|Author||Alexander, Kristen, 1963-, author.;|
|Call Number||940.5449410922 A376a|
|Pagination||xiii, 409 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.|
|Note||Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-395) and index. Jack Kennedy (Sydney), Stuart Walch (Hobart), Dick Glyde (Perth), Ken Holland (Sydney), Pat Hughes (Cooma and Sydney), Bill Millington (Adelaide), John Crossman (Newcastle) and Des Sheen (Canberra): eight Australian Spitfire and Hurricane pilots of the Battle of Britain. Only one survived. During the summer and autumn of 1940, the Luftwaffe launched their campaign to gain superiority over the RAF, especially Fighter Command. The result was the first major battle of World War II (or any war) fought entirel y in the air. The Luftwaffe's defeat by 'The Few' marked a turning point in the Allies' favour. The Battle of Britain is one of the most significant battles of the war, and until now, the role of the Australian 'Few' has received little attention. Kristen Alexander gives a personal account of eight Australian participants, drawing heavily on primary source material and original research. She follows these young men from childhood, through their education, training, personal relationships and flying career s, to death in combat (in the case of seven of the eight men), and beyond that to commemoration.|
|Place made||Sydney :|
Australia's few and the Battle of Britain / Kristen Alexander.
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