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During the Second World War, men of many nations - Britons, Americans, air men from the Commonwealth and Occupied Europe - and their equally determined, courageous German foes - fought and died in the skies over Europe. Reconstructing events, often from wreckage recovered, new lines of research and eyewitness accounts, Ian McLachlan presents a new selection of stories vividly describing how air men of these nations flew into history. Sometimes, when aircraft crashed, or were shot down, the remains would be quickly buried and forgotten in the turmoil of war. Decades later, these wrecks and relics can reveal their secrets to the expert investigator. Their excavation and preservation can serve as a tribute to the bravery and airman ship of their crews. By reconstructing wartime events from evidence in the wreckage, eyewitness accounts and contemporary documentation, aviation archaeologists can identify the flyers involved and shed new light on the air war over Europe during the Second World War. Aviation archaeology expert Ian McLachlan has assembled a new selection of dramatic stories, written in his highly successful style, full of human interest, recounting the last flights of aviators of many nations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750942997
ISBN-10: 0750942991
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 214
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Ian McLachlan

IAN MCLACHLAN is an authority on the history of the wartime USAAF and is the author of Final Flights (1989), Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories (1991), Night of the Intruders (1994), USAAF Fighter Stories (1997), Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories: A New Selection (2004) and USAAF Fighter Stories: A New Selection (2005). He lives in Beccles, Suffolk.

Books By Author Ian McLachlan

Flights Into History by Ian McLachlan

Flights Into History

Paperback, July 2010
Night of the Intruders by Ian McLachlan

Night of the Intruders

Hardback, June 2010
USAAF Fighter Stories by Ian McLachlan

USAAF Fighter Stories

Hardback, May 2005
Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories by Ian McLachlan

Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories

Hardback, August 2004