Flying Blind

The Story of a Second World War Night-Fighter Pilot

Elizabeth Hall, Flight Lieutenant Bryan Wild

Date Published :
November 2014
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
32 black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781553459
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Bryan Wild joined the RAF in 1940, a raw recruit not long out of school. Over the next five years, he flew fourteen different types of aircraft and saw action over Britain, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Germany. His memoirs capture the daily life of an ordinary RAF pilot: the thrill of flying and experiencing a new aircraft for the first time; the frisson of night flying in the early days when planes were not equipped with inboard radar; the tedium of hanging around with nothing to do; the stark contrast felt with the intensity and urgency of action; the camaraderie of young men at war together; and the devastating loss of friends in combat. Wild started the war with nine lives and ended up with just the one. He had close shaves with death in action, but also freak accidents such as radio breakdown in fog over the Welsh mountains, an undercarriage stick that broke off in his hand, goggles that caught on a Spitfire cockpit hood during flight causing a near-fatal spin at 1,000 feet, and a runway collision with an errant cook wagon. Flying Blind: The Story of a Second World War Night-Fighter Pilot portrays the full flavor of wartime RAF life and one pilot’s journey from boyhood to manhood.

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