Spitfire People

This book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people - some famous, others not - ranging from politicians to pilots.

Spitfire People

Author: Paul Beaver

Publisher: Evro Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781910505052

Page: 256

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This book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people - some famous, others not - ranging from politicians to pilots. Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people, some famous, others not. Without the courage and tenacity of some leading political and military figures and the hard work of lesser-known mortals, there would have been no Spitfire, no Battle of Britain and no ultimate victory in 1945. Many people in positions of power played their part in the ultimate success of the Spitfire, but a few staked their reputations on a radical design that brought together the best in British design, technology and ingenuity. This book tells many significant individual stories. - Political people: Sir Winston Churchill (voice in the wilderness and wartime leader), Air Marshal Sir Wilfred Freeman (senior champion of the Spitfire in the Air Ministry), Lord Beaverbrook (Minister for Aircraft Production). - Design and development people: Reginald Mitchell (chief designer 1934â??36), Joe Smith (chief designer 1936â??47), Jeffrey Quill (test pilot), Ernest Hives (Rolls-Royce experimental head and key player in the design of the Merlin engine), Sir Stanley Hooker (mathematician and Merlin engine developer), the ladies of Vickers Supermarine at Trowbridge (factory workers). - Operational people: James ‘Johnny' Johnson (highest-scoring Spitfire ace), Henry Cozens (first squadron commander), Geoffrey Wellum (youngest Battle of Britain pilot), Douglas Bader (Spitfire wing leader and inspirational disabled pilot). - Experimental people: Tony Martindale (RAE Farnborough test pilot), Eric ‘Winkle' Brown (chief naval test pilot and the first man to land a Seafire on an aircraft carrier). - Heritage people: Ray Hanna (Old Flying Machine company), Carolyn Grace (the only female owner/pilot in the world), Phill O'Dell (chief test pilot at Rolls-Royce and Spitfire display pilot). - Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Persuading the People

The one exception is The First of the Few ( 1942 ) , which was a biopic of the
designer of the Spitfire , R.J. Mitchell ( played by Lesley Howard ) . It begins in
September 1940 at the height of the battle . Wing - Commander Geoffrey Crisp (
David ...

Persuading the People

Author: David Welch

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 224

View: 154

During World War II, the UK government created the Central Office of Information to act as the country s marketing and communications agency. In these desperate times, the Office produced steady streams of propaganda for the home front, for the colonies and for dissemination through occupied countries. In addition to patriotic material encouraging Britons to maintain a stiff upper lip, thousands of postcards, leaflets, posters, booklets and other promotional materials were dropped from aircraft over occupied countries in World War II. In 2000, the master set of copies was deposited with the British Library, making an enormous collection of great social and historical significance available to the public for the first time."

Battle of Britain

We envied the Spitfire people for their higher rate of climb and their better altitude
performance , ' recalled Pilot Officer Kenneth Lee , who flew Hurricanes with No
501 Squadron from Gravesend . ' On the other hand the Hurricane was easier to
 ...

Battle of Britain

Author: Alfred Price

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 223

View: 905

En detaljeret, velskrevet gennemgang af luftkampene den 18. august 1940, hvor tabene på 24 timer blev 100 tyske og 136 engelske fly.

Spitfire

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Spitfire People (Evro, 2015) Beaver, Paul, Spitfire Evolution (Beaver Westminster,
2016) Bird, Brian, That Was my Life (Personal Memoir) Bogart, Charles H., ...

Spitfire

Author: John Nichol

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471159221

Page: 352

View: 983

THE SUNDAY TIMES NON FICTION BESTSELLER WHSmith NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 'The best book you will ever read about Britain's greatest warplane.' Patrick Bishop, bestselling author of Fighter Boys. ‘A rich and heartfelt tribute to this most iconic British machine. By focusing on the men (and women) who flew the Spitfire, John Nichol has brought a fresh and powerful perspective to the story.’ Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 606 'A thrilling and often moving tribute to some of its greatest heroes.' Jon Dennis, Mail on Sunday magazine. 'A stirring portrait of a piece of aviation art in motion flown by the bravest of the brave. Nichol's Spitfire is still a sky-borne prima ballerina that kicks like Bruce Lee.' The Royal Air Force Times. 'A superb and compelling book. Brilliantly written with some incredible and astonishing stories; it is gripping, moving, emotional and sometimes humorous – just perfect' Squadron Leader (Ret) Clive Rowley, former Officer Commanding RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight 'A superb journey through the remarkable tale of that British icon, the Spitfire ... Truly stunning.' Andy Saunders, Editor, Britain at War Magazine. Achtung, Spitfire! The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany’s domination of Europe had looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn’t planned for was the agility and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would quickly pass into legend – the Spitfire. Bestselling author John Nichol’s passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved them, carries the reader beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit. Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Nichol takes the reader on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer. John Nichol's new book, Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend, is available for preorder now.

Spitfire Girl

since a great people is truly such if it considers sacred its own duties and does
not evade the supreme trials that determine the course of history. We take up
arms to resolve – after having resolved the problem of our land frontier – the
problem ...

Spitfire Girl

Author: Diana Mackintosh and Douglas Thompson

Publisher: Boldwood Books Ltd

ISBN: 1913721019

Page:

View: 383

Diana Mackintosh came of age to the drone of sirens alerting the people of Malta to the arrival of relentless flights of belligerent German and Italian menace – the bombers she first imagined as a swarm of black flies, pests that stung and cursed her Mediterranean homeland. The three-year onslaught never took a day off; it was endless, but supplies were not. The hope of a shipment of high protein became an ongoing dream. The only time Diana wasn’t hungry was when she slept. Her story of that time, and in 2020 she is one of the very few remaining who experienced it first-hand, makes it clear why Malta was collectively awarded the George Cross, the highest British civilian honour for heroism. Of course, as she argues, no one was trying to be heroic, but somehow they helped reverse the fortunes of the Second World War in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Now at the age of 101, Diana is also celebrated for her children’s achievements — she helped her eldest son, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, and worked as his unpaid secretary — and for a life in the wings of British cinema, Hollywood and theatreland. Spitfire Girl recounts Diana’s extraordinary life, more than a century in the making.

SpitFire The Makings of a Revolutionary

Freedom fighter implies just that: someone or some people who deem they are
not free and thus seek it. Was it not Comrade Assata who said, “People try to act
like they don't know?” I would go on record as saying I'm fond of the brother Al ...

SpitFire  The Makings of a Revolutionary

Author: Ashanti. A. A. Ali

Publisher: Califa Media Publishing

ISBN: 1952828988

Page: 156

View: 645

Compiled over the span of years, this text recounts the experiences of one participant in the struggle for Black Liberation in America. While students of history may be familiar with the broad strokes of that era, this memoir serves as a lens to see the movement in detail through the eyes of a youth comprising the body of that movement.

Secrets of the Spitfire

herein presented (in alphabetical order); any omissions are entirely accidental
and apologies offered for any errors in what is intended as an attempt to more
fully credit the Spitfire's people. Supermarine Technical, Drawing Office, and ...

Secrets of the Spitfire

Author: Lance Cole

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1781599963

Page: 272

View: 871

This book tells the tale of the brilliant aerodynamicist Beverley Shenstone MASc, HonFRAes, FAIAA,AFIAS, FCASI, HonOSTIV. As R.J. Mitchells chief aerodynamicist, it was Shenstone who designed the Spitfires wing the wing that gave the Spitfire it crucial advantage in the Battle of Britain and beyond. A quiet man, Shenstone never sought glory for his work, yet in recent years he has been credited as the man who persuaded Mitchell to adopt the ellipse a modified ellipse that was unique in its shape and its combined use of two integrated aerofoil sections. Shenstones knife-edge shape reached far back into early aeronautics for its inspiration. This book also names the other forgotten Spitfire design contributors who were Mitchells men Mr Faddy, Mr Fear, Mr Fenner, Mr Shirvall, a Prof Howland and others.Intriguingly, Shenstone had left his native Canada and early training as an RCAF pilot, to study at Junkers and then under the father of the delta wing Alexander Lippisch in Germany in the early 1930s. There, he became immersed in delta wings and flying wings. He also became a glider pilot. The story of how Beverley came to be in the right place at the right time is revealed for the first time. So too are the enigmatic tales of his involvement with the military, the intelligence world, Lord Beaverbrook , the USAF, and Canadian aviation.During the war Shenstone worked at the top secret Wright Patterson air force base and was involved with the Air Ministry and the pro-British movement in America when Shenstone worked for Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman, the unsung hero behind British defence procurement. Shenstone achieved high office a President of the Royal Aeronautical Society, technical director at BOAC, chief engineer at BEA and a consultant to several aircraft makers. He was courted by Avro, de Havilland and Vickers, and was the force behind the renaissance of human-powered flight.Using exclusive access to his family documents, his unpublished autobiography and many notes and stories, as well as forensic research, this book details for the first time, a new twist to the Spitfires story and the secrets of its advanced science. A tale of design and military intelligence reveals a story of a man whose name should be more widely known in the UK, Canada and the aviation world.

The Spitfire Kids

Based on the hit BBC World Service podcast Spitfire: The People's Story, we use contemporary diaries and memoirs, many of them previously unpublished, to tell the story of the Spitfire through the voices of the teenagers who risked ...

The Spitfire Kids

Author: ALASDAIR. BBC WORLDWIDE. CROSS

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781472281968

Page: 320

View: 570

'An inspirational read celebrating the incredible young people who gave so much for this iconic British aircraft'. John Nichol, bestselling author of Spitfire: A Very British Love Story Despite the many films and television programmes over the decades since the end of the Second World War that portrays our allied heroes as grown-up men and women, the Battle of Britain was in the main actually fought and won by teenagers. The average age of an RAF fighter pilot was just twenty years old. Many of the men and women who designed and built their planes were even younger. Based on the hit BBC Radio podcast Spitfire: The People's Story, we use contemporary diaries and memoirs, many of them previously unpublished, to tell the story of the Spitfire through the voices of the teenagers who risked everything to design, build and fly her. This isn't a story of stiff-upper lips, stoical moustaches and aerial heroics; it's a story of love and loss, a story of young people tested to the very limits of their endurance. Young people who won a battle that turned a war.

The Darlington Spitfire

( Author ) IN THE HOUR OF PÉRIL PEOPLE OF DARLINGTON EARNED THE
GRATITUDE OF THE BRITISH NATIONS ... ROYAL AIR FORCE AND
FORTIFYING THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM BY THE GIFT OF SPITFIRE AIRCRAFT
They shall ...

The Darlington Spitfire

Author: Peter Caygill

Publisher: Airlife Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 174

View: 280

Beretter om jageroperationer under 2. verdenskrig i tilknytning til et bestemt RAF Spitfire-fly med navnet "The Darlington Spitfire."

Spitfire Stories

By then, Joy was engaged to George (Jiri Hartman), a Czech Spitfire pilot with
310 Squadron. Flying had more or less taken over her ... 'People often say, does
it seem real now, flying Spitfires while war and chaos was all around you?' said
Joy.

Spitfire Stories

Author: Jacky Hyams

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782438173

Page: 256

View: 381

Spitfire Stories, published in association with Imperial War Museums, is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of the Second World War. The Spitfire is the world's most iconic aeroplane. Coming into its own during the Battle of Britain, it became famous during the Second World War as the only plane that could match the enemy fighters in the sky. Yet, even today, the history of the Spitfire contains many hitherto hidden or little-known stories of the men and women behind the plane; not only the gifted creators and inventors who brought the Spitfire to life, or the brave fighter pilots from many countries who triumphed in battle, but also the thousands of other people whose lives were affected by their personal connection to it - engineers, ground crew, factory or office workers, and their families. Spitfire Stories recounts the memories and stories of these people, from the birth of the iconic Spitfire in the 1930s to the present day. Among these accounts is the extraordinary tale of the fighter pilot who only discovered, fifty years on, the tragic truth of his last Spitfire flight, the businessman whose blank cheque changed the course of the war, the ninety-five-year-old Royal Air Force engineer who was determined to be reunited with his beloved Spit before he died, and the little girl who inspired the plane's creation - and went on to marry a movie star. Using documents, letters and photographs from the Imperial War Museums' unparalleled archive, plus exclusive first-hand interviews, these stories of the Spitfire are a revelatory collection of small but significant histories, to be treasured by all who love and admire the iconic plane.

The Spitfire Kids

Based on the hit BBC World Service podcast Spitfire: The People's Story, we use contemporary diaries and memoirs, many of them previously unpublished, to tell the story of the Spitfire through the voices of the teenagers who risked ...

The Spitfire Kids

Author: Alasdair Cross

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472281977

Page: 368

View: 966

'An inspirational read celebrating the incredible young people who gave so much for this iconic British aircraft'. John Nichol, bestselling author of Spitfire: A Very British Love Story Despite the many films and television programmes over the decades since the end of the Second World War that portrays our allied heroes as grown-up men and women, the Battle of Britain was in the main actually fought and won by teenagers. The average age of an RAF fighter pilot was just twenty years old. Many of the men and women who designed and built their planes were even younger. Based on the hit BBC World Service podcast Spitfire: The People's Story, we use contemporary diaries and memoirs, many of them previously unpublished, to tell the story of the Spitfire through the voices of the teenagers who risked everything to design, build and fly her. This isn't a story of stiff-upper lips, stoical moustaches and aerial heroics; it's a story of love and loss, a story of young people tested to the very limits of their endurance. Young people who won a battle that turned a war.

The Motor

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Spitfires Mk . I , II , III , choice of several . ... 542-5255 STANMORE GARAGE
offers from a range of over 70 sports cars :1969 TRIUMPH Spitfire . one owner
only ...

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London Calling

These events were observed with reasonable phlegm by people who were
sceptical of balloons at the beginning of the ... by courtesy ver 5,000 m.p.h. of The
Aeroplane ' : Sopwith Camel , by courtesy of Flighi 21 SNOM The ' Spitfire ' was ...

London Calling

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The Autocar

AUTOWAYS, the Triumph people, present Vitesses, 1965-71 saloons and
convertibles, choice of 01-560 4226. (C1010 1 ... (8969 Triumph Spitfire Cars
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Spitfires.

The Autocar

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A People s War

sometimes while they were picnicking on a beautiful afternoon – straining to 18
All through the late see a Spitfire , a Hurricane or a Messerschmitt at their deadly
acrobatics , summer people strained listening for the distant sputtering sound of ...

A People s War

Author: Peter Lewis

Publisher: London : Thames Methuen

ISBN:

Page: 250

View: 571

Common People

I borrowed four hundred pounds from Dad and went out and bought a second -
hand Triumph Spitfire . I got my hair cut . Bought some new clothes . I felt like I did
all when I used to ride up and down past Paula Harris's house but this was a ...

Common People

Author: Martin Knight

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company

ISBN:

Page: 254

View: 340

WASTED YOUTH is a biographical 'slice of life' fiction spanning fifteen years in the times of John Hay and his growing up in and around a southern English council estate in the late 1960s to early 1980s. As John Hay charts the choppy waters from boyhood to manhood he encounters bullying, child abuse, poverty, racism, violence, sex, drugs, bereavement and even murder. But the spirit, humour and inventiveness of the community he vividly describes provides a human and hopeful pulse. But as he approaches forty years of age, Hay recalls these formative times and the characters, good and bad, that he grew up with. He reflects on the various paths their lives have taken and mourns for a time when he never felt more alive. This process spurs him into doing something not even he can understand.

The Canadians

We ' d just take it in our lap like this , " Marion said in a 1991 television interview ,
showing an old copy of a Spitfire Blue ... When I talk easily about taking off and
landing a Spitfire and then people will say to me , well how long does it take to ...

The Canadians

Author: Patrick Watson

Publisher: McArthur & Company Pub Limited

ISBN:

Page: 776

View: 776

Canadian heroes, and the odd villian, continue to come to life in this volume featuring all of the biographies from volumes 1,2, and 3.