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Description - Air Force Blue by Patrick Bishop

In a return to sweeping social history of wartime, Patrick Bishop - author of bestselling Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys - explores the lives and wartime experience of thousands of men and women who served in all units of the airforce. To mark the centenary of the RAF in 2018.

Air warfare was a terrible novelty of the modern age, requiring a new military outlook. From the beginning, the RAF's identity set it apart from the traditional services. It was innovative, flexible and comparatively meritocratic, advancing the quasi-revolutionary idea that competence was more important than background.

The Air Force went into the war with inadequate machines, training and tactics, and the early phase was littered with setbacks and debacles. Then, in the summer of 1940, in full view of the population, Fighter Command won one of the decisive battles of the struggle. Thereafter the RAF was gilded with an aura of success that never tarnished, going on to make a vital contribution to Allied victory in all theatres.

Drawing from diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews, Air Force Blue captures the nature of combat in the skies over the corrugated wastes of the Atlantic, the sands of the Western Desert and the jungles of Burma. It also brings to life the intensely lived dramas, romances, friendships and fun that were as important a part of the experience as the fighting.

Air Force Blue portrays the spirit of the RAF - its heart and soul - during its finest hours. It is essential reading for the millions in Britain and the Commonwealth whose loved ones served, and for anyone who wants to understand the Second World War.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007433155
ISBN-10: 0007433158
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 28mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patrick Bishop

Patrick Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling `Fighter Boys', `Bomber Boys', `3 Para' and `Ground Truth'. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, reporting from conflicts all over the world.

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