St. Peter’s, Worcestershire, 1st ed., 1995. 296 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. In this unique book surviving RAF fighter pilots tell their stories of World War II in their own words and for the first time. Also given a place in this book is a ferry pilot, a Seafire pilot of the FAA, and the contribution made by the ground-crews. Three former German pilots also balance the overview with their stories which represent an honest account of the Luftwaffe at war. The stories cover the Battles of France, of Britain, the Fighter offensive of 1941-2, the fighting in Sicily and Italy, the build-up to D-Day, and beyond to the V weapons and jet age. No other book could boast such a diverse quantity of first-hand material, from hitherto ‘unknowns’ to fighter aces decorated with the DFC. Most of the photographs are from private collections and thus previously unpublished.