RAF Fighter Command Pilot

RAF Fighter Command Pilot

The Western Front 1939–42

Warrior 164
  • Author: Mark Barber
  • Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Short code: WAR 164
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2012
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The recent 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, combined with the threat of significant cuts to the current RAF, have highlighted the importance of Fighter Command in the early days of World War II once more. The role of the "few”, as described by Churchill, during the Battle of Britain has been the subject of much mythologizing both at the time and in the years since. This title will put Fighter Command in context; describing the lack of funding and attention which it received during the interwar period, until it was almost too late. The myth of the fighter pilot will be humanized, with first-hand accounts quoted which put nervous but brave human beings from all walks of life in the cockpit. Although the Battle of Britain may not have in itself been the decisive encounter that it has historically been portrayed as, the moral victory won by the RAF, the victory that proved that Germany could be defeated, was just as important as a military-strategic victory.

Biographical Note

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. Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specializing in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th-century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Contents

RAF Fighter Command in the inter-war period
Recruitment and training
Equipment: flying clothing and uniform
Aircraft of Fighter Command
On Campaign: conditions in theatre
Belief and Belonging
Experience of battle: tactics of air combat
Museums and surviving aircraft
Bibliography
Index

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