The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
Between 1939 and 1945, the British public was spellbound by the martial endeavors and dashing style of the young men of the RAF, especially those with silvery fabric wings sewn above the breast pocket of their glamorous slate-blue uniform. Martin Francis provides the first scholarly study of the place of "the flyer" in British culture during the Second World War. Examining...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published January 29th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
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In 2004, I visited England on a study abroad trip. I came back with postcards, a Cambridge University sweatshirt, lots of memories, and a CD from the Imperial War Museum called "Reach for the Sky: Music Evocative of the War in the Air." The CD contained 20 some tracks including popular songs about the fighter pilots in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, marches played by RAF regimental bands, and a few clips of Sir Winston Churchill's famous remarks after the conclusion of the Battle of Briti...more