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The Spitfire Story: Told By Those Who Designed, Maintained and Flew the Iconic Plane

The Spitfire Story: Told By Those Who Designed, Maintained and Flew the Iconic Plane

Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of World War II.

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ISBN 9781789291360
Barcode 9781789291360
Published 2 May 2019 by Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hyams, Jacky
Availability Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781789291360
ISBN-10 1789291364
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Imprint Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Publication Date 2 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hyams, Jacky
Category Air Forces & Warfare
Military Vehicles
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Spitfire Fighter plane - History, Spitfire Fighter plane - Anecdotes
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 623.74642
Catalogue Code 996153

Description of this Book

The Spitfire Story, published in association with Imperial War Museums, is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of the Second World War. The Spitfire is the world's most iconic aeroplane. Coming into its own during the Battle of Britain, it became famous during the Second World War as the only plane that could match the enemy fighters in the sky. Yet, even today, the history of the Spitfire contains many hitherto hidden or little-known stories of the men and women behind the plane; not only the gifted creators and inventors who brought the Spitfire to life, or the brave fighter pilots from many countries who triumphed in battle, but also the thousands of other people whose lives were affected by their personal connection to it - engineers, ground crew, factory or office workers, and their families. Spitfire Stories recounts the memories and stories of these people, from the birth of the iconic Spitfire in the 1930s to the present day. Among these accounts is the extraordinary tale of the fighter pilot who only discovered, fifty years on, the tragic truth of his last Spitfire flight, the businessman whose blank cheque changed the course of the war, the ninety-five-year-old Royal Air Force engineer who was determined to be reunited with his beloved Spit before he died, and the little girl who inspired the plane's creation - and went on to marry a movie star. Using documents, letters and photographs from the Imperial War Museums' unparalleled archive, plus exclusive first-hand interviews, these stories of the Spitfire are a revelatory collection of small but significant histories, to be treasured by all who love and admire the iconic plane.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jacky Hyams has written several bestselling non-fiction books, among them The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary and Bomb Girls: Britain's Secret Army, a history of Britain's female munitions workers. She has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The Times, the London Evening Standard, Rolling Stone and the Sydney Morning Herald. She lives in Brighton.

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