Lone Wolf

The Remarkable Story of Britain's Greatest Nightfighter Ace of the Blitz - Flt Lt Richard Playne Stevens DSO, DFC & BAR

Andy Saunders, Terry Thompson

Andy Saunders tells the exceptional story of one of Britain's finest night-flying pilots of the Second World War thanks to over twenty years of painstaking research by Terry Thompson. This extraordinary biography will be eagerly devoured by WWII military aviation enthusiasts and students of air warfare.
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
illustrated throughout
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911621348
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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During the Second World War, Flt Lt Richard Stevens led an extraordinary campaign as an RAF nightfighter. Known to contemporaries as ‘Cat’s Eyes’ and by the height of his success in July 1941 as the ‘Lone Wolf’, Flt Lt Stevens was the RAF’s highest scoring nightfighter pilot with fourteen victories. What makes his story unique is that all this was achieved without the aid of radar or another crew member. Instead Flt Lt Stevens used extraordinary skill, instinct and innate marksmanship.

Described as ‘one of the greatest nightfighter pilots who ever fought in Fighter Command’ by Sir Archibald Sinclair, Secretary of State for Air and with AVM B. E. Embry also crediting ‘his high standard of courage and skill as a nightfighter pilot’ as a contribution to the final defeat of the enemy at night – it is not hard to see why Stevens was greatly admired by his peers. Thanks to over twenty years of painstaking research by Terry Thompson and a rich resource of documentation and photography, Andy Saunders is now able to tell the exceptional story of one of Britain’s finest nightflying pilots of the Second World War. This extraordinary biography will be eagerly devoured by WWII military aviation enthusiasts and students of air warfare.

About The Author

Andy Saunders has been involved with historic aviation for over thirty-five years and is well known in the aircraft preservation and restoration field. His specialist area of interest is in the air war over Europe, 1939-1945. One of the co-founders of Tangmere Aviation Museum, and its first curator, Andy is also respected as a serious researcher, author, and editor and is a prolific contributor to the aviation press. He is passionate about flying and history, regularly travelling in search of historic aircraft and artefacts. He also acts as adviser or consultant to film and television companies and was past editor of Britain at War.


"This is a typically solid book from Andy Saunders. He has put together an entertaining and informative read about a man who deserves to be in the spotlight a lot more."

- War History Online

"Not only is the book’s storytelling excellent, but its hardcover construction is top quality. Its heavy paper has a permanency pleasant to touch, and its layout is pleasing to the eye. Plentiful and exceptionally sharp photographs portray people and scenes from long ago."

- Air Power History

"...an extraordinary biography of a true hero whose name deserves to be better known."

- RAF News

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