RAF Fighter Command

Defence of the Realm 1936-1945

Ron Mackay, Mike Bailey

This book covers the period between the creation in 1936 of Fighter Command and the end of WWII. It purports to demonstrate how a dangerously outmoded structure was transformed through the impetus of a feral aerial conflict into an operational force that effectively challenged and finally helped bring about the Luftwaffe's comprehensive demise.
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557273
Pages : 528
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Royal Air Force Fighter Command’s brief was to provide an effective aerial barrier to any attempt at domination of British skies. The aircraft and technical resources on hand between 1936 and WWII’s initiation were thankfully improved to a level that was barely sufficient to withstand the hitherto unchallengeable Luftwaffe’s advance across Western Europe. Between 1940 and 1942 the Command generally found itself on the back-foot in terms of overall success. The introduction of aircraft designs that would change the situation, however costly, in its ultimate favour, featured prominently from the mid-point of WWII. The Luftwaffe found itself being challenged and regularly bested ‘round the clock’; by the advent of D-Day the Command’s efforts had materially contributed to the Allied on-surge that had placed its adversary on a permanent downward spiral towards total extinction.

About The Author

Ron Mackay’s involvement with military aviation began during WWII. The local Coastal Command airfield at his birthplace of Wick in Scotland provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs with which to stimulate his interest that was subsequently sustained by National Service in the RAF. A working knowledge of German has expanded his field of study into the Luftwaffe. To date, he has published 27 books covering the aforementioned Allied and Axis Air Forces that include several co-authored examples. Further books are currently under process of completion.


"The authors do a great job of presenting a tremendous amount of information and historical data in an entertaining, informative and easy to read volume."


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