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Description - For Your Freedom and Ours by Lynne Olson

The story of the Polish pilots who fought in the RAF in the Battle of Britain has often been briefly referred to in histories of the war, but it has never, before now, properly told. It is, simply, a great story. Trained by the Americans in the '20's, the Polish fighter pilots fought through the defeat of their own country in 1939 and then alongside the French in the fall of France the following year. Defying the orders of the French government to surrender to the Germans, they made their varied ways to Britain, where, far more experienced than their British counterparts, they became the RAF's most successful aces. In the Battle of Britain, flying as 303 Squadron, they downed 126 German planes, more than three times as many as any other squadron. Described by an American bomber pilot as 'the best damn fighter squadron in the world', they became heroes to the British and idols to young women. According to Sir Archibald Sinclair, Britain's wartime air force minister, without them 'our shortage of trained pilots would have made it impossible to defeat the German air force and so win the Battle.'Olson and Cloud tell the story of the Polish pilots, focussing on a small group of five

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099428121
ISBN-10: 0099428121
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lynne Olson

Stanley W. Cloud and Lynne Olson are the authors of The Murrow Boys. They live in Washington, D. C.