BEAUFIGHTER ACE : THE NIGHT FIGHTER CAREER OF MARSHAL OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SIR THOMAS PIKE, GCB, CBE, DFC*.

Pike, Richard.


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Barnsley, 1st ed., 2004. Viii + 200 pp., frontis., + a map + several photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. During a long career, Thomas Geoffrey Pike rose to become Chief of Air Staff, the RAF’s top post, and then his last post was as Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe. This book is an account of his leadership of No 219 Night-Fighter Squadron based at Tangmere, Sussex in 1941. As CO of the squadron, Wing Commander Pike was decorated twice for his outstanding bravery and influence during a ten-month tour. Written by his son, this book is based on log books, notes, and memories of family conversations. The author poignantly describes the suspense and danger confronted by the night-fighter aircrews as they challenged enemy bombers over southern England and the English Channel.


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