The Blue Arena
Imprint: Goodall Publications Ltd
224 Pages, 5.04 x 7.8 in, Approx. 15 black and white photographs
- January 2024
Returning to the UK in 1944 as a flight commander in 80 Squadron, he became their Commanding Officer in July of that year. Latterly he was attached to the 6th Airborne Division for Army Co-operation flying by glider into Germany and then reaching the Elbe by 11th Armoured Division tank. Such a diverse range of flying and combat operations by one person makes this an almost unique record of a WWII combat career.
This is a reissue of Bob Spurdle's gripping autobiography. He is a natural writer who vividly expresses the exhilarations and fears of the fighter pilot in action throughout WWII: what it feels like to be jumped by a gaggle of Me109s, coping with the continual pressures of losing friends and of constantly flying in action as part of an elite force on whom the survival of Britain and her allies depended.