Flights into History

Flights into History
Description
In this book, aviation archaeologist Ian McLachlan reconstructs the dramatic last flights of Second World War airmen. He tells stories such as that of the final flight of an intruder Mosquito pursuing a German night fighter; the courageous Lancaster pilot responsible for six lives aboard a burning aircraft; and that of a Spitfire's last flight and its heroic Belgian pilot. McLachlan reconstructs long-forgotten wartime events, using buried wreckage, eyewitness accounts and contemporary documentation, bringing recognition to the individuals involved and shedding new light on the air war over Britain and Europe during the Second World War. For an aviation archaeologist, even the discovery of small fragments can be significant. They provide evidence or prompt new research, and can reveal stories that reveal the hopes, fears, aspirations and pleasures of the aircrew involved. In this book, Ian McLachlan uses his own expertise and draws upon the research of others, to do justice to the aircrew whose stories deserve to be told.

Flights into History
ISBN: 9780752495941