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Shot Down in Flames A WW2 Fighter Pilot's Remarkable Take of Survival by Geoffrey Page

Shot Down in Flames A WW2 Fighter Pilot's Remarkable Take of Survival


Shot Down in Flames A WW2 Fighter Pilot's Remarkable Take of Survival by Geoffrey Page

On 12 August 1940, during the Battle of Britain, in an engagement with Dornier Do 17s, Geoffrey Page was shot down into the English Channel, suffering severe burns. He spent much of the next two years in hospitals, undergoing plastic surgery, but recovered sufficiently to pursue an extremely distinguished war and post-war career. This eloquently written and critically acclaimed autobiography tells of his wartime exploits in the air and on the ground. He was a founder member of The Guinea Pig Club - formed by badly burnt aircrew - and this is a fascinating account of the club, of the courage and bravery of 'The Few', and of Geoffrey's later life and achievements, most particularly in the creation of The Battle of Britain memorial.


Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read about the men who fought the war in the air. The few who became the many. It is funny, poignant, larky but always with the ring of appalling truth.A The Daily Mail

For sheer narrative power, it ranks with the best.A

Daily Telegraph

Gripping reading...a remarkable tale of survival, but told with great candour and without a trace of self pity.A British Aerospace News

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Publication date

19th April 2011


Geoffrey Page

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Grub Street


256 pages


Second World War



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