Fighter Boy: Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot

Fighter Boy: Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot

by Barry Sutton

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The Battle of Britain memoir of Hurricane pilot Barry Sutton, DFC. At twenty-three years of age, Barry Sutton had experienced more than the average person experiences in a lifetime. This book, based on a diary he kept during the Battle of Britain, covers September 1939 to September 1940 during which time based at North Weald, one of Fighter Command's most important fighter stations, he shot down three German fighters and was shot down twice himself. It is also the story of his family, his wife whom he married in the midst of the epic air battle and who helped him survive the horrific injuries he sustained after bailing out of his burning Hurricane fighter plane.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445606279
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.88(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Barry Sutton shot down three enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain, and four more later in the war in Burma. He went on to serve in the RAF for 29 years and ended his career as a Group Captain. He lived out his retirement with his wife on the Isle of Jersey and died in 1988.

Table of Contents

Introduction Caroline Sutton 7

Abbreviations 14

Author's Note 15

Introducing Barry Lovat Dickson 16

1 Sergeant Pilot Barry Sutton 23

2 Training 29

3 Going Solo 32

4 Move to Nottingham 37

5 Volunteer Reserve 40

6 R.A.R 43

7 56 Squadron, North Weald 51

8 August 1939 62

9 Phoney War 66

10 First Encounter 70

11 Martlesham 74

12 The Calm Before the Storm, Christmas 1939 - Spring 1940 78

13 France, May 1940 112

14 Hospital 133

15 Leave 136

16 Return to North Weald 141

17 First Blood 144

18 August 1940 149

Postscript Lovat Dickson 157

Log Book & Combat Reports 160

The Summer of the Firebird 171

List of Illustrations 184

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