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.
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 passed away in 2018.