Spitfire Ace

Spitfire Ace

by JamesTaylor (Author), Martin Davidson (Author)


The Battle of Britain, 1940, was one of the most famous air battles in the history of warfare and it is a story of ruthless organisation, brilliant control and command. But at its heart is one particular figure, a legend ever since - the RAF fighter pilot. And one particular plane - a piece of machinery that has almost mythic historical glamour - the Supermarine Spitfire. "Spitfire Ace" reintroduces the few that flew in the Battle of Britain and includes interviews with many of the surviving veteran Spitfire pilots. Combined with a historical narrative of the events surrounding the Battle of Britain, you will learn for the first time what it was really like to fly a Spitfire and to experience combat flying at its most visceral. Fully illustrated with 16 pages of photographs and contemporary archive material, "Spitfire Ace" provides a vivid portrait of the fighter boys and their finest hour, their planes (including Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerchmitts) and Fighter Command - RAF versus the Luftwaffe.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Pan
Published: 03 Sep 2004

ISBN 10: 0330435256
ISBN 13: 9780330435253

Author Bio
Martin Davidson is one of Britain's leading television producers, specializing in history and arts programmes. He was the executive produce of Channel 4's series Spitfire Ace and is the author of three other books: The Consumerist Manifesto (Routledge 1990); Decisive Weapons (BBC Books 1996); and A Visitor's Guide to a History of Britain (BBC Books 2002). James Taylor is a writer and television researcher. He joined RDF Media in 2001, where has worked on a broad range of series including Spitfire Ace and Carthage: The Roman Holocaust.