Norman Franks - RAF Fighter Command 1936-1968 (2nd Hand Hardback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 1992
- ISBN : 9 781852 603441
- SKU : SHB000215
- Quantity Available : 1
Fighter Command, formed in 1936, did indeed play a vital role in the Second World War. During the Dunkirk evacuation its pilots flew 2,739 of the RAF's 3,561 sorties to provide aerial defence of the beach and convoys - and in the Battle of Britain, or course, they made history.
But Fighter Command's story spanned more than three decades. It is told here from an unusual standpoint by expert aviation historian Norman Franks. While touching on the politics and higher echelon organisation, he concentrates more on a balance between broad strategy and first-hand accounts from the airmen themselves.
He traces the technological development from silver bi-planes to supersonic and VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, and the nuclear capability that ultimately made this Command redundant. Just as fascinating are the insights into the men who shaped operations - leaders like Dowding, Park, Leigh Mallory and Sholto Douglas, and fighter pilots such as Johnnie Johnson, Sailor Malan, Douglas Bader and John Cunningham, as well as many of the less famous names, all of whom made their contribution.
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