A SPITFIRE PILOT'S STORY


A SPITFIRE PILOT'S STORY

DENNIS NEWTON    Book Number: 83265    Product format: Hardback

Pat Hughes is today perhaps the greatest unsung hero of the Battle of Britain. Ranked sixth in the 'Ace of Aces' of the aerial campaign of summer 1940, he shot down at least 14 enemy aircraft, mostly the Spitfire's closely matched rival the Messerschmitt Me109. As a flight commander in the 234 Squadron, he advocated bold, close-in tactics and during July 1940 scored the squadron's first victory. The burden of command fell on his shoulders before the squadron was transferred to the Southeast of England, where he endured the heaviest and most sustained period of fighting of the Battle of Britain. Revered by his fellow pilots, Hughes began a shooting spree on 15th August that only ended when he was killed during the first huge daylight attack on London on 7th September. In the last three days of his life alone, he contributed at least six kills. His death in mysterious circumstances left Kathleen, his bride of six weeks, a war widow. This family-authorised biography nerve-shreddingly shows what it was like to be a Spitfire pilot. With 40 never-before-published photos, large elegant hardback 288pp, colour.
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ISBN 9781445654140
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