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My Story: Battle of Britain: A Second World War Spitfire Pilot, 1939-1941

My Story: Battle of Britain: A Second World War Spitfire Pilot, 1939-1941 [Kindle Edition]

Chris Priestley
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OCTOBER 1940. I was out, free of my aircraft, tumbling wildly in the air. I pulled the ripcord. I was jerked back by the parachute as air punched into it and I swung there like a puppet, winded and gasping for breath. I looked down at my leg. It felt like a bear was gnawing on it but it was still in one piece. For now, anyway. Then I heard it - right behind me. An ME109 diving towards me, guns blazing. There was nothing I could do. Nowhere I could go. Shells whistled past me on either side. I just thought, OK then. if this is it, OK. Maybe my turn had finally come... It's 1939 and Harry Woods is a Spitfire pilot in the RAF. When his friend Lenny loses his leg in a dogfight with the Luftwaffe, Harry is determined to fight on. That is, until his plane is hit and he finds himself tumbling through the air high above the English Channel...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Non Fiction; new edition edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Priestley worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for twenty years before becoming a writer. His books have been nominated for many awards including the Edgar Awards, the UKLA Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. The award-winning and critically-acclaimed Tales of Terror series for Bloomsbury feature chilling stories rooted in the tradition of M R James, Saki and Edgar Allan Poe and are available in many languages. Mister Creecher is a novel inspired by, and linked to, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and his latest, Through Dead Eyes, is set in a haunted hotel in Amsterdam.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist to the Battle 14 Dec 2011
This one's my favourite one yet of the series. I have never read about the Battle of Britain before, not from a RAF and aircrew perspective anyway. I am ashamed to say that I have never even considered pilots who fight in battles before this, because the focus is usually always on those fighting on land.

Chris Priestley's style of writing is great. It was very amusing, very entertaining, very evocative and poignant, and most importantly...very real. He knew how to get us attached to Harry, to his family, to his friends, to Lenny especially - and he was able to successfully accomplish this in very limited space. Add to this the historical context, and the knowledge that is gained by reading this.

I found the Moby-Dick part hilarious, and the German soldier part at the end extremely depressing. And the concept of war being honourable reminded me of one of my favourite poems "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen during World War I. In this poem, Owen refers to the old age lie, "Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori" - meaning, it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for one's country.

On a separate note, reading the historical section at the back of the book, they included the nationalities of aircrew involved in the Battle of Britain, and how many of them were killed throughout. I was very surprised, and proud, to note that there was one Palestinian pilot, who took part in this battle. As I am a Palestinian myself, I found that to be of extreme interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a thrilling story 26 Mar 2014
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A good read, although fictional characters , the truth wasn't far behind, a story of the struggle that pilots had both to do their duty and to stay alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Personal Account 24 Mar 2014
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Anyone who is interested in the Battle of Britain will find this personal account of what it was really like will appreciate this book. Although there have been many books writtedn on this subject this is slightly different and takes the reader with the author into the cockpit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 13 Jan 2014
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got this for my 10 yr old daughter and she loved it, she really got into the book and its also helped her with a school project that will be coming up soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down 13 Dec 2013
By daubroy
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Absolutely amazing good with humour satire and horror all from the perspective of the Everyman brilliant book truly a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Felt it was a good factual account 26 Nov 2013
By Colin
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Felt it was a good factual account, but was not initially aware the characters of the story were fictional. I did enjoy the book but felt it was too condensed, hence the 4 star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 5 Nov 2013
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Ok highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the battle of Britain and the history of ART or ww2 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 17 July 2013
By Mrs A
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I got this book hoping to read it on holiday but I was into it so much and couldn't put it down.

I give this book a five
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