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A Willingness to Die: Memories From Fighter Command Paperback – Illustrated, 10 Jan 2006
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(1) Kingcome does not concentrate on the individual actions/kills that earned him the fighter ace accolades (he is very modest on this subject). Instead he concentrates on the bigger picture of the war and serving his country.
(2) Kingcome wrote to book in later life not immediately after WW II. Consequently when he describes life in the RAF and the 1930's and 40's he is able to describe how different things were then to now - the details are themselves interesting.
I would recommend this book.
This is a little different in that Brian Kingcome added more of his personal life as an overlay well before, during and well after his military flying days. The first line typifies this with the statement "Anyone looking for a chronological order of events won't find it here." It is therefore much the better for it, and it is an enjoyable read of a modest man.
Covering from his school days through well into his later business life, it is well presented with many anecdotes. It included his somewhat unlucky scrapes with cars which nearly ended his flying career before it had even started. The subsequent facial reconstruction gives a view into the early world of plastic surgery and Brian was an honorary "guinea pig" as a result.
It is very sad that the text was not fully finished at the time of his death in 1994 and this is noted in the foreword by Geoffrey Wellum and the editor, Peter Ford.
However, the Brian has done an excellent job of bringing his experiences to life - and this doesn't detract from the odd typo in the text. His story as laid out is a reminder of a world and a way of life far removed from today.
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