Book sales will support Trust aims

When Battle of Britain enthusiast Jonny Cracknell met Archie McInnes, one of the Few, at an event at Duxford, it sparked a friendship that grew over time.

Despite not being, at that stage, a published author, Jonny persuaded Archie, who flew Hurricanes with Nos 601 and 238 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain, to let him write his biography.

“He was a modest man whose successes came later in the war and he said he felt he was included in the Few under false pretences,” said Jonny. “That wasn’t true, of course, and like all of those who served, he had a great tale to tell.”

Archie went on to serve with 238 in the Middle East and lost an arm after being shot down in October 1941 but stayed in the RAF until he was released in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Jonny was invited to Archie’s home and interviewed him for the book, Against Adversity, which he began in February of this year and completed in June, just weeks before Archie died the evening after he celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends.

On Battle of Britain Day, the author visited the Memorial and donated a number of the books, some of them signed by Archie himself, to the Trust for sale in the shop.

“We really appreciate the generosity of Jonny’s gesture,” said Trustee Andy Simpson. “The site receives no public funding and relies on shop and café sales and donations to keep it going. Selling this great new work will make a welcome contribution to our funds.”

Jules, Jonny, Andy

Jonny Cracknell (centre) with site manager Jules Gomez and Trustee Andy Simpson


4 thoughts on “Book sales will support Trust aims

    Thank you Jonny Cracknell for your interest in the Battle of Britain, for writing this book and for your generosity in donating copies to the Trust. They will be much sought after I am sure.

    Many thanks Deborah, it’s been a huge passion all of my life and am in total awe of the ‘Few’, some of whom I have been privileged to meet or to get to know as friends. It’s been incredible to be able to share Archie’s amazing story and to get him some deserved, long overdue recognition – sadly so late in his life. I hope the books contribute in a small way to the incredible memorial and continue to share Archie’s story. I’ve said to the Trust that if they sell I will happily order some more to donate.

    Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately we are out of stock of the books with Archie’s signature. We only have the paperback version which is signed by the author.

    Kind regards

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