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The Polish ‘Few’ Operation Sealion Men of the Battle of Britain

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Dowding & Churchill Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing Hurricane Squadron Ace

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Battle of Britain Aircraft Salvage in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain

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In the news
Wing Commander Tom “Ginger” Neil, one of the last surviving Battle of Britain fighter aces, died peacefully on 11 July aged 97. The RAF hero was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar and Air Force Cross (AFC) for his extraordinary bravery during the Battle of Britain, during which he flew a total of 141 combat missions and was credited with 13 ‘kills’. You can read his obituary in the Telegraph, here.

Only a week after Tom Neil passed away, another of The Few sadly died this week, as it was announced that Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC, who was just 18 when he joined the RAF in August 1939 and became the youngest Spitfire pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain, died at his home in Cornwall on Wednesday evening, aged 96. Find out more via BBC News.


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Flying, Fighting and Reflection – The Life of Battle of Britain Fighter Ace, Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC AE by Peter Jacobs, to be published in September 2018 by Greenhill Books.

This is the thrilling account of the Battle of Britain ace fighter pilot, Tom “Ginger” Neil. Neil was one of an elite band, nicknamed “The Few” by Winston Churchill, he flew Hurricanes during 141 combat missions in that battle and went on to command the first Spitfire XII squadron during 1942/43 as the RAF went on the offensive in north-west Europe.

In this, the only full account of Neil’s life to be published in collaboration with his family, we learn how he became a poster boy for the war effort and how he credits his “sixth sense” for keeping him alive during the Second World War. There was, however, one terrifyingly close brush with death, when in 1940 he had a mid-air collision with another Hurricane. With the rear section of his aircraft gone, the plane was out of control and hurtling to the ground, yet somehow he managed to bail out and miraculously survived with only a minor leg injury.

As well as RAF service during the Siege of Malta, Wing Commander Neil, who passed away earlier this month, mere days before his 98th birthday, also served with the Americans during the D-Day landings. During his career, Neil was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for the destruction of at least fourteen enemy aircraft, and was a successful test pilot after the war before commanding a jet fighter-reconnaissance squadron in Egypt’s troubled Canal Zone during the 1950s for which he was awarded the Air Force Cross. With contributions from the man himself, this book also looks at his life after the RAF and his career as a successful author. For military buffs and novices alike, it is a must-read account of a true war hero.

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