The Night Hunter’s Prey

The Lives and Deaths of an RAF Gunner and a Luftwaffe Pilot

Iain Gordon Carmichael

* Studies the short lives and parallel military flying careers of two combatants.

* Interesting comparisons of serving in the RAF and Luftwaffe.

* Captures the thrill and danger of war in the air

* Suspense as the two men reach their fateful meeting.
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 black and white images
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473882508
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This is the story of two airmen – an RAF Rear Gunner and a Luftwaffe Pilot.

Alexander Ollar was raised in the Highlands of Scotland. He became an exceptional sporting shot and volunteered as an RAF Air Gunner in 1939. Helmut Lent enrolled for pilot training in the Luftwaffe as soon as he was old enough. Both were men of integrity and honor.

Alec completed his first tour of 34 operations with 115 Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal by the King. After a year as an instructor, Alec was commissioned and returned to 115 Squadron as Gunnery Leader. He took part in the first 1,000 bomber raid and is described by his Squadron Commander as the best rear gunner he has ever flown with.

At the same time Helmut was building up an impressive score of victories as a night fighter pilot and a national hero who was decorated by the Führer.

In July 1942, just as both men reach the apex of their careers, they meet for the first time in the night skies over Hamburg. As this fascinating book reveals, only one will survive.

About The Author

Iain Gordon founded and ran for 30 years a specialist publishing house producing periodicals for Army garrisons and establishments in conjunction with being Managing Director of an established Scottish weekly newspaper. He regularly writes articles on military history and speaks at academic symposia in the United Kingdom and overseas.

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