Shortly before the start of the Second World War, the University Air Squadron was formed to give basic training to young men selected as potential pilots, one of many initiatives as the nation prepared itself for war. During the sterile training conditions of pre-war Britain and the advanced training that was accelerated during the hostilities in Poland, Belgium and France, the skills of these young men were honed and refined. But nothing could have prepared them for the realities of war and the deep psychological impact it would have on those fortunate enough to survive. Flying for Freedom reveals the challenges faced by the young pilots whose task was to stop the advance of Nazism in Europe. Following the experiences of a small group of these pilots some of the realities of fighting in the Battle of Britain are exposed for the first time in a new and fascinating way.
|Publication date:||30th May 2010|
|Author:||John G. Bentley|
|Publisher:||The History Press Ltd|
|Categories:||Second World War, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Air forces & warfare, Battles & campaigns,|