Franks, Norman & Richey, Paul.


1st ed., 1993. 248 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. 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 this book, completed by Norman Franks using Paul Richey's papers 50 years on, is partly the story of 609 Squadron's offensive during the momentous summer of the Battle of Britain. But it is also the story of Paul's squadron commander, Michael Robinson DSO DFC, who happened to be his brother-in-law, and of Paul's exploits to the end of the war. Sadly, Michael was lost over the English Channel in 1942 but Paul went on to serve under Sholto Douglas at Fighter Command HQ, then command his old 609 Squadron flying Typhoons, before going to India and Burma.

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