Blood, Sweat and Courage:

41 Squadron RAF, September 1939-July 1942: A Biographical History

Steve Brew

Date Published :
February 2015
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
377 black and white illustrations, 29 color photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781552964
Pages : 992
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


One of the oldest RAF squadrons, 41 Squadron celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. The unit has seen service from the First World War, through policing duties in the Middle East in the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, and more recently in the first Gulf War. Blood, Sweat and Courage completes the narrative of 41 Squadron's Second World War activity, concentrating on operations between September 1939 and July 1942. Author Steve Brew recounts the unit's role within battles, operations and larger strategies, and details experiences made by the pilots and ground crew participating in them. The squadron's actions are often revealed for the first time through records that have previously not been available. Brew evokes the feeling of the period, portraying not only a factual account, but also one that captures the color of life on a Second World War fighter squadron with a balance between material of a documentary nature and narrative action, intertwining fact with personal recollections, serious events with humor, and sobering statistics with poignant afterthought.

About The Author

Steve Brew is the Historian for 41 Squadron RAF. He has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and speaks fluent High German and Swiss German in addition to his English mother-tongue. He has previously authored two books on 41 Squadron and several articles on military aviation.

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