RAF Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42

RAF Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849087797
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Series: Warrior
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,263,593
Product dimensions: 7.27(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Lieutenant Mark Barber RN is a pilot based at RNAS Culdrose. His dissertation on the Fleet Air Arm in the Mediterranean in World War II was named as the best in year at the Royal Navy Academy, Dartmouth. He was named Best Aircrew Officer upon graduation of his class. His unlimited access to Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm museum records and photos, has resulted in a book that is a worthy addition to the annals of British naval aviation.

Table of Contents

RAF Fighter Command in the Inter-War Period 4

Recruitment and Training 9

Equipment: Flying Clothing and Uniform 15

Aircraft of Fighter Command 24

On Campaign: Conditions in Theatre 31

Belief and Belonging 42

Experience of Battle: Tactics of Air Combat 47

Museums and Surviving Aircraft 62

Bibliography 63

Index 64

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RAF Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KOMET More than 1 year ago
This book offers both a concise and comprehensive view into the pilots who flew in RAF Fighter Command during the early years of the Second World War in Europe. Though like his German counterpart, the RAF fighter pilot was well-trained in basic flying and aerobatics, he was sadly deficient at the war's outset in gunnery and saddled with antiquated formation tactics. Tactics which oftentimes in France, and later during the early phases of the Battle of Britain, put the RAF pilot at a decided disadvantage when taking on a nimble and wily enemy employing looser, more flexible tactics in the air. Consequently, through trial and error, RAF Fighter Command --- thanks to the initiative of individual pilots and units blooded in combat --- adopted better tactics which, during the critical years of the war, allowed it to hold its own against the Luftwaffe. Any aviation enthusiast will love this book. It is a valuable resource for any study of RAF Fighter Commmand between 1939 and 1942.