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This book is a spellbinding series of aerial adventures and misadventures featuring the heroic and the hapless which proves beyond all doubt that truth is far stranger than any fiction. As well as offering fresh analysis of Nazi renegade Rudolf Hess' startling descent onto a Scottish farm in May 1941, Saunders examines a clutch of less well known but no less extraordinary tales. --Eastern Daily Press
The author has assembled 16 chapters, each dealing with a specific arrival, starting from the first to come down on British soil: a He 111 shot down over Scotland, while the last chapter is an amusing story of the plot to kidnap Hitler in his Fw Condor - it did not take place but could have happended! A very well presented and readable book of an interesting piece of history. --Aeroplane Monthly
World War Two caused the arrival of some 1,200 Luftwaffe aircraft in Britain or its coastal waters, many as a result of battle damage while others had more interesting stories to tell. Here, the author has assembled 16 chapters, each dealing with a specific arrival, satrting from the first to come down on British soil: a He 111 shot down over Scotland, while the last chapter is an amusing story of the plot to kidnap Hitler in his Fw Condor - it did not take place but could have happened! In between are accounts of several Fw 190 'acquisistions' by the RAF when they landed here in error - a plan had been made to capture a'190 using test pilot Jeffrey Quill and an RAF officer, but fortunately it was forestalled by the arrival of the first '190 at Pembrey! Several Luftwaffe trainers landed here plus some bombers and details of these and their subsequent use are given. An appendix lists 17 Luftwaffe arrivals which include the sole Italian CR.42, the latter now at the RAF Museum, Hendon, while other appendices cover Intelligence reports, interrogation pf German PoWs, the RAE Farnborough, AFDU at various locations, No 1426 (Enemey Aircraft) Flight, extracts from the RAE's test report on a Fw 190, a bibliography and an excellent index with names of Allied and German personnel, places, RAF bases, units, Luftwaffe units and aircraft types. A very well presented and readable book on an interesting piece of history. --Aeroplane Monthly