THE FEW. The Story of the Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots.
The Battle of Britain started on 10 July 1940, ending 16 weeks later on 31 October 1940. The Luftwaffes intention was to destroy Fighter Command, domination of the skies being crucial to Hitlers invasion plan. During that fateful summer, young RAF fighter pilots, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, were scrambled time and time again to face insuperable odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten.
Dilip Sarkar has been fascinated by the Battle of Britain since childhood and began seriously researching the subject in the 1970s. He wrote thousands of letters and travelled extensively over the UK interviewing the fabled Few. Over the last 30 years he has interviewed more Battle of Britain survivors than any other author and his archive is a unique collection of veterans voices. In this new book Dilip Sarkar chronicles the Battle of Britain from start to finish, drawing extensively from his interviews with pilots.