Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain Kristen Alexander

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Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain  by  Kristen Alexander

Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain by Kristen Alexander
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Jack Kennedy (Sydney, 238 Squadron), Stuart Walch (Hobart, 238 Squadron), Dick Glyde (Perth, 87 Squadron), Ken Holland (Sydney. 152 Squadron), Pat Hughes (Cooma and Sydney, 234 Squadron), Bill Millington (Adelaide, 249 Squadron), John CrossmanMoreJack Kennedy (Sydney, 238 Squadron), Stuart Walch (Hobart, 238 Squadron), Dick Glyde (Perth, 87 Squadron), Ken Holland (Sydney. 152 Squadron), Pat Hughes (Cooma and Sydney, 234 Squadron), Bill Millington (Adelaide, 249 Squadron), John Crossman (Newcastle, 46 Squadron) and Des Sheen (Canberra, 72 Squadron): eight Australian Spitfire and Hurricane pilots of the Battle of Britain.

Only one survived.During the summer and autumn of 1940, the Luftwaffe launched their campaign to gain superiority over the RAF, especially Fighter Command. The result was the first major battle of World War II (or any war) fought entirely in the air.

The Luftwaffes defeat by The Few marked a turning point in the Allies favour.The Battle of Britain is one of the most significant battles of the war, and until now, the role of the Australian Few has received little attention. Kristen Alexander gives a personal account of eight Australian participants, drawing heavily on primary source material and original research. She follows these young men from childhood, through their education, training, personal relationships and flying careers, to death in combat (in the case of seven of the eight men), and beyond that to commemoration.



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