The summer of 1940 and the Battle of Britainthe darkestdays of World War II. France, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands,Luxembourg and Norway had all been crushed by the powerful Nazi German warmachine. Great Britain stood alone, fighting for its life. 303 Squadron is the thrilling storyof the celebrated squadron of Polish fighter pilots whose superb skill in theair helped save England during its most desperate hours. They were thehighest-scoring Allied fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain, downing threetimes the average RAF score while incurring only one-third the averagecasualties. Dashing and gallant 303 Squadron was lionized by the British press,congratulated by the King, and adored by the British public. With an immediacy that vividly brings to life those harrowing days, Fiedlerpaints the bravery, the poignancy, the breathtaking gambles with death riskeddaily by this exceptional group of young men far from home, who fought topreserve freedom for all. Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polishsquadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcomeof the battle would have been the same."
British Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding Translated from the Polish; identifies the pilots by their real names for thefirst time in English. Nearly 200 black & white photos, maps andillustrations; contextualizing historical material; nine appendices. Selection of the History Book Club and theMilitary Book Club. Winner: GOLD Award for History, 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards SILVER Award for Interior Design, 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 830 g
Dimensions: 239 x 167 x 32 mm
Thrilling action story of the famous squadron of Polish fighter pilots whose superb aerial combat skills helped save Britain during the most desperate days of WWII. Underdog heroes who rose to defend against the deadliest German Luftwaffe attacks, the pilots of 303 Squadron were lionized by the British press, congratulated by the King, and adored by the British public. Wonderful account. -- Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud, authors of A Question of Honor "Deserves five stars for every single one of its pages. Vivid and thrilling almost beyond measure." Waterstone's Bookseller Review, December 7, 2010 "About as exciting as it gets. A must read." The Washington Times, December 1, 2010 "Vividly captures the drama, the danger, and the spirit of the times." College & Research Libraries News, April 2011 "Superb. A riveting read." Cosmopolitan Review, Spring 2011 Published an excerpt from 303 Squadron -- read the excerpt at:http://www.polandww2.com/images/MEDIA_ROOM/NewsAndReviews/2011/airspaceexcerpt2011nov.pdf Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine, November 2011 "Compelling." Flying Magazine, March 2011 "Does a terrific job bringing to life an extraordinary moment in the history of the war. Exceptionally high quality." Sarmatian Review, January 2011 "A lively epic. Readers feel they're in those planes." Polish American Journal, February 2011 "A story of heroic pilots who know no fear." Polish Review, No. 4, 2010