A Soldier in the Cockpit

From Rifles to Typhoons in World War II

Ron W. Pottinger

In October 1939, barely a month after World War II erupted in Europe, Ron Pottinger was conscripted into the British Army as a rifleman in the Royal Fusiliers. A year later, amidst pilot shortages due to losses during the Battle of Britain, he transferred to the Royal Air Force, where he began flying the 7.5-ton Hawker Typhoon fighter.
Publication date:
May 2007
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Series :
Stackpole Military History Series
Illustration :
60
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9780811733687

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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£10.95

Overview
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In October 1939, barely a month after World War II erupted in Europe, Ron Pottinger was conscripted into the British Army as a rifleman in the Royal Fusiliers. A year later, amidst pilot shortages due to losses during the Battle of Britain, he transferred to the Royal Air Force, where he began flying the 7.5-ton Hawker Typhoon fighter. He flew dozens of dangerous ground-attack missions over occupied Europe through bad weather, heavy flak, and enemy fighters before being shot down in early 1945 and ending the war in a German prisoner of war camp.