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Spirit of the Blue

Peter Ayerst - A Fighter Pilot's Story

By (author) Hugh Thomas, Peter Ayerst
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 21st Oct 2005
Dimensions: w 130mm h 201mm d 22mm
Weight: 300g
ISBN-10: 0750942533
ISBN-13: 9780750942539
Barcode No: 9780750942539
Synopsis
Peter joined the R.A.F. in 1938 on a short-service commission and was despatched to France when war broke out. After serving with legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader, Peter was posted to North Africa in 1942, where he was forced to crash-land his Hurricane in a minefield. He flew Spitfires on intruder sorties over France before and during D-Day, on bomber escort duty against V-weapons sites and in support of mass daylight raids deep into Germany. Awarded the D.F.C. in December 1944, he also flew as fighter escort to King George VI's Dakota. By the war's end, Peter had flown every mark of Spitfire and Hurricane in the R.A.F.'s inventory.

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