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- DescriptionTheir Finest Hour tells the fascinating stories of six of Churchill's 'Few', each of whom played an important part in the Battle of Britain. Celebrated and much respected on their own squadrons, all have since faded into obscurity. Their achievements, against all odds, and the fortunes of their comrades-in-arms, many of whom died during the Battle, are told here in detail, some for the first time.Featured stories include that of Flying Officer Reginald Peacock DFC, the only Blenheim pilot of the Second World War to become a fighter ace; Squadron Leader Robert Reid, who flew throughout the Battle of Britain, having a hand in the destruction of three Bf 109s, damaging of two more; and fighter-ace r Douglas Cyril Winter, who flew Spitfires during the defence of the Dunkirk Beaches, before taking on the Luftwaffe in the skies over Southern England. The story of Dunkirk and Battle of Britain ace, Squadron Leader 'Gil' Gilbert is also included, as it that of No. 303 Squadron's Flight Lieutenant Jan Kowalski, DFC, VM, KW* and Battle of France and Battle of Britain hero Sergeant, Leonard Jowitt, who earned a Mention-in-Despatches for his gallantry in France. The combined efforts of the six pilots who form the subject of this title, saw nearly twenty enemy aircraft damaged or destroyed, earning them a fistful of gallantry awards. These stories offer insights into this dynamic period of aviation history. Recorded here, they serve as poignant reminders of the efforts of the 'Few' and the contributions that they made to the Allied effort during a pivotal moment in the Second World War.
- Author BiographyNick Thomas is a former archaeologist and finds expert. He currently works as Collections Officer for a local authority, having been manager of the ground-breaking Stafford Castle Visitor Centre and Museum, with which he has a 35 year association. Nick has contributed history articles to a number of archaeological journals and the local press, while finding time to work on many of the 'digs' in his home town. In recent years he has co-written the definitive history of his home town and is currently writing a companion volume on Staffordshire.Previous aviation biographies by the same author include RAF Top Gun: The Story of Battle of Britain Ace Teddy Donaldson, CB, CBE, DSO, AFC; Ben Bennions, DFC: Battle of Britain Fighter Ace; Kenneth 'Hawkeye' Lee, DFC: Battle of Britain and Desert Air Force Ace; Hurricane Squadron Ace: The Story of Air Commodore Peter Brothers, CBE, DSO, DFC*; and Sniper of the Skies: The Story of George 'Screwball' Beurling, DSO, DFC, DFM*, all published by Pen and Sword Books.
- Author(s)Nick Thomas
- PublisherPen & Sword Books Ltd
- Date of Publication02/03/2016
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationSouth Yorkshire
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPen & Sword Aviation
- Content NoteIllustrated
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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