A comprehensive and meticulously researched landmark work charting the construction, operational history and post-war use of the airfields of the RAF and USAAF in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Supported by a wealth of 690 photographs and airfield plans providing a unique illustration into the life of each wartime airfield.
From humble beginnings as `barefoot boy' from a small town in South Africa, Barnard learned to mix with presidents and prime ministers, with royalty and popes, and embraced the high-life of the jet-set. After becoming the first surgeon to successfully transplant a human heart he remained in the public eye through his gifts for speaking and writing.
In 1941, the RAF's Kenley Wing, under the leadership of 'ace' pilots like the Irishman 'Paddy' Finucane, won fame as one of the top-scoring outfits in the war. Flying the iconic Spitfire, the wing's three fighter squadrons-the Australian No.452, the New Zealand No.485 and the British No.602, flew escort missions almost daily against the Luftwaffe.