Bob Foster is a widely known determine at e-book and print signings in lots of elements of the united kingdom. even though well-known as a conflict of england veteran, little is understood of his lifestyles, or the main points of his battle provider with the RAF. Persuaded to inform his tale to air historian and good validated aviation writer Norman Franks, the result's a really readable account of his flying years.
These all 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, outfitted with Hawker Hurricanes. through early September 1940 he and his Squadron have been within the thick of the air combating over southern England, working from Croydon.
Surviving the conflict, he later turned an teacher, yet almost immediately 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. offered the DFC for his efforts, he lower back to the united kingdom and used to be given an project with a RAF public kin outfit, finishing up in Normandy inside of 3 weeks of the invasion of 1944.
Often serving correct up within the entrance traces, Bob observed the conflict at very shut hand, after which rather by accident turned one of many first, if now not the 1st RAF officer to go into Paris with the releasing French military, and back, accidentally, was once mostly de Gaulle’s victorious procession down the Champs-Élysées.
His memoir is an interesting selection of tales and recollections of 2 certain parts of WW2, which additionally exhibits how success frequently formed the lives of the fighter pilots concerned. Bob Foster later grew to become a profitable revenues supervisor with Shell-Mex and BP, in addition to serving with the Royal Auxiliary Air strength. He now lives along 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 special fighter pilots akin to Neville Duke (War Diaries of Neville Duke), Jimmy Sheddan (Tempest Pilot) and Paul Richey (Fighter Pilot's Summer).He lives together with his spouse Heather in East Sussex.