Between July and October 1940, in what became known as the Battle of Britain, a nation held its breath while the pilots of the Royal Air Force battled Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies above England. This book catalogues the objects which were essential to every wartime pilot, such as the superstitious good-luck charm, and more.
Between July and October 1940, in what became known as the Battle of Britain, a nation held its breath while the pilots of the Royal Air Force battled Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies above England. A huge number of airmen lost their lives in this hard-fought episode and in the four years of air campaigns that followed, and those who survived faced terrifying risks; as Prime Minister Winston Churchill put it, 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'. In this beautifully illustrated tribute to 'The Few', Bill Howard catalogues the objects which were essential to every wartime pilot, from the superstitious good-luck charm to the parachute on which his life might have depended and a wealth of other poignant items relating to his day-to-day existence during the air war against the Nazis.
Bill Howard is a military historian based in the United States. He has written several books and many articles on military and social history. Michael H. Wagner is a photographer based in Albany, New York.
Foreword / The RAF at War / What the RAF Airman Took to War: RAF Motto; Recruitment; Ground Crew; Officer's Commission; Pilot's Wings; Flight Sergeant Stripes; Aircraft Identification Aids; A Force of Many Nations; Bomber Command; Maps; Type B Flying Helmet; Type C Flying Helmet; Flying Goggles; Night Adaptation Goggles; Flying Scarf; RAF Shirt; RAF Sweater; Shaving Kit; Ditch Whistle; 1930 Pattern Flying Suit; Irvin Parachute; 1941 Pattern 'Mae West' Life Jacket; Oxygen Mask; 1933 Pattern Flying Gauntlets; Type P8 Aircraft Compass; Officer's Peaked Cap; Forage Caps; Testament; 1936 Pattern Flying Boots; 1940 Pattern Flying Boots; Good Luck Charms; A Pilot's Best Friend; Commonwealth Air Units; RAF Escape and Evasion Aids; Scramble Bell; Guinea Pig Club; Survivor Clubs; The WAAF at War; Diary; Letters; Missing-in-Action Letters; Irvin Jacket; Pilot's Flying Log Book; Combat Reports; Ace of Battle; Prisoners of War; Battle of Britain Medal Grouping; In Memoriam / Bibliography / Index
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