The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair


Wine, Women and Song: A Spitfire Pilot's Story


Tales from the Control Tower


Blood, Sweat and Valour: 41 Squadron RAF, August 1942-May 1945: A Biographical History


A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1916-1930: The Men Who Made Manston


Flying Blind: The Story of a Second World War Night Fighter Pilot


Hermann Goering in the First World War: The Personal Photograph Albums of Hermann Goering


Unwanted Hero: The Flying Career of Squadron Leader Donald Barnard DFC, 1937-1955


Unshackled Spirit: Prisoners of War and The Secret Spitfire


Glorious in Solitude: The Courage of Isolated Rear Gunners in the RAF during the Second World War


11 - 20 of 30 results

The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair

Product no.: 978-1-78155-491-3
Cover price £18.99
£17.09
You save £1.90
Price reductions

  • Full coverage of each and every Biggin Hill International Air Fair from 1963 to 2010
  • Many previously unpublished photographs that will appeal to the military historian and modeller
  • Includes contributions from Air Fair co-founder Jock Maitland


For almost half a century, Biggin Hill was the scene of one of the world’s best-loved and longest-running air shows. An ex-RAF airfield, it was already well-known as the site from which Spitfires and Hurricanes were launched during the Second World War. Almost two decades after the war, its fame skyrocketed with the introduction of the International Air Fair, staged between 1963 and 2010.

It was an innovative event, always of the highest calibre. Although sometimes afflicted by terrible weather and tragedy, the Biggin Hill International Air Fair was keenly attended by aircraft enthusiasts and families alike. From its outset, the event inspired countless visitors to pursue a career in aviation.

The History of the Biggin Hill International Air Fair will ignite many fond memories. With incredible detail of every show held over its illustrious life, accompanied by a host of nostalgic and previously unpublished high-quality images, this publication tells the story of this legendary air fair and the stars who supplied entertaining and historic performances there.

THE AUTHOR

Paul Fiddian grew up in Bromley, just a few miles from Biggin Hill; this was spark that lit his passion for air displays and all things aviation. He is a well-established aircraft magazine contributor who specialises in aerobatic team histories and general air show nostalgia. Paul is also deeply involved in the media and PR aspects of several major air shows. While this is his first book as an author, other recent projects have included 50 Years of the Red Arrows.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Bidning: paperback
Extent: 224 pages
Illustrations: 20 black-and-white and 61 colour photographs

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: BOOKS, AVIATION, Aviation Memoirs, Military Aviation

Wine, Women and Song: A Spitfire Pilot's Story

Product no.: 978-1-78155-035-9
Cover price £25.00
£22.50
You save £2.50
Price reductions

This frank account of New Zealand Spitfire pilot Doug Brown traces his training and action experienced in the RAF and social activities during the war. From ‘signing up’ as a young 20 year old when World War II broke out in 1939, he ventured to Canada on the Awatea with 200 trainees and then on to England.

The first solo in a Spitfire was almost his last and he crashed on his first operation with 485 Squadron. It was a life of contrasts: the thrill of flying; the loss of fellow airmen; anticipation of combat; the boredom of ‘readiness’; indulgent mess banquets; rough conditions; pranks and comradeship; and the unrelenting toil of war. None would deny the effect the intensive active service would have on the mental and physical state of pilots and all servicemen. Boys quickly became men and survivors would claim they were the best years of their lives.

THE AUTHOR

Hamish Brown was born in Auckland in 1954. He spent 13 years at King’s School and King’s College and graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor in Commerce.

Following a stint as a structural engineer, Brown joined the family business. Hobbies include family stuff, DIY, small boat close-to-shore fishing and the golf driving range. Wine, Women and Song is about Hamish’s father, Doug Brown’s war experiences based on his letters and reminiscences, and stories told over the years. Brown is married to Alison and have two children, Sam and Ellie.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 368
Illustrations: 200 b/w photographs

Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, AVIATION, BIOGRAPHY, MILITARY HISTORY, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War, Personal Memoirs, The Battle of Britain

Tales from the Control Tower

Product no.: 978-1-78155-041-0
Cover price £14.99
£14.99


Tales From The Control Tower is based on the author’s personal experiences of the Royal Air Force. It starts in 1968 with anecdotes about Basic Training at Swinderby where recruits learned drill, marching and given an introduction to service life. From there the Tales move on to Gaydon, a ‘V’ Bomber station where Joe experienced the RAF at its best and its worst, being billeted in a hut with twenty rough necks from the RAF Regiment. At the Air Traffic School at Shawbury Joe was trained in air traffic procedures. During his time there both the piston-engine Provost and the D. H. Vampire were in the final months of service with the RAF. The station was also a storage facility and give details of the many different types of aircraft that were being housed there, awaiting scraping or repair...

Having passed out of Shawbury the story moves on to Manston, where there are various anecdotes about working in the control tower, the foam landings, diversions and one particular incident involving the Red Arrows, that could have lead them to being disbanded.

There are anecdotes about the life style of airmen, the drinking, the women and the strange humour! This period was interesting because it was the ‘Twilight Years’ of the veterans of WWII and of also of piston-engine type aircraft such as the such as the Beverley, Hastings and the DC4.

Joe Bamford has produced an amusing ‘easy read’ about air force life that is very different to the usual ‘Gung Ho’ type story.

THE AUTHOR

Joe Bamford served for six years in Royal Air Force (1968-74) as an assistant air traffic controller. He served at Manston and Akrotiri in Cyprus. Joe has a B.A. Honours in Sociology from Warwick University.

He is the author of The Salford Lancaster, Eyes of The Night and Devotion To A Calling.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: paperback
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 35 b/w photographs

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, AVIATION, BIOGRAPHY, MILITARY HISTORY, Joe Bamford, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War, Personal Memoirs, The Battle of Britain

Blood, Sweat and Valour: 41 Squadron RAF, August 1942-May 1945: A Biographical History

Product no.: 978-1-78155-193-6
Cover price £35.00
£31.50
You save £3.50
Price reductions

41 Squadron RAF is one of the oldest RAF Squadrons in existence, having celebrated its 95th Anniversary in 2011. The unit has seen service from the First World War through policing duties in the Middle East in the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, and more recently in the First Gulf War. Sadly, however, its history has never been written.

Blood, Sweat and Valour is the first comprehensive study of this gallant squadron, concentrating on its Second World War activity between August 1942 and May 1945 with a specific emphasis on the men who earned the enviable reputation the squadron still enjoys today.

Blood, Sweat and Valour recounts the unit’s role within battles, operations, offensives and larger strategies, and details experiences made by the pilots and ground crew participating in them. The squadron’s actions are often revealed for the first time, through records that have hitherto never been available.

Sources include over 350 documents from 41 Squadron’s archives, and thousands of pages of data from over 250 National Archives files and hundreds of references from the London Gazette, major periodicals, books and websites from across the globe in both English and German. Personal sources also include 35 pilots’ logbooks, 40 personal accounts and interviews.

THE AUTHOR

Steve Brew is a 45-year-old Australian with dual Swiss citizenship who is the Historian for 41 Squadron RAF. He has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and speaks in addition to his English mother-tongue fluent High German and Swiss German. He is the author of Greycliffe; Stolen Lives (Navarine, 2003) and numerous magazine articles, chiefly of a genealogical nature.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 1088
Illustrations: 350 b/w photographs

Accessories

Product Note Status Price
Blood, Sweat and Courage: 41 Squadron RAF, 1939-1942 Blood, Sweat and Courage: 41 Squadron RAF, 1939-1942
£31.50 *
Display accessory details

We also recommend


Customers who bought this product also bought


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, World War Two Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War, The Battle of Britain

A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1916-1930: The Men Who Made Manston

Product no.: 978-1-78155-094-6
Cover price £18.99
£17.09
You save £1.90
Price reductions

A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1916-1930: The Men Who Made Manston covers the development of aviation in Thanet up to and including the period of the First World War. Manston had its origins in the Royal Naval Seaplane Station at Westgate that was later expanded for landplane operations. The fact that the landing ground at Westgate was both dangerous and unsuitable lead to the development at Manston. Lieutenant Spenser Grey was the first airman to land in Thanet and he began a popular trend with various aviators being attracted to the area.

In August 1913, The Daily Mail organised the Round Britain Aeroplane Race that both began and ended at Ramsgate giving a great boost to the town. The first unit to be based at Manston was 3 Wing RNAS that moved from Detling in April 1916 and the first CO was appointed in May. During the war, aeroplanes based at Manston and particularly its ‘War Flight’ played an important role in defending the Thames and Medway estuaries. Together with RNAS Eastchurch, Manston’s War Flight of Triplanes, Camels and Pups patrolled the coast and amongst its most famous moments was when on 22 August 1917, a German Gotha bomber was shot down near Vincent's Farm. The authors give a detailed history of the units that were based at Manston during this period, their operations and the commanding officers.

Manston was unique in many ways, but particularly as it was the only airfield to have built an underground hangar for the protection of its aeroplanes. After the First World War, Manston expanded and it took on the role of a training station. This first book in a three-book series will finish approximately at the end of the war period and continue with the growth of the station during the inter-war years.

THE AUTHOR

Joe Bamford served for six years in the RAF (1968-74) as an assistant air traffic controller and served at Manston and Akrotiri in Cyprus. Bamford previously contributed to Fonthill Media with his air force memories Tales from the Control Tower.

John Williams was a former archivist/historian at the Spitfire Museum and is a local historian for Margate Museum and Margate Cemetery Walks.

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, Joe Bamford, World War Two Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War, The Battle of Britain

Flying Blind: The Story of a Second World War Night Fighter Pilot

Product no.: 978-1-78155-345-9
Cover price £20.00
£18.00
You save £2.00
Price reductions

Bryan Wild joined the RAF in 1940, a raw recruit not long out of school. Over the next five years, he flew fourteen different types of aircraft and saw action over Britain, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Germany. His memoirs capture the daily life of an ordinary RAF pilot: the thrill of flying and experiencing a new aircraft for the first time; the frisson of night flying in the early days when planes were not equipped with inboard radar; the tedium of hanging around with nothing to do; the stark contrast felt with the intensity and urgency of action; the camaraderie of young men at war together; and the devastating loss of friends in combat.

Wild started the war with nine lives and ended up with just the one. He had close shaves with death in action, but also freak accidents such as radio breakdown in fog over the Welsh mountains, an undercarriage stick that broke off in his hand, goggles that caught on a Spitfire cockpit hood during flight causing a near-fatal spin at 1,000 feet, and a runway collision with an errant cook wagon. Flying Blind: The Story of a Second World War Night Fighter Pilot portrays the full flavour of wartime RAF life and one pilot’s journey from boyhood to manhood.

THE AUTHORS

Elizabeth Halls, Bryan Wild’s daughter, assisted her father with transcribing his wartime diaries. Since his death, she has collated and assembled his material and undertaken further background research for this book. She lives with her husband in rural Herefordshire.

Joe Bamford is the author of five books concerning military aviation during both World Wars. Bryan was of much assistance when Joe was researching and writing his book Eyes of the Night, and they became good friends. Joe Bamford has previously written Tales from the Control Tower for Fonthill.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 92 b/w photographs


 

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, World War Two Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War, Personal Memoirs, The Battle of Britain

Hermann Goering in the First World War: The Personal Photograph Albums of Hermann Goering

Product no.: 978-1-62545-046-3
Cover price £25.00
£22.50
You save £2.50
Price reductions

When modern readers think of Hermann Goering, what probably comes to mind is the overweight drug addict and convicted war criminal who cheated the hangman's noose at Nuremberg by committing suicide just hours before he was due to die. Or perhaps there is the image of his powerful German air force in the Second World War – the Luftwaffe – bombing defenceless European cities and towns in the early part of the war, until it was defeated by the Royal Air Force in the epic Battle of Britain. Perhaps the reader might think of Goering the debauched art collector who pirated captured collections all over Nazi Europe during the Occupation years.

All of these images are correct, but here we see another Hermann Goering: the slim, dashing fighter pilot and combat ace of an earlier struggle, the Great War of 1914-18, which he began as an infantry officer fighting the French Army in the 1914 Battle of the Frontiers. During a hospitalization, his friend Bruno Lorzer convinced him to become an aerial observer-photographer, photographing the mighty French fortress of Verdun. He did, and began these never-before-seen personal photo albums of men and aircraft at war: up close.
This remarkable book – the first of an intimate series of photographic diaries – is an unique photographic record of the early years of this notorious figure.

THE AUTHOR

Blaine Taylor is the American author of twelve histories on war, politics, automotives, biography, engineering, architecture, medicine, photography, and aviation. The well-read historian is a former Vietnam War soldier and Military Policeman under enemy fire, political and crime newspaper reporter, award-winning medical journalist, international magazine writer, winner of four political campaigns as a press secretary, and a US Congressional aide on Capitol Hill, Washington, 1991-92.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 247 x 172 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 348 b/w photographs

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, Military Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, World War One Aviation, First World War

Unwanted Hero: The Flying Career of Squadron Leader Donald Barnard DFC, 1937-1955

Product no.: 978-1-78155-079-3
Cover price £18.99
£17.09
You save £1.90
Price reductions

Donald Barnard came to England from St Lucia to join the RAF as a bomber pilot. On his second tour of operations, he was shot down over northern France in September 1942. He was rewarded with the Distinguished Flying Cross whilst missing in action. Donald evaded capture; assisted to Spain by an escape network, and later compiled a detailed diary of his entire evasion exploits. Posted to test fly Spitfires, flying in excess of 1,000 individual aircraft. Barnard then moved to the Far East supply dropping in 1945.

In Burma disapproving of the delay in recovering the emaciated allied POWs, he decided to take an aircraft without authority. 25 prisoners were recovered from Bankok to Rangoon. After a full Court Martial, he was dismissed from the RAF. He flew civilian aircraft after the war in Australia and in Britain, joining No.2 Civil Anti Aircraft Co-operation Unit in Norfolk, 1953. Flying ended for him in 1955, and he died in 1997 at the age of 79.

Rarely has the opportunity been available to reproduce from a diary such a personal account of evasion. A bomber and Spitfire pilot, Court Martialled for the rescue of Japanese held emaciated allied prisoners of war, creates a unique career story supported by French resistance sources original photographs.

THE AUTHOR

Colin Pateman served for 32 years in Sussex Police, a qualified Home Office Instructor in all Police Dog roles. In addition, the specific search dog requirements with the armed services saw him trained by the Royal Engineers, and deployed as a search advisor in both his home county and Nationally.

Oliver Clutton-Brock grew up in Lincoln where he developed a keen interest in the RAF. After researching for his first book, Massacre over the Marne (1994), he continued with research for a book on RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War (2003) and RAF Evaders (2009).

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, AVIATION, BIOGRAPHY, MILITARY HISTORY, Colin Pateman, World War Two Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War

Unshackled Spirit: Prisoners of War and The Secret Spitfire

Product no.: 978-1-78155-191-2
Cover price £20.00
£10.00
You save £10.00
Price reductions

Only those who have been prisoners have any concept of the horrors of being a prisoner, or the ineffable joy of release, of the terrible rise and fall of spirit.

In mid-1943, a British pilot imprisoned in Germany commenced cryptic communication back to England. He had just one goal in mind: to establish a secret trust fund that prisoners of war could use in order to purchase their very own spitfire to soar above them in the skies over occupied Europe. The Spitfire was to be named Unshackled Spirit, and this aircraft, along with this man's selfless act, epitomised the courage and strength of the thousands of men experiencing the horror of the Second World War.

Alongside the story of this unique Spitfire, Colin Pateman records the lives of many prisoners of war, detailing their repeated escape attempts, the strain of daily life in the PoW camps, and the hardships endured during their organised moves across Europe. Pateman's study of these experiences is supported by extracts from prisoners’ treasured wartime logs, including poems, artwork, letters home and personal thoughts, and an examination of the vital committees and institutions that strove to support the plight of these men.

At times heartbreaking, inspirational, and uplifting, Unshackled Spirit reveals the hope and bravery of those forced to endure the trauma of the war while never losing sight of freedom.

THE AUTHOR

Colin Pateman grew up in the south of England and spent the majority of his working life as a police officer. His key roles were in handling specialist search dogs and as a police search advisor, having been trained by the Royal Engineers. Pateman is an avid collector of aviation memorabilia, gaining great satisfaction from the gathering and preservation of personal accounts of Second World War pilots and aircrews.

His previous books for Fonthill Media include Unwanted Hero and Goldfish, Caterpillars and Guinea PigsGoldfish, Caterpillars and Guinea Pigs.

FORMAT
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 30 b/w photographs

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, Colin Pateman, World War Two Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War

Glorious in Solitude: The Courage of Isolated Rear Gunners in the RAF during the Second World War

Product no.: 978-1-78155-221-6
Cover price £25.00
£22.50
You save £2.50
Price reductions

As technology and tactics in aerial combat rapidly developed in the Second World War, so the role of rear gunner was hurriedly established on board Whitley, Wellington, Lancaster and Halifax bombers.

Sitting alone in a tiny Perspex-encased turret, without any room for a parachute, the rear gunner occupied the most vulnerable position within the crew of an RAF bomber – an alarming claim considering that Bomber Command suffered the worst rate of casualties among all of Britain’s armed forces.

Using first-hand accounts taken from flying logbooks and recommendations for gallantry, Glorious in Solitude tells of the extraordinary courage of the volunteers who chose to be totally exposed, removed from their crew and charged with providing the ultimate protection from marauding Lufwaffe night fighters. It also examines the equipment, uniforms and medals awarded to rear gunners. With over 120 illustrations, this book is a tribute to the men who, by volunteering for such a precarious role, defended their aircraft and fellow crewmembers with nothing other than their lives.

THE AUTHOR

Colin Pateman grew up in the south of England and spent the majority of his working life as a police officer. His key roles were in handling specialist search dogs and as a police search advisor, having been trained by the Royal Engineers. Colin is an avid collector of aviation memorabilia, gaining great satisfaction from the gathering and preservation of personal accounts of Second World War pilots and aircrews. His previous books for Fonthill Media include Unwanted Hero (2012), Goldfish, Guinea Pigs and Caterpillars (2012) and Unshackled Spirit (2013).

FORMAT
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: hardback
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 134 b/w photographs

We also recommend


Browse these categories as well: Books from Fonthill Media, Colin Pateman, World War Two Aviation, Aviation Memoirs, Second World War, The Battle of Britain
11 - 20 of 30 results