This edition of British Flying Legends provides an accessible and immediate introduction to three of Britain’s greatest aviation heroes, the aircraft that they flew and their outstanding contribution to Allies’ efforts during the Second World War. This edition includes the chapters, Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters, John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck and RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire. This eBook is available as an ePub from rabbit & snail, or as eBooks from Amazon and Kobo.
Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of the infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943, providing a fitting and timely tribute to a truly courageous aviator.
This introduction to the Dambusters raid gives the reader an immediate and straightforward insight into the life and personality of Guy Gibson, aimed at people who are looking for an uncomplicated account of a significant part of British wartime history.
John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck tells the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot and flying legend who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Nazi Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck.
In addition to the Bismarck, this book also looks at the dramatic sinking of HMS Hood and the loss of over 1,400 of her crew during the short Battle of the Denmark Strait, the story of HMS Ark Royal and the aircraft that helped deliver the decisive torpedo attacks, including the out-dated Fairey Swordfish biplane.
RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire recounts the extraordinary achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation legends, the man responsible for creating Britain’s most iconic fighter aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire.
Reginald Joseph Mitchell worked his way up from the workshop to become Supermarine’s technical director. During his tragically short career he designed twenty-four aircraft, including those that won the prestigious Schneider Trophy air-race an astonishing five times, eventually winning the trophy in perpetuity for Great Britain.
The three chapters equate to three short stories, running to around 80 published pages.