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The Silver Spitfire

The Legendary WWII RAF Fighter Pilot in His Own Words
By: Tom Neil
Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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A brilliantly vivid Second World War memoir by one of 'the Few' Spitfire fighter pilots. 

Following the D-Day landings, Battle of Britain hero Tom Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison to an American fighter squadron. 

As the Allies pushed east, Neil commandeered an abandoned Spitfire as his own personal aeroplane. Erasing any evidence of its provenance and stripping it down to bare metal, it became the RAF's only silver Spitfire.   

Alongside his US comrades, he took the silver Spitfire into battle until, with the war's end, he was forced to make a difficult decision. Faced with too many questions about the mysterious rogue fighter, he contemplated increasingly desperate measures to offload it, including bailing out mid-Channel. 

He eventually left the Spitfire at Worthy Down, never to be seen again.  

The Silver Spitfire is the firsthand, gripping story of Neil's heroic experience as an RAF fighter pilot and his reminiscences with his very own personal Spitfire.

©2019 Wg Cdr Tom Neil (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Not much action.

This tells the story of a prior RAAF Ace, who was assigned to a US squadron as a liaison officer. He mainly just flew around on his own non-war related issues, occasionally seeing some of the devastation of the final months of the war on the western front, but not taking part in any of it. Some interesting stories here and there, but disappointing in terms of action stories.

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A story about a likable character in WW2

This is a good read by a very likable and interesting author about his days serving as an RAF pilot in WW2.

Overall, the author is a good story teller, but does get bogged down in detail sometimes.

Based on the title, I was expecting an action packed book about a spitfire, and instead received a pleasant story about what this nice chap had for lunch each day during the war.

It's still a very good and worthwhile read. Its a day-in-the-life first-person narrative, which I must admit, I did ultimately enjoy all the same.

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  • MR ADRIAN M EASTON
  • 28-12-2019

A really interesting book, and very well read by the narrator

Fascinating, engaging and most importantly, factual. Tom Neil shares some his fascinating memories with the reader and they don’t disappoint! Set circa 1943 - 1945, Wing Commander Tom Neil provides a great insight into his RAF and USAAF days, and even though the Silver Spitfire comes into the book late, it’s still a very entertaining and rather sobering read all the way through.

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