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A Very British Love Story

Former RAF Tornado Navigator discussing his own experiences of war and his new book

Spitfire HB Jacket coverThe iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II and was an an inspiring sight in the skies over the south coast. But what happened to the formidable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? 

Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots, some forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. A hair-raising, nail-biting and moving history of the Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer. 

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In ‘Tornado Down’, John Nichol and John Peters toldTornedo-196x300 the incredible story of their part in the War against Saddam Hussein’s regime. It is a brave and shocking and totally honest story: a story about war and its effects on the hearts and minds of men. RAF flight lieutenants John Peters and John Nichol were shot down over enemy territory on their first airborne mission of the Gulf War. Their capture in the desert, half a mile from their blazing Tornado bomber, began a nightmare seven-week ordeal of torture and interrogation which brought both men close to death. John is also the author and co-author of many other bestsellers, including ‘The Last Escape’, ‘Tail-End Charlies’, ‘Medic’, ‘Home Run- Escape from Nazi Europe’, ‘Arnhem’, ‘The Red Line’ and ‘Return of the Dambusters’.

7.00p.m. WEDNESDAY 18th JULY 2018


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