Five of the Few. Survivors of The Battle of Britain and the Blitz Tell Their Story, Steve Darlow. Published by Grub Street, London England, 2009. 8vo up to 9½” tall. With black and white photos and illustrations and index. Blue boards, gilt spine titles. Unclipped jacket and volume in unread condition.
“The fascinating accounts of 501 Squadrom Hurricane pilots Ken Lee and Tony Pickering, 151 Squadron Hurrican Pilot John Ellacombe, 603 Squadron Spitfire pilot Peter Oliver, and 219 Squadron Blenheim and Beaufighter rader operator Terry Clark ocver 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. They have extraordinary stories to tell. Promotions, decorations and command responsibilities would come their way. But not all would make it through safely to the end of the war: two of them would end up behind barbed wire. Collectively this book 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”. 002238 $20