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Five of the Few (hardback) - author signed

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Five of the Few (hardback) - author signed

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by Steve Darlow

Hardcover: 256 pages, Publisher: Grub Street; First Edition edition (29 Sept. 2006),ISBN-13: 978-1904943587

Five of the Few tells the intriguing story of five special airmen who earned the right to wear the Battle of Britain clasp with pride. The fascinating accounts of 501 Squadron Hurricane Pilots Ken Lee and Tony Pickering, 151 Squadron Hurricane Pilot John Ellacombe, 603 Squadron Spitfire Pilot Peter Oliver, and 219 Squadron Blenheim and Beaufighter radar operator Terry Clark cover the entire Battle of Britain period and the subsequent night Blitz. Their experiences were varied but their cause was common. The survival of Britain was at stake. They, with the other 'few', had to stop the Luftwaffe's attempt to prepare the way for a German invasion. The odds were against them, the stakes were high. The risks were immense.

Each man would survive those momentous days in 1940, but there were close calls and they would not all come out of the air battle unscathed. Each man would then go on to distinguish themselves in further service with the RAF, fighting in North Africa and the Mediterranean, the night defence of the UK, offensive operations over the continent and support to D-Day and beyond.   
Collectively, Five of the Few is a war story of youth maturing, through aspiration and idealism, courage and bravado, fear and heroism, memory and reflection. It is a reminder of why so much was owed, and still is, by so many to so few.     

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