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Fighter Pilot

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Originally published anonymously in 1941, this was the first and finest story of a World War Two fighter pilot. The author's personal journal takes us into the action of the air battles preceding the fall of France, recounting both the unnerving lull right before the violence--and the fatigue of the Blitzkrieg, with its non-stop combat.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cassell (first published 1941)
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Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reread this book after 20 years and it is now better than when I was a youngster. Richey really takes you into the thick of the action with his great writing style and goes into great detail about the lives of the 1 Squadron fighter pilots during the Phoney War before being thrown into the hectic Blitzkrieg days in the Battle of France. Written during the war and fresh in his memory. this was one of the first and still one of the greatest memoirs of a young fighter pilots just living as though e ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent memoir of an RAF fighter pilot in the Battle of France
Roger Rees
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book

Great modern military book well written.
It is a book that you can read and reread
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nathan Trachta
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
WWII aviation is a love of mine. I was really looking forward to this one see the reviews. Having said that I was a little disappointed. I’ll open by saying this one is really more than a three star book, but not worthy of four (for me). Distractions in the story, writing style, flow, something didn’t mesh with me. In the writers defense they were writing shortly after the events and it is well written, my problem because I kept coming back and comparing this one to Piece of Cake (yes, I know it ...more
A Allenby
Don't buy it if you can borrow it.

I bought this book at the same time as Geoffrey Wellum's "First Light", which I read first. I found First Light to be an absorbing read, honest, full of warmth and so well-written that I was practically in the cockpit with the pilot, or listening to his thoughts. I fell in love a little with Geoffrey Wellum and I shall certainly read his book again.

I can't say the same for Paul Richey and "Fighter Pilot". I got the sense of a cold, smug man, a devout Roman Cat
Brad Mclean
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very important ww2 book
Craig Daniels
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Little introspection. Filled with the usual fighter pilot cliches.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent account of the early war years in the air
Steven Lowry
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An incredible book with interesting stories about the battle for France, and the changes to tactics, strategies and improvements that were made to the Hurricane and Spitfire, which were invaluable to the winning of the Battle of Britain. A personal account of the Author Paul Richey and his experiences in No. 1 Squadron.
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RICHEY, Paul Henry Mills, from Chelsea, London was born in Chelsea London on May 7, 1916.

Richey joined the RAF in 1937 and was posted to 1 Squadron, flying Furies. After completion of his training, Richey was posted, in March 1939, to No.1 Squadron based at Tangmere, flying Hawker Hurricane fighters.

On Sept 8th, shortly after war was declared Richey's squadron were ordered to Vassincourt in Franc

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