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Laddie Lucas
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2 Oct 2003
A unique and enthralling anthology compiled by WWII flying ace, Laddie Lucas, Voices in the Air tells the story of the air battles of the Second World War in the voices of those who took part. Drawn largely on the writings of the combatants themselves from all sides of the conflict, this book offers a vivid and highly individual account of the great aerial campaigns of WWII. From a thrilling account of the first sustained dogfight between Spitfire and Messerschmitt in 1940, to an eighteen-year-old Japanese suicide pilot's last letter home and the Luftwaffe leaders' analysis of 'what went wrong' after the Battle of Britain, the book dramatically deals with every aspect of the war. Full of stories of astonishing escapades, incredible bravery, dogged persistence and moving feats of arms, Voices in the Air honours both the sung and the unsung heroes of the war.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099465663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099465669
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After training as a journalist, Laddie Lucas became a distinguished wartime leader in the Royal Air Force, commanding the top-scoring fighter squadron in the Battle of Malta in 1942. He was one of Britain's best-known amateur golfers, leading his country against the US, and as a Conservative MP, he represented Brentford and Chiswick for ten years in the 1950s, serving under Churchill, Eden and Macmillan. In 1976, Laddie Lucas retired and turned to writing. He had a number of books published, including the hugely successful biography of Sir Douglas Bader. Laddie passed away in 1998.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Their voices are still being heard. 5 Jan 2004
By Gareth
I was given this book for Christmas 2003 by my daughters and read most of it in a day!.
I found it very informative as it gave a real insight into what it must have been like to be an airman in WW2.
The book is a series of short accounts given by the men who fought and includes extracts from most of the major nations who
took part between 1939-1945.
The only detail the book lacked was any photographs of the characters quoted, if it had it would have been 5 stars - Enjoy!.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voices in the air 15 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Good read and different to share the thoughts and words of people deeply involved in such a major world event. The most touching story is of an aircraft that had been shot at and not crashed, investigation upon return to base found that the cannon shells did not explode when they hit the aircraft as there was no explosive. Inside one of the shells was a note, "This is all we can do for you now". Even little actions can have a large impact on life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So many heroes 25 Jan 2013
By manxman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have only recently the paperback, which contains some amazing stories of heroism and humour. I will find the read very difficult to put down.
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