Marion Boyers, 1st Eng., ed., 1990. Xi + 147 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. On the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain comes this compelling study of some of the bravest fighting and most accomplished writing of the Second World War. The peculiarities of aerial combat and the isolation of the plane’s cockpit provided opportunities for amazing narratives that became the myths and icons of the war. The literary records of these battles in the sky hold a clue to understanding the way the imagination confronts and responds to the fight for survival and the immediate alternatives of the foe’s death or one’s own. The author examines the best of hundreds of memoirs written by German and British pilots.