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click to enlarge Bolitho, Hector. FINEST OF THE FEW: The Story of Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot John Simpson. NEW copy, hardcover. (Amberley, 2011) 80 photographs, 6x9, 256 pages.
~~~ A brilliant account of a noted Battle of Britain Hurricane ace.
~~~ Book was originally published in 1943 with a limited circulation due to wartime paper shortages. It has remained out of print until now.
~~~ Memoirs of Battle of Britain pilots are as rare as hens teeth, this lost classic deserves shelf space alongside Brian Kingcome’s A Willingness to Die.
~~~ Includes a wealth of contemporary photographs.
~~~ Written by 43 Squadron's intelligence officer, Hector Bolitho, Finest of the Few revolves around Bolitho's friend, fighter ace John W.C. Simpson, who shot down 13 German aircraft during the Battle of Britain. The book was written in 1941 and was based on John Simpson’s Combat Reports, his personal letters and papers together with Hector’s own recollections of the heady days of the summer of 1940.


Dibbs, John & Tony Holmes, SPITFIRE: FLYING LEGEND ~ THE FIGHTER & 'THE FEW'. Osprey, 1999. NEW copy. Coffee table sized. Hardcover with dust jacket, illustrated throughout with large-format black & white and color photos, appendices, index, 192 pages. ~~ OUT OF PRINT.


click to enlarge Kaplan, Phillip. FIGHTER PILOT ACES OF THE RAF IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. NEW copy, hardcover. (Pen and Sword, 2008) 100 black & white photographs, 6x9, 256 pages.
~~~ This book examines the reality behind the myths of the legendary RAF fighter aces during the Battle of Britain. The accounts of the experiences of fighter pilots are based on archival research, diaries, letters, published and unpublished memoirs and personal interviews with veterans.


click to enlarge Ministry of Information, THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN, August-October 1940. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Amberley, 2011) 25 illustrations, 6x9, 36 pages. Original 1940s setting used.
~~~ First published in 1941, The Battle of Britain was a propaganda booklet issued by the Ministry of Information to capitalize on the success of the RAF in defeating the Luftwaffe. An amazing period piece, hundreds of thousands of copies were printed and sold for 6d and it became one of the year’s best selling books. It is the first book to embed in the public imagination the heroics of ‘The Few’.


click to enlarge Sarkar, Dilip. HOW THE SPITFIRE WON THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. NEW copy, hardcover. (Amberley, 2011) 40 illustrations, 6x9, 160 pages.
~~~ Although there were many more Hawker Hurricanes than Supermarine Spitfires engaged in the epic conflict fought over southern England in summer 1940, the public’s imagination was captured by the shapely and charismatic Spitfire. According to legend, however, the Hurricane executed far greater damage on the enemy than all other defenses combined, and was therefore the unsung hero of our ‘Finest Hour’. New research, though, confirms that the Spitfire, although less in number, was in fact supreme, and destroyed an equal number of enemy machines to the more numerous Hurricane force.
~~~ Featuring interviews with pilots who flew to war in both Spitfires and Hurricanes, and following a detailed analysis of combat reports and casualty records, Dilip Sarkar shatters the myth and argues a persuasive case proving that the Hurricane was markedly inferior to the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain – which could have been won by Spitfires, but not Hurricanes, alone. A controversial thesis likely to provoke lively debate, the evidence presented by this retired police detective and expert aviation historian is nonetheless indisputable.


click to enlarge Sarkar, Dilip. THE FEW: The Story of the Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Amberley, 2011) 129 photographs, 7x10, 320 pages.
~~~ The Battle of Britain started on 10 July 1940, ending 16 weeks later on 31 October 1940. The Luftwaffe’s intention was to destroy Fighter Command, domination of the skies being crucial to Hitler’s invasion plan. During that fateful summer, young RAF fighter pilots, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, were scrambled time and time again to face insuperable odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten.
~~~ Dilip Sarkar has been fascinated by the Battle of Britain since childhood and began seriously researching the subject in the 1970s. He wrote thousands of letters and traveled extensively over the UK interviewing the fabled ‘Few’. Over the last 30 years he has interviewed more Battle of Britain survivors than any other author and his archive is a unique collection of veterans ‘voices’. In this new book Dilip Sarkar chronicles the Battle of Britain from start to finish, drawing extensively from his interviews with pilots.


click to enlarge Zimmerman, David. BRITAIN'S SHIELD: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Amberley, 2011) 41 black & white illustrations, 6x9, 352 pages.
~~~ 2010 is not only the seventieth anniversary of the legendary Battle of Britain, it is also the seventieth anniversary of another finest hour – that of Radar. Malta's unique contribution to Allied victory in the Mediterranean The bravery and skill of British pilots in the Second World War, and the fighting capability of their aircraft, would have been in vain had they not been part of a highly complex and sophisticated air defense system based on radar. The development of this system in just five years is one of the most remarkable scientific and technological accomplishments of the twentieth century.
~~~ Despite this, the creation of radar defense has been somewhat overlooked. Many of the studies on radar have focused on the development of the technology, with little attention given to the creation of the much larger system for integrating it into the nation’s air defenses. Britain’s Shield relates the development of radar with the diplomatic and air policy concerns of the period. It shows how a small group of scientists, engineers, airmen and politicians accomplished this technological miracle, and offers a revisionist appraisal of Churchill’s role, showing that his influence was, more often than not, counterproductive to the development of effective air defenses.


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