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Their Finest Hour
on 4 May 2014
A detailed account of the daily - and nightly - battles faced by both pilots and ground crews defending these shores in 1940. While it cannot have been for those involved directly, the opening chapters were a little tedious listing each squadron sent up to defend against various fighters and bombers. But sticking with it you're drawn in to the conflict, and soon marvel at how initially the outnumbered Hurricanes and Spitfires go up against 100's of enemy bombers and their fighter escorts day after day with little rest. While today we look forward to sunshine and fine weather , the crews of fighter command knew fine weather would mean more enemy attacks.
Accounts of pilots being shot down and their terrible injuries illustrate just how the few held back the attacks and threat of invasion.