on 23 January 2012
This book has been well researched by Nick Thomas using the public records, personal documents including letters and Ben Bennions's flying log books. Interviews with relatives have also yielded valuable information. The book contains a good index, some pictures, quotes from Churchill's speeches and broadcasts together with a description of Hitlers directives. As one reads the book one finds it is difficult to put down as the combat reports and descriptions of daily fighter pilot activities are very interesting. The author has done well to make this an interesting book which will be useful for those studying the Battle of Britain or for those who want to find out what is was like for young men to put their lives on the line.
on 12 February 2015
A little known story of a remarkable fighter ace-George "Ben" Bennions of 41 Spitfire Squadron who would have been amongst the top scoring wartime pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, had he not been severely injured in combat high over England, defending the people below, during the summer of 1940.
Ben became one of the top scoring fighter pilots with the hard fighting 41 Squadron during the Dunkirk and Battle of Britain periods. He frequently spotted the enemy first and was a major asset to the Squadron who relied heavily on his experience and his skill during that hard fought summer so desperate to Britain`s survival in 1940.
Nick Thomas has written many superb books-this was one of my favourites (and together with Blood Sweat and Courage by Steve Brew), tells the story of 41 Squadron and its pilots as well as Bennions own part in this.
Bennions would have become a household name like Bader, Tuck, Malan or Lock, had he not been shot down and nearly killed.. Now, Nick has brought him to a new public and hopefully now his name will be known.
A wonderful book that will be appreciated by the general public, the interested seekers of truth and Historians alike.
Highly recommended. Paul Davies BoBHSc
on 19 July 2015
Having been a pupil of Mr Bennions at Catterick Camp County Modern School and then joined the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Apprentice, I was very interested in the history of this local WW2 veteran. I very much enjoyed the book and could relate to a lot of the local and service scenarios. A lot of research must have been carried out by the author, the book is easy and a very enjoyable read.