Spitfire Ace

Spitfire Ace

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Pitched into the maelstrom of air fighting in the summer of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Gordon Olive barely lived to tell this extraordinary tale of courage and endurance. As Britain fought alone for its survival, 'the Few' of RAF Fighter Command took to the air grievously outnumbered, many reaching breaking point, exhausted physically and mentally by unreleting, intense combat. Gordon Olive flew the iconic Spitfire for over 125 missions above London and the south-east in the white heat of the aerial battle for supremacy of the skies. One of the most heavily engaged pilots of the Battle, he shot down ten enemy aircraft. This is his story of what it was like to dogfight with Messerschmitts at speeds of 400 mph, experiencing G forces close to blackout, at one moment to be drenched in sweat with exertion, the next to be freezing at 25, 000 feet, to smell the cordite of your own fighter's machine guns and feel cannon shells explode against the back of your armoured seat. Illustrated in colour with forty unique paintings of the aerial battle of summer 1940 by the author.Both were credited with shooting down six of the opposition, but they were smarter than me, as they did not get shot up themselves. At least not ... It had clearly been in a scrap as it was even more full of holes than my Spitfire. I climbed ... I found an office and the incumbent produced a car and drove me to the medical centre.

Title:Spitfire Ace
Author:Gordon Olive, DFC, Dennis Newton
Publisher:Amberley Publishing Limited - 2015-07-06


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