Bob Foster is a well-known determine at booklet and print signings in lots of components of the united kingdom. even if well-known as a conflict of england veteran, little is understood of his lifestyles, or the main points of his warfare carrier with the RAF. Persuaded to inform his tale to air historian and good proven aviation writer Norman Franks, the result's a really readable account of his flying years.
These started almost immediately sooner than WW2, while he learnt to fly with the RAFVR. referred to as up for conflict carrier in September 1939, he accomplished his education and was once published to 605 Squadron, built with Hawker Hurricanes. by means of early September 1940 he and his Squadron have been within the thick of the air struggling with over southern England, working from Croydon.
Surviving the conflict, he later turned an teacher, yet presently after becoming a member of fifty four Squadron, which had Spitfires, he and this unit turned a part of a gaggle despatched out to Australia to assist shield the Darwin region. Bob’s squadron and others, 452 and 457, engaged the japanese incursions all through 1943. provided the DFC for his efforts, he again to the united kingdom and was once given an project with a RAF public family outfit, finishing up in Normandy inside 3 weeks of the invasion of 1944.
Often serving correct up within the entrance strains, Bob observed the battle at very shut hand, after which fairly by accident grew to become one of many first, if now not the 1st RAF officer to go into Paris with the freeing French military, and back, accidentally, used to be quite often de Gaulle’s positive procession down the Champs-Élysées.
His memoir is an exciting number of tales and memories of 2 special components of WW2, which additionally indicates how good fortune usually formed the lives of the fighter pilots concerned. Bob Foster later turned a profitable revenues supervisor with Shell-Mex and BP, in addition to serving with the Royal Auxiliary Air strength. He now lives together with his spouse Kaethe close to Bexhill in East Sussex.
Norman Franks is a well-respected and world-renowned writer and has over seventy-five books to his identify. writer of Jasta Boelcke, Ton-Up Lancs, Air conflict for Dunkirk and Frank ‘Chota’ Carey he has additionally been co-author of many titles with distinctive fighter pilots similar to Neville Duke (War Diaries of Neville Duke), Jimmy Sheddan (Tempest Pilot) and Paul Richey (Fighter Pilot's Summer).He lives along with his spouse Heather in East Sussex.