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Spitfire Ace : My Life As a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot (Paperback) (Gordon Olive)

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Pitched into the maelstrom of air fighting in the summer of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Gordon Olive barely lived to tell this extraordinary tale of courage and endurance. As Britain fought alone for its survival, ‘the Few’ of RAF Fighter Command took to the air grievously outnumbered, many reaching breaking point, exhausted physically and mentally by unrelenting, intense combat.

Gordon Olive flew the iconic Spitfire for over 125 missions above London and the south-east in the white heat of the aerial battle for supremacy of the skies. One of the most heavily engaged pilots of the Battle, he shot down ten enemy aircraft. This is his story of what it was like to dogfight with Messerschmitts at speeds of 400 mph, experiencing G forces close to blackout, at one moment drenched in sweat and the next freezing at 25,000 feet; to smell the cordite of your own fighter’s machine guns and feel cannon shells explode against the back of your armored seat.

Illustrated in color with forty unique paintings by the author of the aerial battle of summer 1940.
Number of Pages: 287
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Gordon Olive
Language: English
Street Date: September 28, 2016
TCIN: 51706187
UPC: 9781445660202
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-5377
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