THE SUNDAY TIMES NON FICTION BESTSELLER 'The best book you will
ever read about Britain's greatest warplane.' Patrick Bishop,
bestselling author of Fighter Boys. 'A rich and heartfelt tribute
to this most iconic British machine. By focussing on the men (and
women) who flew the Spitfire, John Nichol has brought a fresh and
powerful perspective to the story. And by recording their bravery,
humility, camaraderie, tragedy and sheer joy in flying their
beloved Spits he has done them - and us - a valuable service'
Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607 'As the RAF marks
its centenary, Nichol has created a thrilling and often moving
tribute to some of its greatest heroes.' Jon Dennis, Mail on Sunday
magazine. 'A stirring portrait of a piece of aviation art in motion
flown by the bravest of the brave. Nichol's Spitfire is still a
sky-borne prima ballerina that kicks like Bruce Lee.' The Royal Air
Force Times. 'A superb and compelling book. Brilliantly written
with some incredible and astonishing stories; it is gripping,
moving, emotional and sometimes humorous - just perfect' Squadron
Leader (Ret) Clive Rowley, former Officer Commanding RAF Battle Of
Britain Memorial Flight 'A superb journey through the remarkable
tale of that British icon, the Spitfire. Brilliantly and engagingly
written, this is the most readable story of the aircraft and her
pilots that I have ever had the pleasure to read in a period
spanning some forty-odd years of personal study and research. Truly
stunning.' Andy Saunders, Editor, Britain at War Magazine. The
perfect complementary narrative to the bestselling memoir by
Geoffrey Wellum - First Light. Achtung, Spitfire! The iconic
Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II.
But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond
the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? In late
spring 1940, Nazi Germany's domination of Europe had looked
unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of
France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be
defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his
Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air
Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn't planned for was the agility
and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would
quickly pass into legend - the Spitfire. Bestselling author John
Nichol's passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft,
its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved
them, carries the reader beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex.
Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire's deployment during
WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the
D-Day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining
and full of extraordinary spirit. Here are edge-of-the-seat stories
and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots forced to
bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of
aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the
Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition.
Nichol takes the reader on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving
wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of
redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and
cheer. John Nichol's new book, Lancaster: The Forging of a Very
British Legend, is available for preorder now.
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