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Fight for the air
Turner, John Frayn, 1923-
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Published in the United Kingdom by Airlife Publ., 2000.

Includes index.
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D785 .T87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This epic air story of World War II is a powerful, poignant cross-section of the global air conflict from the perspective of British and American pilots. The author artfully weaves the historical backdrop with the pilots' accounts of one-on-one dogfights, dangerous bombing missions, and narrow escapes. Whether recounting the dark days of the Battle of Britain or the far-flung operations in the South Pacific, the narrative pulls the reader into the cockpit where the smell of fuel, the percussion of anti-aircraft fire, and the strain of man and machine stretched to their limits are palpable. The pilots' stories of courage in the face of danger and death--including the rescue of a young Lt. George Bush--provide an inspiring theme throughout. This book is a must read for pilots and everyone else who appreciates "the right stuff."

Author Notes

John Frayn Turner is the author of 25 books, mostly modern history and biography. He is an authority on aviation and ten or more of his books have aeronautical associations. Turner has been closely connected with the Royal Air Force for many years. He worked for two decades on RAF publicity, made numerous test flights of new aircraft, flew at twice the speed of sound as long ago as 1963 and accompanied the famous Red Arrows aerobatic team. He lives in Surrey, in the south of England

Table of Contents

1 The Blitzkrieg Beginsp. 1
2 The Air Battle of Dunkirkp. 4
3 The Battle of Britainp. 10
4 Attack on the Gneisenaup. 26
5 Beating the Blitzp. 33
6 Hunting the Bismarckp. 40
7 The Struggle for Maltap. 47
8 Pearl Harbor and Afterp. 52
9 The Channel Attackp. 58
10 Can One Man Save a Carrier?p. 63
11 Early Strikes at Japanp. 66
12 Malta Victoryp. 70
13 Air Escape from Javap. 76
14 Bomber Offensivep. 80
15 Duel in the Stratospherep. 90
16 The Air Battle of El Alameinp. 92
17 The Story of Two Brothersp. 96
18 Tangerine--She Is All They Claimp. 102
19 The Dam Bustersp. 106
20 The Saga of Suzy-Qp. 115
21 The U boat War--Britishp. 120
22 The U boat War--Americanp. 127
23 The Regensburg Raidp. 131
24 Bale Out Over Indiap. 136
25 Gunner Over Lorientp. 139
26 The Legless Survivorp. 144
27 Target Schweinfurtp. 147
28 Berlin or Bustp. 152
29 Fighters in the Frayp. 157
30 My Battle from Britainp. 161
31 Nuremburg and Schweinfurtp. 165
32 Softening-up for D-Dayp. 170
33 First Blood to the Skymenp. 175
34 The Pathfindersp. 192
35 George Bush and the Flying Casketp. 199
36 It Should Have Been a Milk Run...p. 203
37 Even the Birds Walkp. 208
38 The Skies of Iwo Jimap. 215
39 Assault on the Rhinep. 221
40 The Atomic Bomb and Victoryp. 227
A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortressp. 234
B Grumman Hellcatp. 237
C Boeing B-29 Superfortressp. 240
Indexp. 243