Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing: A Collective Memoir 1941 - 1942

Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing: A Collective Memoir 1941 - 1942

by Jon E C Tan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473881693
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr Jon E.C. Tan is a senior lecturer and researcher at Leeds Beckett University. Alongside his academic work, he is a keen military historian specialising in RAF Fighter Commands operations post-1940, as well as those of the 2nd Tactical Air Force during the liberation of Europe 1944-45. In addition, his interests in the First World War have involved him walking the Somme battlefields using period maps.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword xii

A Few Words from Sir Alec Atkinson xiii

Introduction xiv

Chapter 1 To Volunteer 1

Chapter 2 To War and the Bump 11

Chapter 3 Spitties, Cannons and Learning a Trade 18

Chapter 4 Leading the Way 25

Chapter 5 Continuity, Change and More of the Same 34

Chapter 6 Chance, Risk and the Strongest Link 42

Chapter 7 Pea-soupers, Rhubarbs and Sweeps 51

Chapter 8 Sun, Sweeps and the Station Commander 59

Chapter 9 Keeping Up the Pressure 71

Chapter 10 August Storms, Prangs and Time Off 90

Chapter 11 Good OI' Ninety-Two 100

Chapter 12 Bloody October 115

Chapter 13 Winter's Return 133

Chapter 14 New Encounters 143

Chapter 15 Channel Dash 156

Chapter 16 Fledgling Eagles 172

Chapter 17 'Dickie' 187

Chapter 18 Eagles in Ascendance 194

Chapter 19 Morlaix 207

Epilogue 231

Appendix: The Ten Rules of Air Fighting 233

Bibliography 234

Glossary 236

Index 243

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