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The Spitfire kids

By: BBC Worldwide Cross, Alasdair

1472281969 / 9781472281968
Published 13/05/2021
United Kingdom
24 cm 320 pages
General (US: Trade)  Learn More Professional & Vocational Tertiary Education (US: College)

'An inspirational read celebrating the incredible young people who gave so much for this iconic British aircraft'.

John Nichol, bestselling author of Spitfire: A Very British Love StoryDespite the many films and television programmes over the decades since the end of the Second World War that portrays our allied heroes as grown-up men and women, the Battle of Britain was in the main actually fought and won by teenagers.

The average age of an RAF fighter pilot was just twenty years old.

Many of the men and women who designed and built their planes were even younger.

Based on the hit BBC World Service podcast Spitfire: The People's Story, we use contemporary diaries and memoirs, many of them previously unpublished, to tell the story of the Spitfire through the voices of the teenagers who risked everything to design, build and fly her.

This isn't a story of stiff-upper lips, stoical moustaches and aerial heroics; it's a story of love and loss, a story of young people tested to the very limits of their endurance. Young people who won a battle that turned a war.


HBTB Social & cultural history, HBW Military history, JWMV Military vehicles, WGM Aircraft: general interest

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