Winning the battle for supremacy in the skies over western Europe, 1941-1945
Size: 234 x 156mm Hardback
Pages: 256 plus 20pp b/w photos
ISBN: 1 904943 11 X
Victory Fighters is largely a collection of eye witness accounts of the struggle that raged in
the skies over occupied Europe after the Battle of Britain. Expertly selected and interwoven
by Stephen Darlow, the book centres on the stories of six pilots and one navigator, the telling
of which covers every aspect of this battle over land and sea.
The author describes and analyses the relevant command decisions from the highest level down
and against this background the men give their accounts from the start of their flying careers
through to the preparations for Operation Overlord, including the invasion itself, the liberation
of France, the crossing of the Rhine, and the end of the war in Europe on VE-Day.
Through their eyes, the reader is introduced to a series of different tasks and situations,
a multitude of aircraft types – Sunderlands, Mustangs, Tempests, Typhoons, Spitfires, Whirlwinds,
Mosquitoes – and a great many squadrons.
Through interviews and diligent research of documents, diaries and correspondence, the author
has produced a fitting testament to these men and the countless others they represent.
'. . . a gripping narrative which vividly evokes the dangers and excitement
of air combat' - Eastern Daily Press
'I must congratulate you in the
book "Victory Fighters", which is true history' - George Kelsey
' . . . it is a masterpiece and I congratulate you on the superb
research that you did to pull it all together' - Hart Finley DFC