THE SUNDAY TIMES NON FICTION BESTSELLER WHSmith NON-FICTION BOOK OF
THE YEAR 2018 '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.' RAF News '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.
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