The eagerly awaited new edition of Men of the Battle of Britain by Kenneth G Wynn is now on sale.
The book, first published in 1989, carries mini biographies of all the Allied aircrew known to have qualified for the 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain Clasp.
It had been extensively updated by the author before an anonymous benefactor acquired all rights to “Wynn” and presented them to the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in 2010.
Since then a team of researchers has done much further work to improve and extend entries, add new names and deleted others to reflect the most up to date information.
The new edition, extending to well over 600 pages, is published by Frontline Books in association with the Memorial Trust. It is available from the Trust (RRP £60) and early sales on Memorial Day were very encouraging.
Enhanced entries in the new edition include those for Sergeant Michael Keymer of No 65 Squadron, Pilot Officer Herbert Case of Nos 64 and 72 Squadrons and Pilot Officer Gerald Charles Trewalla Carthew, who flew with Nos 253, 85 and 145 Squadrons.
Sub-Lieutenant Jack Conway Carpenter of the Fleet Air Arm, who served with Nos 229 and 46 Squadrons (pictured below), is recognised in the new edition as having held Canadian, rather than British, nationality.
Richard Hunting CBE, Chairman of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, commented: “We are delighted to have been instrumental in bringing out the third edition of Men of the Battle of Britain. Over more than a quarter of a century, ‘Wynn’ has rightly come to be regarded with both respect and affection by many people with a serious interest in the events of 1940.
“Its pages tell of the heroism of the ‘Fighter Boys’ and the tragedies that befell so many of them. It is remarkable that in 2015 we still do not have a complete list of ‘The Few’. In this book, however, we have the benefit of the latest research.”
Martin Mace, Publisher at Frontline Books, said: “This is a book which is constantly referred to by historians, researchers, aviation enthusiasts and journalists. It is also highly readable, inspiring, if sometimes sobering.
“Here are the stories of the aces, but also of the men who died in their first week, or even their first day, in action. All of them played their part in saving Britain from invasion.”