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One Pilot's War: The Battle of Britain and Beyond [Paperback]

W. A. Wilkinson
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27 May 2010
Hidden away for over a quarter of a century, One Pilot's War is the memoir of RAF fighter pilot Bill Wilkinson. Found after his death this meticulous and absorbing account gives a fascinating insight into some of the most eventful and life-changing years in recent history. It tells the story of a young man from a poor family who was inspired by Sir Alan Cobham's Flying Circus to join the RAF in 1934. He rose from being an 'Aircraft Hand'to becoming a fighter pilot with 501 Squadron in 1940. He flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain and went on to achieve a distinguished flying career during WWII. It is not just the story of one man's personal battle to become a fighter pilot but also the engrossing tale of the part he played in the larger battle to defend his country during those long dark years of war.

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Windsor Books Limited; paperback / softback edition (27 May 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1874111405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874111405
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,349,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

An exciting find and a privilege to publish. Bill Wilkinson's memoirs of his war-time flying career are a fascinating read as well as being an important social document about the Second World War.

From the Author

The author died in April 2000 and soon after his daughter found the handwritten memoir, hidden in the back of a cupboard. She has edited it with a very light hand so Bill's voice comes through very strongly.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Memoir 14 Jun 2010
By Julie
This book is the memoirs of an RAF fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain. It's unusual because it was never intended for publication - the pilot's daughter found the manuscript after he died. It's an easy to read, detailed account of life in 501 Squadron during the War, and includes plenty of original photographs too. Highly recommended.
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