COBBER KAIN

The story of a New Zealand flying hero

  • Price: £ 50

Random Century First edition 1992.    188 pages and well illustrated with photographs

Very Good condition cardcover book. Clean, tight and feels unread.  For some reason, this excellent book was never published in hardback, so this edition is the only one available and has become very scarce.

Cobber Kain was the Phoney War’s first air hero and the best known fighter pilot of the Battle of France as he was the first RAF ‘ace’ of the war.  He flew Hurricanes with 73 squadron and survived being shot down twice by Werner Molders, the top scoring Luftwaffe pilot of the time.  Feted in London and Paris, he was the subject of many media myths.  His exploits, his New Zealand background, youthful charm and engagement to a young actress all fuelled the public’s interest.  His untimely death aged 22 when crashing doing a last ‘beat up’ before going on leave, only enhanced his legendary reputation.

This book looks at Kain’s flying career and the extraordinary man behind the myths, as a friend described him; ‘in the air Kain is a daredevil pilot – on the ground he is shy and modest.’