Fighting High Publishing

Fighting High Publishing

Fighting High Publishing was founded in May 2009 by military aviation author Steve Darlow. The company prides itself on commissioning and publishing original military history non-fiction titles, investing in the production, presentation, and design, of quality books. Since formation Fighting High has established an excellent reputation within a niche market, receiving excellent reviews and feedback from customers.

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  • Fire-step to Fokker Fodder

    • Unique personal insight into life and death on the Western Front, both in the trenches and in the air
    • Jack Lidsey was involved in aerial combat with two of Germany's greatest aces, Werner Voss and Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron), falling victim to the latter

    Jack Lidsey was one of the first to volunteer during the Great War, enlisting as a private soldier in his local regiment, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, in August 1914. He was sent to the Ypres Salient in March 1915, experiencing trench warfare around Ploegsteert Wood before moving... Learn More

    Starting at: £15.00

  • Bomber Pilot

    Leonard Cheshire was one of the most highly decorated pilots of the Second World War. As the Royal Air Force's youngest Group Captain in 1943, he took a drop in rank and went on to command No. 617 Squadron and pioneer low level marking and precision bombing. For this, together with four years of fighting against the bitterest opposition during which he maintained a record of outstanding personal achievement, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. In 1945 he was an official observer of the dropping of the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Post-war his humanitarian work on behalf of the disabl... Learn More

    Starting at: £15.00

  • Missing Presumed Murdered

    On 12 December 1944, with the war entering its final stages, Bomber Command launched its last Main Force raid on the Krupps Steel works at Essen. The attack was devastatingly successful, and completed for the loss of only a handful of aircraft. Three of the airmen lost in the raid are still listed as ‘missing', believed killed in action.

    Extensive investigative research by aviation historians Sean Feast and Marc Hall has discovered the truth about what happened to these missing men, and how they are linked to the murder of three unidentified RAF airmen, on a bridge, withi... Learn More

    Starting at: £19.95

  • Nine Wingcos and the Lancaster

    Bomber Command flight engineer Peter Baxter completed thirty-four operations during the Second World War, and following his first tour with No. 12 Squadron he became the Engineer Leader for the new formed No. 153 Squadron. During his 400 hours in the air, half of which were at night, he flew with a succession of pilots including nine Wing Commanders.

    After passing the entrance examination in November 1937, Peter entered the Royal Air Force Technical Apprentices School at Halton, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and over the next few years Peter learnt his trade at RAF stations... Learn More

    Starting at: £19.95

  • Sticky Murphy Lover of Life

    Those who knew Wing Commander Alan Michael ‘Sticky' Murphy remember a man who was an inspiration both on and off duty. Indeed, it motivated James H. Coley, who served as a navigator in No. 23 Squadron, to write a book dedicated to his commanding officer's memory and honour.

    In 1941 Sticky joined the ‘cloak and dagger' 1419 (Special Duties) Flight, pioneering short take off and landings dropping agents into occupied Europe. It was extremely hazardous and daring work. On one flight his Lysander was ambushed by Germans, with Sticky having to fly home seriously... Learn More

    Starting at: £19.95

  • Gepruft

    • A unique archive of correspondence from a prisoner-of-war in the Second World War

    Shot down in his Avro Manchester on the Thousand Bomber raid of 30/31 May 1942 Bomber Command observer and navigator John Valentine saw out the rest of the Second World War as a prisoner in Germany. During that period, he wrote extensively to his wife Ursula, telling her of his survival, the circumstances in which he was shot from the sky, his capture, and the daily rigours of life as a prisoner of war. Extraordinarily, and despite being extremely ill, when John was finally liberated he brought back... Learn More

    Starting at: £25.00

  • Our Story, Your History. The International Bomber Command Centre

    The aim of those who created the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) was clear - to provide a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. In 2018 that aim was achieved.
    ‘Our Story, Your History - The International Bomber Command Centre' details the story behind the IBCC, the people who came up with the initial idea and the extraordinary dedication and creativity that made the project a reality. The IBCC's Mark Dodds tells the remarkable story of how the concept arose, the various design and constructio... Learn More

    Starting at: £25.00

  • George Butterworth

    • The story of one of the most brilliant and promising composers of the early twentieth century and an outstanding First World War officer

    George Sainton Kaye Butterworth was one of the most brilliant, enigmatic and promising young composers of the early twentieth century. Intensely fond of his country, he composed hauntingly beautiful English choral and orchestral music while struggling to make a living as a reviewer, teacher and demonstrator of Morris dances. He was a direct and diffident man who was fiercely loyal to his few close friends. Under his slightly forbidding exteri... Learn More

    Starting at: £19.95

  • Last of the Kriegies

    • Five of the last remaining Second World War ex-POWs, all in the nineties, tell their remarkable stories
    • Foreword by Gulf War ex-POW Squadron Leader Bomb Ankerson RAF (Ret'd)
    • This book is a must for all those interested in the Allied prisoner-of-war experience during the Second World War
    • The majority of pictures are previously unpublished

    ‘For you the war is over'. ‘Last of the Kriegies' tells the extraordinary stories of five of the last remaining Second World War RAF Bomber Command Prisoners-of-War: pilot Reg Barker, bomb aimer Charles... Learn More

    Starting at: £19.95

  • Stirling to Essen

    • Through diligent and comprehensive research the author has pieced together the previously incomplete story of the renowned Godmanchester Stirling
    • This book is a must for all those interested in the history of RAF Bomber Command
    • The majority of pictures are previously unpublished

    On 11 April 1942, a stricken Short Stirling Royal Air Force bomber crashes into fields to the east of Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire, England. Hours earlier the commitment and skill of the crew had been tested to the limit confronting the formidable searchlight and flak defences of the... Learn More

    Starting at: £19.95

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