Author(s): John Willis
The most famous turning point of World War II.
Eighty years after the Battle of Britain this vivid and dramatic book tells the story, in their own words, of six brave young men who fought courageously in the skies above England to prevent Hitler's invasion of Britain.
This thin blue line in their Hurricanes and Spitfires were the few to whom Churchill said the nation owed so much. It was, as one pilot's wife put it a queer, golden time, when men in their teens and twenties fought each other in a brutal but still gentlemanly conflict. At stake was the very future of Britain.
The six men in this sympathetic but honest portrayal were from vastly contrasting backgrounds. Geoffrey Page, shot down in his Hurricane and the victim of horrendous burns, was a founder member of the legendary Guinea Pig Club. Bob Doe, also badly injured, was one of the most successful fighter aces but remained unheralded and out of the public eye. Cyril Bamberger rose from humble origins as a Sergeant Pilot to win a DFC and bar. Joseph Slagowski was one of the small band of heroic Polish pilots whose contribution to the Battle, as this book shows, remains scandalously undervalued.