Night Hawk

Flight Lieutenant Karl Kuttelwascher DFC and Bar, the RAF’s Greatest Night Intruder Ace

Roger Darlington

Written by his son-in-law, with unique access to personal records, this is the exciting biography of Karel Kuttelwascher, a Czech who became the scourge of Luftwaffe bombers in 1942, when his destruction of fifteen aircraft while flying with the famed No. 1 Squadron made him the RAF's top night intruder ace.
Date Published :
July 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781555910
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Karel Kuttelwascher may have had a German surname, but he was a Czech who became the scourge of the Luftwaffe bombers operating from France and the Low Countries in 1942. Flying with the RAF’s legendary No. 1 Squadron, his destruction of fifteen aircraft in only three months earned him the DFC twice in a mere forty-two days, and made him the RAF’s top night intruder ace. After his daring escape from German-occupied Czechoslovakia, he flew in the ferocious Battle of France and participated in the final weeks of the Battle of Britain as one of Churchill’s ‘Few’. During the early circus operations, he clocked up his first three kills before playing a part in the famous Channel Dash. However, it was in the lauded but lonely night intruder role that his individualistic skills came to the fore. Flying a long-range Hawker Hurricane IIC armed with 20-mm cannon, the man the wartime media dubbed the ‘Czech Night Hawk’ unleashed a reign of terror that included shooting down three Heinkel bombers in just four minutes.

About The Author

Roger Darlington has had a lifelong interest in aviation as a result of his father being an RAF pilot towards the end of the Second World War. Most of his professional life has been involved in research and writing in the worlds of politics, trade unions and consumer advocacy. Therefore, when he married a daughter of the RAF’s greatest night intruder ace, he was uniquely placed to turn the treasure trove of personal records into an exciting biography.

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