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Forgotten Few, Naval Fighter Pilots in the Battle of Britain, by Paul Beaver

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Forgotten Few is a homage to the 57 naval pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain. For 20 years, the Admiralty and the Air Ministry did not recognise the valiant efforts of these young men – now historian Paul Beaver has compiled their biographies and explains the award of the coveted Battle of Britain clasp.

Nine of the Forgotten Few died in combat but five became aces. There is no doubt that they contributed to the ultimate victory, even though they were mostly flying their obsolete Sea Gladiator biplanes and obsolescent Fairey Fulmar. Twenty-three more pilots joined famous RAF Fighter Command squadrons and one achieved local notoriety as Douglas Bader’s wingman in fights over London.

In his endeavour, Paul has been supported by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, the London Memorial team, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust (Navy Wings), Matthew Willis and Geoff Simpson.

  • Publisher : ‎ Paul Beaver (1 Jan. 2019)
  • ISBN: ‎9780993554537


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Kim S.
At last!

Recognition of the unacknowledged role of the FAA in the Battle of Britain. The Navy pilots suffered a terrible loss rate (nearly 50%) and, even though qualified for the BoB Medal (having been involved) this was withheld from them for nearly 20 years. But, the memorial near Dover does acknowledge the role of the Fleet Air Arm.

Robert D.
Better late than never

At last we learn of the exploits of the few of the brave young men who flew in The Battle of Britain.The FLEET AIR ARM few who have et last been recognised for the part they played in defeating the Luftwaffe.It has taken far too long for the powers that be to recognise these young men and the branch of the Royal Navy to which they belonged always in the shadow of the R A F. I take nothing away from the bravery and brilliance of the R A F in every aspect, but even Bomber Command was
not recognised as it should have deserved. As an ex serving member of the Fleet air arm I am delighted that this book has belatedly corrected the score of service by our own young men. May they always be proudly remembered.