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Shot Down in Flames: A World War II Fighter Pilot's Remarkable Tale of Survival [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Page
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On 12 August 1940, during the Battle of Britain, in an engagement with Dornier Do 17s, Geoffrey Page was shot down into the English Channel, suffering severe burns. He spent much of the next two years in hospitals, undergoing plastic surgery, but recovered sufficiently to pursue an extremely distinguished war and postwar career.

This eloquently written and critically acclaimed autobiography tells of his wartime exploits in the air and on the ground. He was a founding member of The Guinea Pig Club - formed by badly burnt aircrew - and this is a fascinating account of the Club, of the courage and bravery of ‘The Few’, and of Geoffrey’s later life and achievements, most particularly in the creation of The Battle of Britain memorial.

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Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read about the men who fought the war in the air. The few who became the many. It is funny, poignant, larky but always with the ring of appalling truth.A" The Daily Mail For sheer narrative power, it ranks with the best.A" Daily Telegraph Gripping reading...a remarkable tale of survival, but told with great candour and without a trace of self pity. --British Aerospace News

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; New edition (29 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Geoffrey Page is a hero. Of that, there is no doubt. A fighter pilot with the RAF during the Second World War, Page was not only a superb pilot and leader, but recovered from horrendous wounds after being shot down into the English Channel.
'Shot Down In Flames' documents Page's illustrious career, and is written in a refreshingly wide eyed and lyrical style. The reader shares the sheer joy and exhilaration of flying a Spitfire for the first time. He/she can also identify keenly with the sense of fear as squadrons were called relentlessly into battle during the struggle in the skies above Britain in 1940. Page is disarmingly honest. He describes the way pilots had to simply blank out the memories of their lost colleagues if they were themselves to continue. He paints a vivid depiction of the air fighting itself, not from a technical and tactical point of view, but from the perspective of a typical young man caught in the middle of it.
As Page lies, drowsing, on a sun soaked airfield awaiting the dreaded phone call to 'Scramble', his combination of weariness and nausea feels all too real. So well written is the book that you can almost feel the sun on your skin, hear the chirrup of insects in the grass and smell the fuel from the idling fighters. It's tremendously vivid.
With similar resonance, Page goes on to describe his fight for life after bailing out from a blazing inferno that had once been his aircraft. Suffering appalling burns to his hands and face, Page became one of Dr McIndoe's so-called Guinea Pigs, undergoing a series of experimental skin graft operations. During his long convalescence, Page's ambition to fly again was laughed off by his superiors. His hands were considered too deformed to ever control an aircraft again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 5 April 2011
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I had the honour to know Wing Commander Page and already had a signed copy. I bought this for a good friend's birthday as it is such a good book. It is a tale of one man's war and how he came to terms with the terrible burns that resulted in him becoming one of Archie McIndoe's founding "Guinea Pigs". Geoffrey was a man with the right stuff and I recommend this as a great read.
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This is an extremely articulately written biography by Geoffrey Page which moves along at a nice pace, with good detail and plenty of humour. The story of his survival having been shot down in the Battle of Britain, is dealt with just the right amount of attention and the reader is then taken on to the author's next challenges in North Africa and beyond. A very absorbing and enjoyable read with a happy ending and great feel good factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing man 12 Aug. 2013
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I saw a documentary about Spitfire pilots with on T.V. and Geoffrey Page was one of the main interviewees. He has a very interesting guy and his life story is good reading, I recommend this book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shot down in flames 8 Dec. 2011
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Very good story well written and enjoyable to read. Brings to life the daily life and emotions of those pilots, many only 19 years old Incredible !! Book in excellant condition quick delivery
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