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.
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.