Unknown to almost everyone Paul Richey started this sequel to his acclaimed book Fighter Pilot in 1941, but was unable to continue it beyond the initial chapters. Now, aviation author and historian Norman Franks, by gaining exclusive access to Paul’s papers and diaries, has completed the work.
Richey, despite being seriously wounded in the Battle of Britain, returned to fly a tour of operations from RAF Biggin Hill in 1941 as a flight commander in 609 (West Riding) Squadron, RAuxAF, and gain a bar to the DFC he won in France. Fighter Pilot’s Summer is the story not only of 609 Squadron’s offensive war during that momentous summer, but also of Paul’s exploits to the end of the war at Fighter Command HQ and then in India and Burma.
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