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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
Max Arthur has collected In the words of the pilots what they did in the battle of Britain. Many of the pilots are not well known by most readers. The book gives the reader a good idea of every day life in the battle. One pilot said after waiting for the call to scramble "He would never have a telephone in his home when the war is over". But the one I liked the most was a young pilot who said 'He was not fighting for the king but for Me Mum". You will have to read the book to find out who said it. Lots of war time photos round out the book I enjoyed reading every word!.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'm about half way through. The book consists of brief excerpts and remembrances by RAF veterans from early in WW2. There are a few Germans included, but so far they don't have a lot to say. The contributions are arranged in chapters in logical sequence. You get an idea of how the recruiting worked, training, operations, formations, and general experiences. The book describes the wounds including burns in greater detail than I recall elsewhere. It is a nice and inexpensive supplement to Len Deighton's Fighter, The True Story of the Battle of Britain, which is my preferred single source
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
As a retired airline pilot plus a former Marine Corps pilot I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My wife's father was an army air corps pilot who flew in the 8th Air Force as a pilot of a B-24, and survived his flight tour to return home at the war's end.
I highly recommend this book to all aviation enthusiasts and those who want to know more about the heroism of the British pilots who flew the Hurricanes and Spitfires up against the Me-109s and Me-190.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book is written to give brief accounts of various aspects of the air battle of Brittan. The pilots give their remembrances of entering service, training, air battles won and lost, leave in London, and their extreme fatigue after 3 or 5 sorties against the enemy in a single day.
The air combat and the techniques are very interesting. The loss of friends in those battles is very sad, but comes with the knowledge that the air battle of Brittan cannot be lost, and cannot be fought without the sacrifice of lives.
The author does a good job of writing and conveying the true story to the reader. I appreciate that!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
As a pilot I was keen to know what "the few" thought before and after they engaged in air combat. This book from Amazon gives their story in their own words. Couldn't put it down and wanted it to go on and on. Great historical record of the Battle of Britain. A great followup to another Amazon purchase "Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2012
The author has taken tiny comments by Battle of Britain pilots about their experiences in dogfights and has gathered them in this presentation. It's a good argument in favor of authors who put their history in perspective.This is interesting for the first half-hour or so, but then gets tedious without context.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
I'm not big fan of books with a lot of short stories. But to read some of the vivid descriptions from the pilots that actually lived through such an incredible event such as the battle of Britain was really interesting.
I would have liked to see the book better organized though. Such as group the events of the pilots of each squadron together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
Thought it would be a story not short individual incidents. It was interesting and informative,however, it soon became boring. I never had heard of all the problems they had bailing out..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
This is a nice and strange little book. It consists of hundreds of little one or more paragraph recollections by the boys who flew in the Battle. From both sides, you read little memories of the fight and these intimate little stories together give you a very personal look at what it was like for these men and women. If you have ever wondered what it was like, you will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2014
The author was very true to keeping the contents of the book "in the words of the Pilots." This was both good and bad. The book read almost like dictation which is not necessarily thrilling and some of the accounts I had to plod through. On the other hand, the fact that it read like dictation, or like the pilots themselves had written up each account as a report to a superior, just really added to the authenticity of the entire book. The overall impact is this overwhelming feeling of gratitude (and not just from the British), this sense of incredible bravery wrapped by true humility, this welling up in your throat of both happiness and sadness that such fine men and women were there and willing to sacrifice their future, their health, their happiness and their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy. To put in context the impact these pilots had on the future of the free world as we now know it, you just have to read "A Man Called Intrepid: The Incredible True Story of the Master Spy.." It's possible that these pilots literally saved millions of lives and the free world.
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