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School of Aces: The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain

School of Aces: The RAF Training School that Won the Battle of Britain (Hardback)

By Goodrum, Alastair

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This is the fascinating true story behind one of the key reasons that RAF Fighter Command saw such success in the Second World War and emerged victorious from the Battle of Britain - the incredible training school that transformed young men from inexperienced pilots into some of ...the finest airmen in the world. From peacetime Armament Practice Camp, to fighter OTU, to Central Gunnery School, this is the story of how, between 1926 and 1946, RAF Sutton Bridge became the place where the RAF developed and implemented a world-beating training system. This allowed the RAF to have total faith in the men tasked with combatting the Nazi threat from the air, and School of Aces tells the astonishing story of the station through a wealth of individual stories - with famous names, drama, courage and pathos a-plenty - recalling how pilots, air gunners and ground crew came to be at RAF Sutton Bridge, what life was like for them there and what happened to them afterwards. Prior to and during the Battles of France and Britain, RAF Sutton Bridge played a vital role in the British success by creating, in a remarkably short time, an effective Operational Training Unit (OTU) programme for potential fighter pilots. It then turned out 494 Hurricane pilots with such rapidity that summer that no fewer than 390 graduates flew as part of that illustrious band of men known forever as 'The Few'.
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ISBN 9781445686172
Released NZ 15 Jun 2019
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781445686172
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Imprint Amberley Publishing
Released 15 Jun 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Goodrum, Alastair
Category Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 358.4150942539
Weight 569g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, British, Airmen - Training of - History - Great Britain
NBS Text Aircraft & Spacecraft: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade