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    • ISBN:9780304359271
    • Publication date:10 Jan 2002

Backroom Boys

Personal Stories of Britain's Air War 1939-45

By Edward Smithies

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Nostalgic and moving stories from the RAF staff who kept Britain's aircraft flying and fighting during the Second World War

When we remember the Second World War in the air, we think of fighter pilots and bomber crews. But what was it like for the men and women working as ground crew and in the aircraft factories who also played a crucial role in defeating Hitler? What was it like making history? What sense did these individuals have of what they were doing, either at the time or later? Did they feel they were caught up in the tide of great events? Or were they simply doing their demanding and often dangerous duty?

Biographical Notes

Edward Smithies spent his earliest years surrounded by the aircraft parts, models of fuselages and wings and blueprints that his father brought home from the aircraft factory were he worked. He lived in London for many years and taught history. He also worked on an oral history of the war at sea.

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  • ISBN: 9781474603393
  • Publication date: 12 Nov 2015
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