Spirit of the Blue: A Fighter Pilot’s Story; Peter Ayerst by Hugh Thomas & Peter Ayerst
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Overview: Few RAF pilots flew operationally from the beginning to the end of the Second World War. Fewer still can claim to have taken part in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, El Alamein, and the D-Day landings as well as bomber escort duties in the closing days of the war. Peter Ayerst is one such man and his tale is, as yet, untold.
Illustrated with photographs, this is the previously unpublished story of an RAF Second World War fighter pilot ace. Peter Ayerst joined the RAF in 1938 on a short service commission and was despatched as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force to France at the beginning of September 1939, gaining his first kills. He became the first RAF pilot to engage a Bf 109 in combat and survived a confrontation with twenty-seven enemy aircraft, his Hurricane riddled with bullets. With the fall of France, Peter was recalled to England where he spent the Battle of Britain summer of 1940 instructing at No. 7 OTU Hawarden, shooting down a Heinkel He 111 bomber.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > War & Military > Aviation