Wine, Women and Song: A Spitfire Pilot's Story Compiled from Doug Brown's Letters and Reminscences (Hardback)Hamish Brown (author)
Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 21/06/2012
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This frank account of New Zealand Spitfire pilot Doug Brown traces his training and action experienced in the RAF and social activities during the war. From 'signing up' as a young 20 year old when World War II broke out in 1939, he ventured to Canada on the Awatea with 200 trainees and then on to England. The first solo in a Spitfire was almost his last and he crashed on his first operation with 485 Squadron. It was a life of contrasts: the thrill of flying; the loss of fellow airmen; anticipation of combat; the boredom of 'readiness'; indulgent mess banquets; rough conditions; pranks and comradeship; and the unrelenting toil of war. None would deny the effect the intensive active service would have on the mental and physical state of pilots and all servicemen. Boys quickly became men and survivors would claim they were the best years of their lives.
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 1100 g
Dimensions: 248 x 172 x 22 mm
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