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Through Adversity: The Story of Life in the RFC and RAF Through Three Operational Pilots

Through Adversity: The Story of Life in the RFC and RAF Through Three Operational Pilots (Hardback)

By Goodrum, Alastair

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How did the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) `cavalry of the air' transform into the strategic RAF of the Cold War? The flying lives of these three pilots combine across the years to illustrate how it happened. Trained on Bristol Boxkites in 1912, Major Leonard Dawes helped shape the RFC... in its infancy. Posted to France with BE2s, he saw action at the birth of battlefield reconnaissance and air fighting, then activated many new squadrons during the First World War. Joining the RAF in 1923, Group Captain Dickie Barwell became a fighter pilot and respected leader of men. As a Hurricane squadron commander, he routed the first major Luftwaffe air attack of the Second World War and flew with Bader's Wing in the Battle of Britain. While commanding RAF Biggin Hill, he flew combat operations over France before his death in a friendly-fire incident in 1942. Squadron Leader Brian Fern learned to fly at Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1942, then trained hundreds of RAF bomber pilots during the Second World War. Post-war tours on Canberra bombers and spy flights in Chipmunks were followed by selection to the elite Valiant bomber force, where he became a leading exponent of in-flight refuelling that finally gave the RAF its global reach. Combining these three stories into a narrative that explores the rise of the RAF through an era of dazzling technological breakthroughs and ever-changing operational requirements, Alastair Goodrum tells the story of a journey through adversity to the stars.
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ISBN 9781445695457
Released NZ 15 Jan 2020
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781445695457
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Amberley Publishing
Imprint Amberley Publishing
Released 15 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Goodrum, Alastair
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 358.400941
Weight 545g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aeronautics, Military - History - Great Britain, Air warfare - History
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade