Item description for Life's Too Short To Cry by Tim Vigors...
Gun Button to 'Fire' is a fighter pilot's riveting story of eight, never-to-be-forgotten months that changed history-from May to December 1940.
When the Germans were blitzing their way across France, Pilot Officer Neil had just received his first posting-to 249 Squadron in Yorkshire. Nineteen years old, fresh from training on biplanes and with 'eyes on his cheeks', he was soon to be thrown into the maelstrom of air fighting on which the survival of Britain was to depend.
After a brief spell on Spitfires, 249 was re-equipped with Hurricanes in June 1940, moved south to Boscombe Down in August, thence to North Weald at the beginning of September. Among his early companions were 'Nick' Nicolson, soon to be awarded the only Fighter Command VC of the war, John Grandy, Neil's CO and later Marshal of the RAF, 'Butch' Barton, Pat Wells, George Barclay, and a score of others. The redoubtable Victor Beamish was Station Commander and Neil also encountered many distinguished officers such as Trenchard, Dowding, Park, Leigh-Mallory and 'Sailor' Malan.
By the end of the year Tom Neil had shot down at least a dozen enemy aircraft, seen many of his friends killed, injured or burned, and was himself a wary and accomplished fighter pilot.
This is a thrilling story, redolent of the confusion and exhilaration of those hectic months. The author conveys superbly the varying emotions and problems he faced when confronting a powerful enemy, and the way he curbed his youthful enthusiasm into the disciplined approach necessary for survival. An updated and revised edition of a classic.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904943810 ISBN13 9781904943815