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Inhaltsangabe: • Book received critical acclaim in hardback published in 2010: 'An excellent book' SPITFIRE: THE JOURNAL OF THE SPITFIRE SOCIETY.
• 'Dilip Sarkar understands perfectly the mysteries of air tactics and strategy' PETER TOWNSEND, Battle of Britain fighter ace.
• 'Carefully argued & thoroughly convincing... a very fine volume' PROF. PAUL MACKENZIE, author of Bader: A Life.
• 'Well-researched, accessible, and carefully argued book reinforces the Spitfire myth through evidence about what mattered most - its combat prowess' WAR IN HISTORY.
Although there were many more Hawker Hurricanes than Supermarine Spitfires engaged in the epic conflict fought over southern England in summer 1940, the public's imagination was captured by the shapely and charismatic Spitfire. According to legend, however, the Hurricane executed far greater damage on the enemy than all other defenses combined, and was therefore the unsung hero of our 'Finest Hour'. New research, though, confirms that the Spitfire, although less in number, was in fact supreme, and destroyed an equal number of enemy machines to the more numerous Hurricane force.
Featuring interviews with pilots who flew to war in both Spitfires and Hurricanes, and following a detailed analysis of combat reports and casualty records, Dilip Sarkar shatters the myth and argues a persuasive case proving that the Hurricane was markedly inferior to the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain - which could have been won by Spitfires, but not Hurricanes, alone. A controversial thesis likely to provoke lively debate, the evidence presented by this retired police detective and expert aviation historian is nonetheless indisputable.
Über den Autor: Dilip Sarkar has published over thirty books on the Battle of Britain. These include the biography of the RAF's top scoring ace of the Second World War, Johnnie Johnson, and the Battle of Britain memoir of Brian Lane (as editor). A retired policeman, in 2003 Dilip was made an MBE for services to aviation history, and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006. He lives in Worcester.