It was a blood-feud in the skies – a fight that began in the First World War between a British ace in a string-bag of a plane and the commander of a huge German Zeppelin… It had to be settled in World War II by their sons; sleek Spitfire pitted against merciless Messerschmitt 109, their […]
After a “friendly fire” incident cost the lives of his comrades, Private Ron Allan clashed violently with a fellow paratrooper, Corporal Alec Brown, the man he held responsible. Tensions were still high between them when, en route to a drop zone, history repeated itself. Alec’s Horsa glider smashed into Ron’s sending both spiralling downwards. Alec’s […]
Meet Clive Rushden, brilliant Hurricane pilot. Meet Mark Rushden, young Commando officer. They were brothers, but put them in the same room and they’d be at each other’s throats. What a pair to choose for one of the most daring missions ever conceived – and behind enemy lines.
In the summer of 1944, a frightening new weapon was unleashed against the war-weary British – the dreaded V1 flying bomb. Sergeant-Pilot Jamie Collins had a personal score to settle with these robots of death. So when his squadron-leader grounded him after yet another display of reckless flying, it didn’t stop him. Where there were […]
He was only a skinny little guy, about five feet nothing at all…but, by jiminy, any Nazis who ran up against Private Sam Small were out of luck. While his ammo lasted, Sam shot them; then with his empty gun he clubbed them; when it was in splinters, he started in with his bare hands! […]
Towards the end of the Second World War, the Balkan Air Force operated over Greece and Yugoslavia, supplying the Partisans and fighting Axis air power. Made up of men and aircraft of many different nationalities, it was an uneasy alliance at the best of times. Former enemies were expected to put aside their differences and […]