Neil and Onward To Malta: Memoirs of a Hurricane Pilot in Malta 1941 (which has sold over 10,000 copies). He lives with his wife near Bungay in Suffolk and has three sons, two of which carry on the tradition of flying.
Published February 28, 2013 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction