The HARDEST DAY

18th August 1940

Multi-Signed by Battle of Britain Pilots

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    Signed on the title page by the author and RAF & Luftwaffe aircrew
    who fought on the ‘Hardest Day’ of the Battle of Britain

    Luftwaffe

    Unteroffizier Günther Unger ~ 9/KG76 Do17 Pilot
    Leutnant Kurt Scheffel ~ 1/StG 77  Ju87 Stuka Pilot
    Feldwebel Wilhelm Raab  ~ 9/KG76 Do17 Pilot
    Feldwebel Max Schümann  ~ 9/KG76 Do17 Radio Operator
    Oberleutnant Julius Neumann  ~ 2/JG27  Bf109 Pilot
    Unteroffizier Franz Bergmann  ~ 9/KG76 Do17 Radio Operator
    Unteroffizier Theo Rehm  ~ 2/KG76 Do17 Observer
    Leutnant Joachim Köpsell  ~  1/ZG26 Bf110 Pilot

    RAF

    Flying Officer Innes Westmacott ~ 56 Squadron Hurricane Pilot
    Flight Lieutenant AR Russell  ~ 32 Squadron Hurricane Pilot
    Flight Sergeant Bill Pond  ~ 601 Squadron Hurricane Pilot
    Pilot Officer Dave Glaser  ~ 65 Squadron Spitfire Pilot
    Sergeant Jim Hallowes ~ 43 Squadron Hurricane Pilot

    Published by Macdonald & Janes.  First edition, first impression 1979.  223 pages and well illustrated with photographs.

    Very Good condition hardback book in a Very Good condition dustjacket.

    This is a detailed and descriptive narrative which covers the 24 hours of August 18th 1940 as seen through the eyes of scores of British and Germans who took part in the air fighting or those on the ground who became involved, unwittingly or otherwise.  This day is considered to be the hardest fought day when 68 British and 69 German aircraft were destroyed, a combined loss greater than on any other day.

    All but one of the signatories are featured in the book which must have been signed at a launch event. This incredible collection of relevant signatures makes this a unique and highly collectable book for any Battle of Britain library.