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The Spitfire Smiths

The Spitfire Smiths

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{detailed description}In late 2001 Rod Smith died tragically at his own hand, leaving behind a part-written autobiography and many notes. At the request of his family, his friend, the historian Christopher Shores, has completed the story as nearly as possible to how he believed Rod had wished it to be. Rod and his brother Jerry both became Spitfire pilots during World War 11, leaving their home in Canada only to find themselves - purely by chance - serving together in the defence of Malta during 1942. Jerry had already gained some fame as the first pilot ever to land a Spitfire on an aircraft carrier. Both showed immediate promise as fighter pilots, but by the end of that year Jerry was dead - last seen chasing a German bomber out to sea - while Rod had become an 'ace' and would receive the DFC & Bar. Two years later, serving as a squadron commander in Western Europe, he claimed six Messerchmitts down within a single week, and was involved in the shooting down of the first German jet aircraft to fall to British Commonwealth fighters. He ended the war as one of Canada's highest scoring aces, with more than 13 victories to his credit. Qualifying after the war both as an aeronautical engineer and as a barrister, he brought a keen and analytical intellect to a passionate interest in aviation and aerial combat, writing many letters and articles of great depth and insight which are recorded herein. His untimely death was a great loss not only to his family and friends, but to the wider world of aviation history as well. This book, containing many dramatic and insightful diary entries from each of the brothers, is a testament to them and the service they gave to a nation facing potentially overwhelming forces.
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Sqdn Ldr R.I.A. Smith with Christopher Shores
published by Grub Street 2008 1st edn. 216pp illustrated, index 14x22
{condition}near mint in price clipped d/j
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