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The big show / Pierre Clostermann.

By: Clostermann, Pierre, 1921-2006.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004Edition: Updated edition.Description: xvi, 345 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0297846191(hbk).Subject(s): Clostermann, Pierre, 1921-2006 | Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- Biography | France combattante. Forces aériennes françaises libres -- Biography | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Squadron, No. 341 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French | Fighter pilots -- France -- Biography | Fighter pilots -- Great Britain -- BiographyDDC classification: Review: "Pierre Clostermann DSO/DFC was one of the RAF's top scoring aces during World War II. Exiled from France at the beginning of the war, he joined the Air Force at the age of 19. He was to spend the next five years flying missions over France and Germany: attacking V1 flying bomb sites at tree-top height, saving damaged American bombers from predatory German fighters, engaging in dogfights and watching helplessly as his less fortunate friends fell to their deaths in the skies over the Channel. By his early twenties he was already France's premier fighter ace, with 33 confirmed kills to his name." "Drawn from his wartime diary, The Big Show is the story of how Pierre Clostermann made it through the war. Now restored to its original form, it contains all the ingredients of the truly great war memoir: wonderfully observed descriptions of wartime Britain, frighteningly evocative stories of savage dogfights over occupied France, an array of characters, and all the drama and bravery of a young man fighting a desperate war thousands of feet above the ground."--BOOK JACKET.
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When The Big Show was first published, paper rationing meant that the text had to be heavily cut. Now, for the first time, this international bestseller has been returned to its complete, and breathtaking, original state. Pierre Clostermann was a Free French fighter ace who flew with the RAF during the Second World War. Over the course of five years he engaged in hundreds of dog-fights, shot down scores of Luftwaffe planes, escorted American bombers on some of the most dangerous raids of the war, and watched many of his friends falling to their deaths in the skies over the Channel. The Big Show, his incredible account of the air war over Britain and France, has become one of the most famous memoirs of the Second World War. Now in its original state, it contains everything one could wish for in a war memoir: wonderfully observed descriptions of wartime Britain, frighteningly evocative stories of in-the-cockpit action, an amazing cast of characters, and all the drama and bravery of a man fighting a desperate war thousands of feet above the ground. An undeniable classic.

"The greatest pilot's story of World War II" -- on cover.

"Pierre Clostermann DSO/DFC was one of the RAF's top scoring aces during World War II. Exiled from France at the beginning of the war, he joined the Air Force at the age of 19. He was to spend the next five years flying missions over France and Germany: attacking V1 flying bomb sites at tree-top height, saving damaged American bombers from predatory German fighters, engaging in dogfights and watching helplessly as his less fortunate friends fell to their deaths in the skies over the Channel. By his early twenties he was already France's premier fighter ace, with 33 confirmed kills to his name." "Drawn from his wartime diary, The Big Show is the story of how Pierre Clostermann made it through the war. Now restored to its original form, it contains all the ingredients of the truly great war memoir: wonderfully observed descriptions of wartime Britain, frighteningly evocative stories of savage dogfights over occupied France, an array of characters, and all the drama and bravery of a young man fighting a desperate war thousands of feet above the ground."--BOOK JACKET.

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