Spitfire People

Spitfire People

This book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people - some famous, others not - ranging from politicians to pilots.

Author: Paul Beaver

Publisher: Evro Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1910505056

Category: History

Page: 256

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This book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people - some famous, others not - ranging from politicians to pilots. Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people, some famous, others not. Without the courage and tenacity of some leading political and military figures and the hard work of lesser-known mortals, there would have been no Spitfire, no Battle of Britain and no ultimate victory in 1945. Many people in positions of power played their part in the ultimate success of the Spitfire, but a few staked their reputations on a radical design that brought together the best in British design, technology and ingenuity. This book tells many significant individual stories. - Political people: Sir Winston Churchill (voice in the wilderness and wartime leader), Air Marshal Sir Wilfred Freeman (senior champion of the Spitfire in the Air Ministry), Lord Beaverbrook (Minister for Aircraft Production). - Design and development people: Reginald Mitchell (chief designer 1934â??36), Joe Smith (chief designer 1936â??47), Jeffrey Quill (test pilot), Ernest Hives (Rolls-Royce experimental head and key player in the design of the Merlin engine), Sir Stanley Hooker (mathematician and Merlin engine developer), the ladies of Vickers Supermarine at Trowbridge (factory workers). - Operational people: James ‘Johnny' Johnson (highest-scoring Spitfire ace), Henry Cozens (first squadron commander), Geoffrey Wellum (youngest Battle of Britain pilot), Douglas Bader (Spitfire wing leader and inspirational disabled pilot). - Experimental people: Tony Martindale (RAE Farnborough test pilot), Eric ‘Winkle' Brown (chief naval test pilot and the first man to land a Seafire on an aircraft carrier). - Heritage people: Ray Hanna (Old Flying Machine company), Carolyn Grace (the only female owner/pilot in the world), Phill O'Dell (chief test pilot at Rolls-Royce and Spitfire display pilot). - Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Categories: History

Spitfire

Spitfire

Barnato Walker, Diana, Spreading my Wings (Grub Street, 2003) Beaver, Paul,
Spitfire People (Evro, 2015) Beaver, Paul, Spitfire Evolution (Beaver Westminster,
2016) Bird, Brian, That Was my Life (Personal Memoir) Bogart, Charles H., ...

Author: John Nichol

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471159220

Category: History

Page: 352

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THE SUNDAY TIMES NON FICTION BESTSELLER WHSmith NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 'The best book you will ever read about Britain's greatest warplane.' Patrick Bishop, bestselling author of Fighter Boys. ‘A rich and heartfelt tribute to this most iconic British machine. By focusing on the men (and women) who flew the Spitfire, John Nichol has brought a fresh and powerful perspective to the story.’ Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 606 'A thrilling and often moving tribute to some of its greatest heroes.' Jon Dennis, Mail on Sunday magazine. 'A stirring portrait of a piece of aviation art in motion flown by the bravest of the brave. Nichol's Spitfire is still a sky-borne prima ballerina that kicks like Bruce Lee.' The Royal Air Force Times. 'A superb and compelling book. Brilliantly written with some incredible and astonishing stories; it is gripping, moving, emotional and sometimes humorous – just perfect' Squadron Leader (Ret) Clive Rowley, former Officer Commanding RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight 'A superb journey through the remarkable tale of that British icon, the Spitfire ... Truly stunning.' Andy Saunders, Editor, Britain at War Magazine. Achtung, Spitfire! The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany’s domination of Europe had looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn’t planned for was the agility and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would quickly pass into legend – the Spitfire. Bestselling author John Nichol’s passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved them, carries the reader beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit. Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Nichol takes the reader on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer. John Nichol's new book, Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend, is available for preorder now.
Categories: History

SpitFire The Makings of a Revolutionary

SpitFire  The Makings of a Revolutionary

Freedom fighter implies just that: someone or some people who deem they are
not free and thus seek it. Was it not Comrade Assata who said, “People try to act
like they don't know?” I would go on record as saying I'm fond of the brother Al ...

Author: Ashanti. A. A. Ali

Publisher: Califa Media Publishing

ISBN: 9781952828980

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

View: 481

Compiled over the span of years, this text recounts the experiences of one participant in the struggle for Black Liberation in America. While students of history may be familiar with the broad strokes of that era, this memoir serves as a lens to see the movement in detail through the eyes of a youth comprising the body of that movement.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Plays for young people with songs and choruses

Plays for young people  with songs and choruses

My gift is skill in music and in painting . ( Enter suddenly Spitfire . Queen starts
and screams . ) QUEEN . Ugh ! there ' s that horrid Spitfire ! King , I ' m fainting . (
She falls into a chair . ) LADY ( giving the Queen smelling - salts ) Madam , be
firm .

Author: James Barmby

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:600074464

Category: Children's plays

Page: 208

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Categories: Children's plays

Harper s Young People

Harper s Young People

Ilere it is ! creatures , but they are kind . I would be much more afraid of a MOTIER
MADGE . Oh , Grandmother Goose , what a huge foot ! spiteful dwarf . SPITFIRE .
I could hide in the toe . Jack . I suppose he wants to have his shoc half - soled .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UTEXAS:059172131059920

Category: Children's literature

Page:

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Categories: Children's literature

But for These Things Leicester and its People in WWII

But for These Things     Leicester and its People in WWII

As part of this policy the need to move Spitfire production away from the vast (and
potentially vulnerable) Vickers Armstrong factory at Castle Bromwich saw the
premises of Alfred Davies Ltd in Weymouth Street (cardboard box manufacturers)
 ...

Author: Vincent Holyoak

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781783064021

Category: History

Page: 320

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There have been several books on Leicester during the Second World War, but I felt that some significant omissions remained. First and foremost I wanted to give a voice to the people who lived through those times, but whose personal stories are rarely heard in the official records. I also wanted to touch upon some of the themes not generally covered or glossed over in other histories, notable amongst which were the crime wave which swept the city during the war and the race disturbances that occurred during 1943-44. Balanced against these are other untold stories, such as the gallantry and sacrifices of the men, women and children of the city, the requisitioned factories and offices which from 1939 onwards became home to the Army’s largest ever pay office, and the contribution made by the city's industry to the war effort. Finally, I also wanted to take a little time to explore what happened after the celebrations had ended and the bunting had been put away. Although some of the stories may make uncomfortable reading, I have tried to be as balanced in my reporting as possible.
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Spitfire Wingman from Tennessee

Spitfire Wingman from Tennessee

People came and went, and where they went nobody seemed to know, or care,
really. The turnover in our airplanes was much the same. I am looking through my
log book and can count twenty-six different types that we had. There were ...

Author: James Haun

Publisher: Col. James R. Haun

ISBN: 9780979000249

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 109

E-Book Edition of SPITFIRE WINGMAN FROM TENNESSEE, which is the autobiography of a self-taught aviator who flew virtually every military aircraft (except jets) during the years 1939 to 1960. Col. Jim Haun, 1911-2001, with unusual honesty and wit, allows a "back door glimpse" into the USAF at the highest levels of command, including the Presidential Air Fleet in Washington, D.C. He flew fighters in WWII, transports in India, the Berlin Airlift, Japan and the Far East - eventually becoming Chief Pilot of the Military Air Transport Service. After retirement he built a stunt biplance in his garage and wowed audiences with "death-defying" performances. Col. Haun concurrently taught hundreds to fly, many later becoming airline captains and one, even became an instructor in the supersonic Blackbird.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force

The United Kingdom Defence Programme: The Way Forward, Cm 8288, 1981.
Chapter 9 . National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security
Review 2015, Cm 9161. . Paul Beaver, Spitfire People (London: Evro Publishing,
2015).

Author: John Buckley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192518958

Category: History

Page: 288

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In 1918, the Royal Air Force became the first major independent air force in the world. Formed to serve a strategic need in the most intensive war that Britain had then fought, the RAF continued in the inter-war era to play a key role in the political and diplomatic world, and in defending the Empire. During the Second World War, the RAF was pivotal in defending Britain from invasion in the Battle of Britain, and then in leading the assault on the Axis powers, most notably through the contentious bomber offensive against Germany. In the post-war world, the RAF adapted and developed into a force to meet the needs of the United Kingdom during the Cold War, the retreat from Empire, and most recently in the move to coalition warfare against low intensity threats, all against a backdrop of diminishing resources and shifting priorities. This is the story of the RAF over the first century of its existence: how it has confronted the many challenges and threats it has faced — from the Luftwaffe in 1940, through the spectre of nuclear holocaust in the Cold War, to the fight against terrorism in the 21st century — and how it has contributed to the defence of the United Kingdom throughout that period.
Categories: History

Mistress Spitfire

Mistress Spitfire

And tenth : Soldier of the Parliamentary army as I was , and faithful to the cause of
the people , and to the special trust that their leaders had reposed in me , I would
see Parliament , people , Cromwell , Fairfax , 90 MISTRESS SPITFIRE.

Author: Joseph Smith Fletcher

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000001155518

Category: Great Britain

Page: 294

View: 897

Categories: Great Britain

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Two years ago we promised the Commander of the British man - of - war “ Spitfire
" not to attack or make war with Little Popo ; he promised us that the people of
Little Popo should not be allowed to attack us while the “ Spitfire ” was here at ...

Author: Lewis Hertslet

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951002247564E

Category: Great Britain

Page:

View: 640

A collection of treaties and conventions, between Great Britain and foreign powers, and of the laws, decrees, orders in council, &c., concerning the same, so far as they relate to commerce and navigation, slavery, extradition, nationality, copyright, postal matters, &c., and to the privileges and interests of the subjects of the high contracting parties.
Categories: Great Britain

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Two years ago we promised the Commander of the British man - of - war “ Spitfire
" not to attack or make war with Little Popo ; he promised us that the people of
Little Popo should not be allowed to attack us while the “ Spitfire ” was here at ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B588016

Category: Great Britain

Page:

View: 211

Categories: Great Britain

Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons

Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons

Two years ago we promised the commander of the British man - of - war “ Spitfire
" not to attack or make war with Little Popo ; he promised us that the people of
Little Popo should not be allowed to attack us while the " Spitfire ' was here at ...

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:555100660

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Spitfire Dive Bombers versus the V2

Spitfire Dive Bombers versus the V2

For the Dutch people, under grinding occupation, there was the boost to morale
in seeing the Spitfires flying over them day after day. It is striking that those who
suffered often say how much they were heartened by the bravery of the pilots ...

Author: Bill Simpson

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473818484

Category: History

Page: 258

View: 755

On 8 September 1944 the first of over 1,000 V2 missiles aimed at southern England exploded in west London. It had been launched from a wooded street corner in Den Haag in the Netherlands. Fighter Command was responsible for defending Britain from air attack and thus Air Marshal Roderic Hill countered the threat by using six squadrons of Spitfires from 12 Group bases in Norfolk to discover and then dive-bomb the mobile V2 launch sites scattered throughout the Dutch towns and countryside. This was no easy task as the missiles were well camouflaged and often positioned adjacent to dwellings occupied by civilians. The RAF was under orders to cause minimum damage to Dutch property and life, therefore precision bombing became a necessity. This is a full account of the campaign including discussions of the strategy and tactics employed and the equipment used and it also considers the effect upon Dutch civilians. It draws upon the experiences of sixteen Allied pilots, ground crew and the Dutch who were at the receiving-end of the attacks.
Categories: History

Dallas and the Spitfire

Dallas and the Spitfire

All that to say, it's every coffee shop in every suburban strip mall in every city in
America. It's where I'll meet Dallas Jahncke for the first time. Our church—a
smallish[2] Reformed church in East Lansing, Michigan—is big on people
meeting with ...

Author: Ted Kluck

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441270146

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 587

A Suburban Dad and an Ex Con Show What Discipleship Looks Like Ted is an educated thirty-something father of two who's been going to church his whole life. Dallas is a twenty-one-year-old former cocaine addict with a prison record who has recently become a Christian. When they agree to meet regularly for "discipleship," they know that chatting once a week in a coffee shop just won't cut it. Instead, they decide to get to know each other while restoring an old Triumph Spitfire. Filled with surprises and humor, Dallas and the Spitfire tells a gripping story of two lives changed, and along the way gives readers a new model for men's ministry.
Categories: Religion

Gentlemen in Blue

Gentlemen in Blue

But fortunately they had the company of day fighter squadrons so they could rely
on refuelling, but little else for the night-fighter crews had nothing in common with
the Spitfire people. Radar coverage was good over the sea but suffered over ...

Author: Hans Onderwater

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473814578

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 229

This is the history of 600 City of London Squadron from when they formed in 1925 to their disbandment in 1957.
Categories: History

The Decisive Duel

The Decisive Duel

Spitfire vs 109 David Isby ... The legends and myths are often what end up being
valued, a past people can invest with their emotions and significance for their
own lives. It is no easy matter to distinguish legends and myths from facts; all
alike ...

Author: David Isby

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748123612

Category: History

Page: 352

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London, 15 September 1940. The air battle over Britain on that day saw two of the most advanced fighter planes, the British Supermarine Spitfire and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109, battle for supremacy of the skies. The Decisive Duel tells the stories of these iconic, classic aircraft and the people that created them: Willy Messerschmitt, the German designer with a love for gliders and admiration for Hitler; R.J. Mitchell, his brilliant British counterpart, who struggled against illness to complete the design of the Spitfire. In fascinating detail, David Isby describes the crucial role the two opposed planes played, from the drawing boards to Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain to the final battles over Germany.
Categories: History

Penny readings for the Irish people conducted by the editors of the Nation

Penny readings for the Irish people  conducted by the editors of the  Nation

It is a pitiful pyrotechny ; and the black thunder - bearing Scourge seems , in this
silent immensity , but a small black spiteful spitfire doing its paltry worst to trouble
the still empire of great ambrosial Night . But the smoke soon melts away , driven
 ...

Author: Irish people

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:590527019

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Malloch s Spitfire

Malloch s Spitfire

Because Zimbabwe has been through a very turbulent time and many people
perceive it as a failed state. Today Zimbabwe is a far cry from the vibrant country
that existed in the early 1980's, the resilient Rhodesia in which Jack established
his ...

Author: Nick Meikle

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612002538

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 715

The story of one of history’s greatest fighter aircraft from WWII to its remarkable restoration in 1980 Rhodesia: “an aviation classic-in-waiting” (Airscape). In 1977, the Rhodesian Air Force retrieved a World War II–era Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 22. But while the RAF was embroiled in the Bush War, the dream of restoring the aircraft was frustrated by international sanctions. That’s when legendary pilot John “Jack” McVicar Malloch took control of the project. Not only had Jack flown Spitfires during World War II, he was also uniquely positioned to circumvent sanctions through his airfreight company, Air Trans Africa. With ingenuity, passion, and a team of trusted engineers, Jack realized the dream of putting Spitfire PK350 back in the air on March 29, 1980. In Malloch’s Spitfire, author Nick Meikle tells the full story of this remarkable restoration and reveals some fascinating insights about the aircraft. The reader is taken on a journey through the Spitfire’s life, beginning with her first test flight in 1945. The project’s lead engineer and many of the surviving pilots who flew her also share their memories. For two years, PK350 delighted those fortunate enough to see her fly. Then, on what was planned to be her last flight, Malloch’s Spitfire never returned to base.
Categories: History

The Spitfire

The Spitfire

Why do people feel more hurt , Bill , if a fool says a sharp thing , than if it came
from a clever fellow ? ” “ Can ' t say , shipmate . " “ A musquito , ” said Snarling , “
stings sharper than a big bluebottle can bite . Are you ready , lads ? " “ All ready .

Author: Frederick Chamier

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:590216289

Category:

Page: 364

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Spitfire Girls

Spitfire Girls

What could people like Edith Allam possibly have in common with such good
stock? How could Roosevelt allow people with questionable blood lines to hold
powerful positions in post-Depression recovery programs? Thankfully it was an ...

Author: Carol Gould

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781407070940

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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Top-class pilots were crucial to the survival of Great Britain during the dark days of the Blitz, and playing a vital role in fending off the German attack were the women's section of the Air Transport Auxiliary, a close and dedicated circle of female pilots. In the midst of events that would shape history, these women risked their lives to ferry aircraft day and night from factory to the arena of war, and lasting friendships were born. Together, Edith Allam and her fellow pilots faced Nazi terror, class prejudice, and the forbidden romances of wartime - yet their remarkable strength carried them through. Spitfire Girls evokes all of the drama of this extraordinary period of history, and is a tribute to the heroism of these brave women, without whom the Battle of Britain might never have been won. Truly inspirational, it is the tale of adventure, courage and the relationships that shape all of our lives.
Categories: Fiction