Entering service at the end of the Battle of Britain, the pugnacious Bristol Beaufighter was deployed in numbers by Fighter Command just in time for the start of the Luftwaffe's night 'Blitz' on Britain. Flown by specialised nightfighter squadrons several of them elite pre-war Auxiliary Air Force units it was the first nightfighter to be equipped with an airborne radar as standard. Thus equipped, it combined the ability to 'see' the enemy at night with the devastating hitting power of four cannon and six machine guns. This book covers the exploits of the men who made ace in the Beaufighter and includes stunning original artwork together with first hand accounts of the action.
About the Author
Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF.
"Andrew Thomas does the plane and its crews justice on all fronts, backed by the usual wealth of photographs and 30 color profiles that reflect the many varied environments under which it fought." -Jon Guttman, Military History