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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few, 17 Jun 2012
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This book is a very well written diary of events in the life of David Crook DFC, a Spitfire pilot during WW2. It is very easy to read and gives a very true to life description of what it was like to fly a Spitfire during this time. A very enjoyable read and recommended for anyone who is interested in WW2 flying stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAF Battle of Britain first-hand-account written in the white-heat of battle!, 16 Aug 2014
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I came across a second-hand copy of the original wartime edition many years ago, and treasured it.
As other reviewers have briefly noted, this is a clear account of some of the fighting during the Battle of Britain by one of the Few.
As far as I am aware, David Crook was later killed in action.
What the other reviewers do not mention is that this book was a companion volume to others in a series that were specially commissioned during World War II.
I believe that some experienced service men were given special leave, while assigned the task of writing about their combat experiences.
Leonard Cheshire was taken off flying duties after completing a tour of operations flying Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley twin-engine bombers, and another tour flying Handley-Page Halifax four-engine bombers.
He wrote "Bomber Pilot".
His tail-gunner was also set the task of writing, and the result was "Tail Gunner".
(Later, of course, Cheshire commanded the famous 617 Squadron known as "The Dam Busters", and later still was an observer at the bombing of Nagasaki, and became a major charity worker.)
Similarly, Guy Gibson, after the success of the Dam Busting raid with 671 Squadron, was taken of active duties and wrote "Enemy Coast Ahead", which outlined his experiences leading up to the Dams raid, Operation Chastise.
Also, Ginger Lacey wrote "Hurricane Pilot".
(On his own initiative, rather than as an official assignment, Richard Hillary wrote "The Last Enemy", his story of his university days, experiences as a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, and the consequences of plastic surgery after being shot down in a burning plane.)
These authors are the prose counterpart to Official War Artists, and give personal insight into the Official Histories.
John Gough - Deakin University (retired) - jagough49@gmail.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, 16 April 2013
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A truly wonderful book, very well written about a pilot who flew through an epic era of aviation & wartime flying, highly recommended reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very evocative account, 1 Jun 2012
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Written in the modest style of the times I found this book very moving. For anyone who enjoys reading about the Battle of Britain this is a most excellent read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase, 6 Dec 2011
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I bought this as a gift for my Husband. The book was in perfect order and he was delighted with all aspects of the book. Excellent purchase. Would thoroughly recommend. Thank you. I give the link for others who may be interested [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOB 2, 30 Mar 2013
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A great book which provides an account from that of the actual Battle, and how it was at the time rather than many authors own personal takes on the Battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace!, 24 Jun 2014
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A poignant account of life & loss prior to & during, Fighter Commands finest hour written, by one of its finest 'Few'!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, 18 Oct 2014
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It's a good read. It's published from the late-author's diary and covers his life up to shortly after the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Sep 2014
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Fantastic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Aug 2014
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good book
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