The Final Few : The Last Surviving Pilots of the Battle of Britain Tell Their Stories Hardback
by Dilip Sarkar
During the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone, defying the Luftwaffe's aerial assault - the prelude to a proposed seaborne invasion.
Fighter Command faced this challenge against overwhelming odds with immeasurable courage and tenacity, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, immortalising these young Spitfire and Hurricane pilots as `The Few'.
Some 2,927 aircrew comprised the `Few', 544 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful summer, now known as the Battle of Britain.
A further 791 would perish before the war's end. Today, precious few indeed remain alive worldwide, the Battle of Britain Fighter Association now numbering twenty-seven.
Veteran aviation historian Dilip Sarkar, however, has spent a lifetime recording the stories of casualties and the memories of survivors. In this important book commemorating the Battle of Britain's seventy-fifth anniversary, he brings us more original work and new interviews with `The Final Few'.
This is likely to be the last such work produced, as sadly but inevitably Churchill's `Few' fade from living memory.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, 50 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/09/2015
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781445642369