The diary of an American Spitfire pilot with the 309th Fighter Squadron
About the Authors
Mark Hillier, Dieter Sinanan
and Gregory Percival
The three authors all
current pilots at Goodwood in West Sussex, previously published "Westhampnett at War" . This is their second book to be published
and follows the life of Lt Col Harry Strawn DFC, a pilot of the 309th Fighter Squadron based at RAF Westhampnett.
Mark is a Chartered Surveyor
who has been flying since the age of 16 and is passionate about aviation history, Dieter is a flying instructor and has
taught on historic aircraft types such as the Harvard and Stearman.
Gregory is a very talented
sculptor and publisher and also a PPL pilot at Goodwood.
About the book
Harry Strawn was an American
pilot trained on P39's and was shipped to the UK in 1942 to help in the war effort as part of the 31st Fighter Group. On arrival
the unit converted to Spitfires and were posted to RAF Westhampnett in Sussex, in time to take part in the Dieppe raid. This
is his story, recreated around his diary and letters home.
He went on to fly in
North Africa and was shot down, being injured in the process. Upon re-patriation to the USA he became an instructor but volunteered
for further active duty in the Pacific Theatre flying the P47.
The book will
be launched at Goodwood, 10:00am on August the 25th at Hanger 8.
The launch is being supported
and hosted by the Boultbee Flight Academy and Goodwood Flying School. There will be loads happening on the day so please feel
free to come along. To reserve your copy email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name and address with contact telephone
number. Books will retail at £25.
To order your copy
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