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5.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding account
This is the first hand account of the author's experiences flying in combat at the beginning of the war and the Battle of Britain. Written after the events, but still within the immediacy of these events, it never the less suffered from the war censor's pen and in its original form was devoid of the names or locations of where the events took place which would probably...
Published on 30 Jan 2011 by Martin Clifford

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3.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back in time to listen to a first hand account.
I bought this having just re-read First Light, Geoffrey Wellum's wonderful narrative leaving me thirsting for more of the same. This is not in the same league really, but a worthwhile read non the less if you simply want to know what it was like flying a Spitfire from 1939 to 41.

In comparing the two, Wellum wrote his masterpiece with the wisdom of his older...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back in time to listen to a first hand account., 4 Jan 2014
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I bought this having just re-read First Light, Geoffrey Wellum's wonderful narrative leaving me thirsting for more of the same. This is not in the same league really, but a worthwhile read non the less if you simply want to know what it was like flying a Spitfire from 1939 to 41.

In comparing the two, Wellum wrote his masterpiece with the wisdom of his older years, having honed his writing skills to convey not only what he did but how it felt, as dramatic events transformed him from raw recruit to fighter ace. Brian Lane's account, in contrast, is more a series of diary extracts written by a young man in his early twenties in the heat of battle. It is written in the vernacular of the period, with wartime 'let's teach the Huns a lesson' bravado. It concentrates on his wartime flying experiences, does not go into his training and hardly touches on his private life or emotions, so you don't really get to know the writer as you do with Wellum's book.

What this book does do however is make you feel as though you are going back in time, to sit alongside the author in the officers' mess, listening to his first hand account of the sortie he's just returned from, whether it was one of intense life or death combat or a frustrating, fruitless search for enemy aircraft in poor weather or an attempted night time intercept. Like the author's life sadly, it ends prematurely.

My only criticism is the text is littered with typos; stray commas all over the place and full stops mysteriously appearing in the middle of sentences. The proof reader must have gone awol.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding account, 30 Jan 2011
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This is the first hand account of the author's experiences flying in combat at the beginning of the war and the Battle of Britain. Written after the events, but still within the immediacy of these events, it never the less suffered from the war censor's pen and in its original form was devoid of the names or locations of where the events took place which would probably have made the book a difficult read.
Dilip Sarkar acting as an `un-censoring' editor has, by virtue of no small level of research, put names to all the blanks present in the original manuscript. This has produced a very easy, readable account of Brian lane's exploits which I would commend to anyone wanting to get a flavour of the fighting life of one of our departed heroes.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting period insights, 21 Nov 2010
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The ''manuscript'' or rather diary entries and sundry notes to this book were actually written during the war.
Therefore not just another pilot's story but one also live with ''fresh'' recounts of subtle details apart from flying/fighting action and it does appeal to me a great deal.
Sadly the story ends in December 1942.
I found it great reading, forgetting to take a look at the photographs, (loads of them printed on glossy paper) inside until I opened it again today to check for details before submitting this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short but brilliant, 27 Mar 2014
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Not a very long and written by a very modest man but if you wish to know what it was like to fly during the battle of Britain, this tops the reading list
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight, 17 Mar 2014
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If you like Spitfires and wondered what it was like, this is for you. It was written just after the battle and has a immediacy to it that is rare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian lane speaks for all battle of Britain pilots, 13 April 2013
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This is a really splendid book, written by a most brave, capable young man, who failed to survive the 1939-45 conflict. One forgets, so easily, how accomplished were so many persons of yesteryear, in the art of writing an interesting, subjective account of their extraordinary experiences and making those experiences sound ordinary in the process. It is a tradition that, one hopes, is still alive and well in these islands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but all too short, 16 Sep 2012
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This was an intriguing read and you have to keep reminding yourself that Lane wrote this as the war raged. He is quite matter of fact and events are fast moving. It would have been nice to know a little more of the man and his feelings. Surprisingly, he writes of the excitement and longing to go up to find enemy planes to do battle with and the disappointment when none are spotted. Dilip Sarkar has done well in filling in lost information and thus making it easier reading.
A nice little insight into Spitfire flying, but the end (of the book) came all too soon.
Geoffrey Wellam's First Light however, is still I believe, the best account of the spitfire fighter pilot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Delivered, 17 Sep 2013
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I ordered this item on 16th August, which was apparently despatched on 19th August with a estimated delivery date of 23rd August. This was as part of a birthday package for my Father, who was in 23 Squadron R,A.F. It is now the 17th September & the item has STILL NOT been received!!
VERY POOR SERVICE!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes Your Life Feel Boring, 30 Aug 2013
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Good read.
Makes you realise what these guys
went through and makes my life seem so
boring. I wish I lived in this period.
No health and safety crap or do gooders.
Just got on with what needed doing..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal gift, 23 Aug 2013
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Informative and moving book. Bought as a retirement present, it was really appreciated by an ex RAF pilot who still holds flying close to his heart
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