1st ed., 1980. 205 pp, 55 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Spine of d.j, faded & with tiny chips o/w V.G. Fighter Command was created in 1936 as the premier air defence of Britain and remained as such until it was merged into the present RAF Strike Command in 1968. In the early part of the Second World War, under Lord Dowding, especially during the Battle of Britain, it fulfilled its primary function in superb manner, by nullifying all attempts to reduce the nation to a state in which it might have been easily invaded and occupied. Then Fighter Command played a major role in the offensive air war, striking back in ever-increasing strength until Hitler was defeated. This book traces the background, development, successes, failures, and ' not least ' obstacles overcome by Fighter Command throughout its relatively brief existence as a separate force. Special emphasis is laid upon the fighter pilots themselves and included are personal individual accounts.