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Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing

A Collective Memoir 1941 - 1942
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Jon E C Tan
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During the Second World War, RAF Biggin Hill was one of Fighter Commands premier stations. Throughout the Battle of Britain and beyond, it became a hotbed of talent and expertise, home to many of the Commands most notable and successful squadrons. Both on the ground and in the air, Biggin Hill had a formidable reputation and its prowess was very much built on a partnership between air and ground personnel, including squadron members, specialist engineers, armorers and other ground-crew. This fascinating new book from Jon Tan offers a rich account of the years 1941-1942, an incredibly varied and eventful period in Biggins story.The authors late grandfather, David Raymond Davies, was assigned to a specialist armorers team at Biggin Hill and his grandsons narrative serves as a tribute to a particularly fascinating RAF career. Told from Davies firsthand viewpoint and taking a ground-crew members perspective, no other history has been published that examines day-to-day operations at Biggin Hill in this way.Drawing on many sources, including original interviews with veterans, the narrative foregrounds Davies story, using it as the backbone for Tans broader historical record of the operations of Biggins Spitfire squadrons. It thus establishes a collective memoir, taking in accounts by such notable pilots as Don Kingaby, Jamie Rankin, Brian Kingcome, Walter Johnnie Johnston, Dickie Milne and Raymond Duke-Woolley, all of whom had close associations with Davies in his capacity as a specialist armourer. Reading the manuscript, Squadron Leader Johnnie Johnston told the author I read it often; it sits here on the table next to me. Its the closest to how I remember it.Far from being a dry account of daily operations, this narrative seeks to engage the reader emotionally. Bringing together a considerable amount of evidence and oral history, it tells the story of one twenty-one year old and his comrades, thrown into the howling gale of the Second World War and the intensity of the conflict as experienced by front-line RAF personnel.

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