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Tom Neil short stories collection
A fantastic chance to purchase these three large hardback books (including the new ‘Acts of Fate’) for just £45. Filled with eleven short stories based upon real events in Tom Neil’s wartime career, they are written with an authority only found in someone who has actually experienced the strain and exhilaration of air combat. A perfect Christmas gift for any aviation enthusiast.
Flight into Darkness
Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC was one of the RAF’s highest scoring Aces during the Battle of Britain and in the past thirty years has written a number of successful books and articles about his extensive wartime career. For a variety of reasons however, some incidents have remained unwritten. Now the author has turned to ‘fiction’ to bring these hidden events to light. The four stories, Flight Into Darkness, A Welcome in the Hillsides, A Question of Responsibility and A Richer Dust, are all based on actual events and personalities that the author encountered during the war.
Given the freedom of not writing specifically about himself, Tom Neil has been able to explore and reflect upon the emotional side of these stories, giving a raw insight into the impact of war on the minds of 20 year old combatants. The result is a vivid and compelling book which could only have been written by someone who had experienced the emotions at first hand. Humour, mystery, tragedy and love are all covered by the four stories which will appeal not only to the generation who lived through the war but also the younger reader and enthusiast alike.
Questions of Guilt
Following the success of his first ‘faction’ book, Battle of Britain fighter Ace Tom Neil presents three more fictionalised stories based on real events that could not be told in his biographical works.
Questions of Guilt tells the story of an emotionally exhausted fighter pilot being pushed to the limit by the responsibilities of command and his guilt at shooting down a fellow pilot in a tragic accident.
Jamie Bell is the essentially true story of a well known Battle of Britain fighter pilot who found life out of the cockpit more difficult to cope with than in the air.
An Escape to Tragedy is another story of a Battle of Britain ace who died in an inexplicable crash at the very end of the war. As the story unfolds, the moving and tragic facts behind the crash are revealed.
Tom Neil uses his wealth of experience as a wartime fighter pilot to put the reader in the cockpit as he weaves this series of page-turning stories. As with his previous book ‘Flight into Darkness’ the new tales often have a Roald Dahl style unexpected twist to them, that leaves the reader guessing to the last paragraph.
Acts of Fate
Acts of Fate is based upon the author’s own experience of visiting pre-war Germany and his subsequent friendship with two happy and carefree German teenagers during the long hot summer of 1937. Although the war makes them ‘enemies’, their friendship never dies.
Jonathan Kerr exposes a darker side to squadron life during WWII where an unsavoury character’s personal ambition and influence bring tragedy and a burning desire to see justice done.
An Unusual Period of Rest is Tom’s final short story and contains several incidents that he encountered, particularly during his eventful time as a Chief Flying Instructor in Lincolnshire. Various memorable characters and events produce experiences of frustration, discontent, humour and tragedy in this compelling final tale.
About the Author
Tom Neil joined 249 Squadron in May 1940 and flew throughout the Battle of Britain becoming one of the most successful aces with 13 confirmed victories. A Flight Commander by the age of 20, he was then posted to Malta where he saw further action in the intense battle to defend the island. Returning to the UK he was given command of 41 Squadron and then attached to the USAAF as a flying liaison officer, flying both the P-51 and P-47 on operations. He retired from the RAF in 1963 and at the age of 97 is one of the very last of The Few.
250mm x 170mm