Battle of Britain Combat Archive Volume One

Red Kite are delighted to announce the launch of a major new landmark series of books on the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain Combat Archive Series will form the most comprehensive account ever of The Few’s gallant efforts. Focusing solely on RAF Fighter Command’s clashes with the Luftwaffe, the series covers every combat that took place on every day of the Battle of Britain. Using contemporary accounts such as combat reports, rarely seen squadron intelligence summaries and the newly released casualty reports, the author and his team of experts have broken down each day into its individual combats and assembled the claims, losses and first-hand accounts into a highly accessible format. These combats are illustrated with specially designed maps showing the amount of aircraft involved, the area that the engagement took place and the location of where the casualties came to earth. Each combat and casualty report is illustrated with a photo of the pilot wherever possible.

Volume One is now available for Pre-Order with a publication date of 15th September.  Click on the cover for more details.

303 Squadron – Complete Illustrated History Volume Three NOW OUT


The final volume of our 303 Squadron trilogy is now in stock and available to order at the special introductory price of just £20 + postage. Volume Three covers the period from the autumn of 1943 until the war’s end and the squadron’s ultimate disbandment in 1946, and includes wartime colour photos and a full index for all three volumes.
Just click on the cover for full details. 


303 Squadron – Complete Illustrated History Volume Three

We are delighted to announce that the third and final volume of Wojtek Matusiak’s magnificent work on 303 Squadron is now at the printers and has a publication date of 14th July.  We apologise for the delay with this final volume, we have been creating a comprehensive index and adding updates right up until it went to press, so hopefully you’ll find it worth the wait.   We’ll have it on the website ready for pre-order in a couple of days.

LCA7 and BofB Sketchbook now in stock

We are delighted to announce that Luftwaffe Crash Archive 7 and Dennis Knight’s Battle of Britain sketchbook were delivered to our UK storage facility today.  This means that the first pre-orders should go out from Wednesday onwards so if you’ve placed an advance order for either title, expect to receive them within the next week or so.

Both books look great so we hope you’ll enjoy them!   We’ll keep the special pre-order prices for the remainder of this month and don’t forget you can order both titles for just £40 using our combination deal, click on the photo for more details.


NEW! Dennis Knight’s Battle of Britain Sketchbook



We are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Dennis Knight’s Battle of Britain Sketchbook.  Dennis is well known in Battle of Britain circles as one of the original historians who first showed an interest in recording and researching the events of 1940.  Dennis travelled the south coast in the 1960s, interviewing eye-witnesses and drawing sketch maps of various incidents thus recording first-hand accounts that have long since faded away with the passage of time.  Now for the first time, Red Kite have gathered all his sketch maps and notes together to form a wonderfully evocative book, full of first hand accounts and rare insights into what have become some well known incidents from the Battle.  Illustrated throughout with over 100 original photos from Dennis’s own photo archive, this large format book is a must-have for any Battle of Britain enthusiast.

Pre-orders now being taken for a 26th May release.  For more details and sample pages, click HERE.

Also look out for our special deal to purchase Luftwaffe Crash Archive 7 and this book together to save £10 on RRP.  Click here for details   COMBINATION DEAL


Luftwaffe Crash Archive 7

Just an update to say that LCA7 should be on the website ready for pre-order on Tuesday 26th April.  We are just finishing the final proof reading now and the files will be with the printers on Tuesday morning.  We have a general rule that we don’t like to post a book on the site for pre-order until it is in production, that way we can be confident of the publication date which in this case should be around 26th May.  Also being published at the same time is a new title, ‘Dennis Knight’s Battle of Britain sketchbook’, a large format book full of original photos, eye witness accounts and of course, Dennis’s wonderful sketch maps of incidents from the Battle of Britain.  More details to follow.

LCA7 and 303 Sqn Volume Three

As we’re starting to get a lot of enquiries about forthcoming books,  we thought we post a rough update on progress.

Luftwaffe Crash Archive Volume 7.   This has just started the design process so is expected to be published towards the end of May.

303 Squadron – Complete Photographic History Volume 3.  This is next in line after LCA7 for design so could be early June.

We will do our best to get both of these out as soon as possible and will post further updates here in a few weeks’ time.  Sorry for the delay!


303 Squadron – Volume Two now in stock!

Sorry it has been a bit quiet here recently, we’re working on several new projects behind the scenes which we hope to announce shortly. In the meantime, Volume Two of our superb ‘303 Squadron- The Complete Illustrated History’ has just arrived in our warehouse and is now ready to order. For those who have pre-ordered the set of three, your Volume Two will automaticaly be sent out in the next few days.
This volume covers summer 1941 – autumn 1943 and is packed with hundreds of great photos, particularly of the squadron’s Spitfire Vbs. As with all of our books, we’ve designed it so that the photographs are reproduced as large and as clearly as possible. This again means that it’s quite a hefty volume, running to 192 pages, hence the RRP of £25. However, we’re setting a temporary introductory offer of just £20 for this volume so that you can judge the quality for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!


Christmas Deliveries

As we’re getting closer to the big holiday, here’s confirmation from our distributors of their Christmas ‘opening hours’.

Officially, the last day for shipping orders in the U.K is the 18th December for second class. However, they will continue to send out Wing Leader orders up until 23rd December.  If you are in desperate need of something before Christmas then let us know, we’ll do our best to help.    After that they will be closed until 5th January when order despatch will resume again.  You can of course still place orders over the Christmas/New Year holiday on our website, all of which will be despatched from 5th January.