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Spitfire Ace of Aces: The Wartime Story of Johnnie Johnson Hardcover – 15 Jul 2011


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 1st edition (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445604752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445604756
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 18.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dilip Sarkar He has published over thirty books on the Battle of Britain, titles which include the only biographical works formally endorsed by the families of Douglas Bader. A retired policeman, in 2003 Dilip was made an MBE for services to aviation history, and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006. He lives in Worcester. His books include THE FEW: THE STORY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN IN THE WORDS OF THE PILOTS ('If anyone ever needs to know anything about the RAF during the summer of 1940, don't ask the Few, ask him' GEORGE 'GRUMPY' UNWIN, Battle of Britain fighter ace, 'Captivating - written by an acknowledged expert on the Battle of Britain' PROFESSOR GARY SHEFFIELD, 'A well-researched, detailed chronicle of the Battle of Britain - written by the men who fought so bravely to repulse the German raiders' HUGH SEBAG-MONTEFIORE), THE SPITFIRE MANUAL ('A must' INTERCOM: THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION), SPITFIRE! THE EXPERIENCES OF A BATTLE OF BRITAIN FIGHTER PILOT ('A very fine and vivid account' MAX ARTHUR), HOW THE SPITFIRE WON THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN ('Carefully argued & thoroughly convincing - a very fine volume' PROFESSOR PAUL MACKENZIE, author of BADER: A LIFE), LAST OF THE FEW: 18 BATTLE OF BRITAIN FIGHTER PILOTS TELL THEIR EXTRAORDINARY STORIES ('The Battle of Britain rethought' THE TIMES; 'Lively & deeply touching stories of those days when friend & foe met in the air' PETER TOWNSEND, Battle of Britain fighter ace), THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC KALEIDOSCOPE ('An excellent book' LADY BADER), BADER'S TANGMERE SPITFIRES ('A most diligent and carefully researched account' JOHNNIE JOHNSON, Second World War fighter ace), FIGHTER PILOT ('This book deserves to achieve success' DAME VERA LYNN) and SPITFIRE VOICES: LIFE AS A SPITFIRE PILOT IN THE WORDS OF THE VETERANS.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Davies on 26 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dilip is an author of at least 20 books now and every one is worth buying. This latest one I picked up and could not wait to take it to the checkout. He tells the story of the greatest RAF ace over Europe, Johnny Johnson, who started out flying in the Battle of Britain, learnt the skills needed to survive the desperate and fast combats from men like Ken Holden, then later by flying on the wing of legendary fighter pilots such as Douglas Bader, the legless ace wing commander in his section, during the sweeps of 1941. Johnny went on to become the RAF`s top European ace and top Spitfire ace. Most of his kills were against the hardest targets of fighter aircraft like the Me109 and Fw190.

Johnny had a long, hard fought war ending in the skies over Germany in 1945. He was one who led from the front, by example, shooting down around 38 German aircraft. He was a leader of men that his boys would follow anywhere and this was proven in the glorious way they described him in his This Is Your Life TV programme years later. The book is full of air combats, mostly in first hand stories and some are new as related directly to the author who became a friend of Johnny over many years untill his sad death some years ago. Dilip gets Johhny to elaborate on accounts that featured in Johnny`s own books like Wing Leader and this throws up a new perspective and is better for almost feeling like you asked the question of the great pilot yourself!

Johhny was an inspirational fighter pilot and the book is full of accounts that will stir any mans blood and make him burn the midnight candle, forgetting what time it is in the effort to finish the book!

You will read it cover to cover and not be disappointed.

Well done Dilip, yet again;A masterly telling from a Maestro.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark S on 24 Jan. 2013
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'Johnnie' Johnson's own autobiography 'Wing Leader' is a well written account of his career as the UK's most successful fighter pilot, but this later collaboration with Dilip Sarkar takes the story to a new level.
Earlier in his writing career, Dilip Sarkar had an irritating habit of punctuating his texts with constant references to his previous works in a style that smacked of self-promotion and which detracted from the story being told. This is entirely absent from this book and Dilip’s undoubted talents both as a researcher and factual writer, combined with his efforts to contact wartime pilots and secure their stories for future generations make this book essential reading.
With his accumulated research covering the careers of Douglas Bader, the origins of the 12 Group ‘Big Wing’ strategy and much more, Dilip Sarkar has been able to greatly enlarge upon Johnson’s story, putting it into a wider context; pulling in contemporary accounts and enriching it with a large number of photographs. It’s hard to fault and whilst I would always recommend Wing Leader as the Great Man’s own account, this is an essential accompaniment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By old man colin on 30 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book for reading and reference.good content of photo's,all books by this author are excellent and well researched and I would recomend this author for any non-fiction material
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Lamb on 19 May 2013
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Fills in the gaps of Johnnie's book "Wing Leader.Many photos I've never seen before.
Book would be more useful with an index.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pearsy1952 on 1 Mar. 2012
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A moving and exiting tribute to the official top scoring WW2 Fighter Ace .
I alway enjoy Dilip Sarkar`s books and this is no exception .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs V M Bailey on 21 Jun. 2013
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The book was a birthday gift for my husband and he is really enjoying reading about our local war hero
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