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Battle of Britain - a Second World War Spitfire Pilot 1939 - 1941 (My Story) Paperback – 5 May 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Scholastic; new edition edition (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407103709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407103709
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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This one's my favourite one yet of the series. I have never read about the Battle of Britain before, not from a RAF and aircrew perspective anyway. I am ashamed to say that I have never even considered pilots who fight in battles before this, because the focus is usually always on those fighting on land.

Chris Priestley's style of writing is great. It was very amusing, very entertaining, very evocative and poignant, and most importantly...very real. He knew how to get us attached to Harry, to his family, to his friends, to Lenny especially - and he was able to successfully accomplish this in very limited space. Add to this the historical context, and the knowledge that is gained by reading this.

I found the Moby-Dick part hilarious, and the German soldier part at the end extremely depressing. And the concept of war being honourable reminded me of one of my favourite poems "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen during World War I. In this poem, Owen refers to the old age lie, "Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori" - meaning, it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for one's country.

On a separate note, reading the historical section at the back of the book, they included the nationalities of aircrew involved in the Battle of Britain, and how many of them were killed throughout. I was very surprised, and proud, to note that there was one Palestinian pilot, who took part in this battle. As I am a Palestinian myself, I found that to be of extreme interest.
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Anyone who is interested in the Battle of Britain will find this personal account of what it was really like will appreciate this book. Although there have been many books writtedn on this subject this is slightly different and takes the reader with the author into the cockpit.
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got this for my 10 yr old daughter and she loved it, she really got into the book and its also helped her with a school project that will be coming up soon
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With so many books available on this subject, it was refreshing to read one which exuded reality, cheerfulness and optimism. No "poor us, so stretched, tired and overworked in the cockpit", more a case of " I'm young, lucky to be a pilot of a wonderful aircaft defending my Country, and let's get on with the story!".... even a hint of Biggles!! Well done, Chris Priestley - great account of your involvement and beautifully put across to the reader.
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A really disappointing book aimed for a young child and one full of stereotypes and myths perpetuated.

Far better books exist for even young children to read of this important part in our history.

Paul Davies BOBHSc
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Felt it was a good factual account, but was not initially aware the characters of the story were fictional. I did enjoy the book but felt it was too condensed, hence the 4 star rating.
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My 10 year old son loved this book and so did I. The story was exciting and peppered with interesting facts about the war. Very well written too, a welcome change these days!
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A good read, although fictional characters , the truth wasn't far behind, a story of the struggle that pilots had both to do their duty and to stay alive.
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