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October 16 , 2010

British Flying Legends

Guy Gibson Legend of the Dam Busters; John Moffat Legend of the Bismarck; RJ Mitchell Legend of the Spitfire



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This is a collection of poems about life's limits, annoyances, laughs, and pleasures. Richard Edwards is retired and lives in central Illinois.

Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters 
John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck 
RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire 

This edition of 'British Flying Legends' by Richard Edwards is published by rabbit & snail and combines three chapters, each focusing on an aviation hero, their aircraft and their outstanding contribution to Allied efforts during the Second World War. 

'Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dam Busters' tells the dramatic story of a renowned British flying legend and his leadership of the infamous raid on the Ruhr dams in May 1943, providing a fitting and timely tribute to a truly courageous aviator. 

This introduction to the Dambusters raid gives the reader an immediate and straightforward insight into the life and personality of Guy Gibson, aimed at people who are looking for an uncomplicated account of a significant part of British wartime history. 

'John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck' tells the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot and flying legend who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Nazi Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck. 

In addition to the Bismarck, this book also looks at the dramatic sinking of HMS Hood and the loss of over 1,400 of her crew during the short Battle of the Denmark Strait, the story of HMS Ark Royal and the aircraft that helped deliver the decisive torpedo attacks, including the out-dated Fairey Swordfish biplane. 

'RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire' recounts the extraordinary achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation legends, the man responsible for creating Britain’s most iconic fighter aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire. 

Reginald Joseph Mitchell worked his way up from the workshop to become Supermarine’s technical director. During his tragically short career he designed twenty-four aircraft, including those that won the prestigious Schneider Trophy air-race an astonishing five times, eventually winning the trophy in perpetuity for Great Britain. 

The three chapters equate to three short stories, running to around 80 published pages 

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