Spies In The Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence during World War II (Paperback)Taylor Downing (author)
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SPIES IN THE SKY is the thrilling, little-known story of the partner organisation to the famous code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park. It is the story of the daring reconnaissance pilots who took aerial photographs over Occupied Europe during the most dangerous days of the Second World War, and of the photo interpreters who invented a completely new science to analyse those pictures. They were inventive and ingenious; they pioneered the development of 3D photography and their work provided vital intelligence throughout the war.
With a whole host of colourful characters at its heart, from the legendary pilot Adrian 'Warby' Warburton, who went missing while on a mission, to photo interpreters Glyn Daniel, later a famous television personality, and Winston Churchill's daughter, Sarah, SPIES IN THE SKY is compelling reading and the first full account of the story of aerial photography and the intelligence gleaned from it in nearly fifty years.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 132 x 201 x 28 mm
A fascinating read and a significant contribution to the history of World War Two. The code-breakers of Bletchley have become internationally renowned. Now Taylor Downing tells the unsung story of the photo-analysts of Medmenham and the heroic pilots in the skyplanes, putting them back where they belong - at the heart of Britain's secret war. * Professor David Reynolds, author of In Command of History *
Taylor Downing's brilliant research has created a ripping yarn. * Kevin Wilson, Sunday Express *
Spies in the Sky combines the breathless courage of pilots . . . with the mild eccentricity of RAF Medmenham. There's a diverting cast of characters, from Winston Churchill's daughter Sarah to the young matinee idol-to-be Dirk Bogarde, and there's a beguiling account of the way in which the maverick pilot Sidney Cotton . . . fought the brass-hats in Whitehall. * Sinclair McKay, Daily Telegraph *
Spies in the Sky gives a new perspective to some of the most famous moments of the conflict. * Robert McCrum, Observer *
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