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Spitfire Leader: Robert Bungey DFC, Tragic Battle of Britain Hero

Spitfire Leader: Robert Bungey DFC, Tragic Battle of Britain Hero (Hardback)

By Newton, Dennis
By Bungey, Richard

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Bob Bungey's was an extraordinary and distinguished RAF career in World War Two. He joined survived both the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain where he joined Fighter Command (145 Squadron), flew Hurricanes, was shot down and almost killed, and converted to Spitfires ear...ly in 1941. Next he commanded the 452 Squadron of Spitfires, which became Fighter Command's most successful squadron three months running under his leadership, and sometimes led the famous Kenley Wing. He went on to command RAF Hawkinge in 1942, helping to develop the RAF air-sea rescue service; and was also involved in the planning stages for the Dieppe raid of August 1942. But after well over two years of almost non-stop, high-stress operational flying and `front line' service, he returned home to the RAAF in mid-1943. Privately, he had married Sybil, an English girl, and late in 1941(before Pearl Harbor) he sent her to his family in Australia to have their child in a supposed safer environment. Only six short weeks afterthey were reunited, Sybil fell ill and suddenly collapsed. She died in hospital. Nobody realised the depths of Bob Bungey's grief and stress until too late. He snapped. One day he walked out of his parents' house pushing his infant son, Richard, in his stroller and never returned. Bob was found the next day, shot in the head. But Bob's son, Richard, survived, and his life-long quest to uncover what happened to his father led, in 2010, to the Australian `60 Minutes' programme (Channel 9) producing a feature `The Battle Within'. Bob Bungey's story will appeal to aviation and military enthusiasts alike, and to those who love a remarkable story which is better than fiction.
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ISBN 9781445684352
Released NZ 15 Feb 2019
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Format Hardback
8 Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781445684352
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Imprint Amberley Publishing
Released 15 Feb 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Newton, Dennis
By Bungey, Richard
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History: Second World War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 940.544941092
Weight 597g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fighter pilots - Biography - Australia, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, British
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade