Fighting High Publishing
Fighting High, founded by Steve Darlow in 2009, commissions and publishes original stories, investing in the production, presentation, and design, of quality books. They specialise in non-fiction books that focus on human endeavour, particularly in a historical military setting.
Missing Presumed Murdered Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781999812850
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Illustrations: 30
Description:
On 12 December 1944, with the war entering its final stages, Bomber Command launched its last Main Force raid on the Krupps Steel works at Essen. The attack was devastatingly successful, and completed for the loss of only a handful of aircraft. Three of the airmen lost in the raid are still listed as ‘missing’, believed killed in action.
Main Force to Mosquito Master Bomber Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781838068745
Pub Date: 13 May 2024
Illustrations: approx 45 black and white illustrations
Description:
Wing Commander Eric Benjamin was no stranger to danger or excitement. In an action-packed career as part of the RAF Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice for his bravery under fire. He flew Fairey Battles with No.
High Flight Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781838068707
Pub Date: 14 Jan 2024
Illustrations: approx 60 b/w photographs
Description:
When Second World War Spitfire pilot John Gillespie Magee penned his poem High Flight', little did he know that his words would inspire legions of aspiring aviators who had a similar wish to fly their eager craft through footless halls of air'. Founded on years of detailed research, Roger Cole's book High Flight tells John Magee's extraordinary story, describing hitherto-unknown details of his short life, and providing insight into the inspiration for the poems that have found a unique place in history. Born of an English mother and American father in Nanking in China, Magee grew up and was educated in different parts of the world, proving to be a highly accomplished student.
Ace in a Day Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781838068738
Pub Date: 05 Aug 2022
Illustrations: 24
Description:
Wayne K. Blickenstaff, known as 'Blick', was a stalwart of the 350th Fighter Squadron of the 353rd Fighter Group based at Goxhill, Metfield and Raydon, England as part of the Eighth Air Force prosecuting the strategic air campaign against Germany. As an original cadre member, he rose steadily through the ranks from a Second Lieutenant Element Leader to Flight Leader, Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Leader and finally to a Lieutenant Colonel and Group Operations Officer.
Flyer Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781838068721
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2022
Illustrations: 16 page b/w picture section
Description:
Donald Osborne Finlay, a sporting name familiar to households in the 1930s, was Britain’s greatest athlete of the time; a hurdler whose triumphant exploits graced the sports pages and newsreels week after week. From a humble family background, he became a double Olympic medallist, European Champion, and Empire (Commonwealth) Champion; he also won the AAA 120 yards hurdles an unprecedented seven times in succession. Reporters ran out of superlatives to describe him.
The Lost Graves of Peenemünde Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781999812898
Pub Date: 01 Oct 2020
Illustrations: approx 60 black and white photgraphs
Description:
The raid on the secret rocket research establishment at Peenemünde on the Baltic coast in August 1943 has gone down in history as one of the most successful and remarkable of the war. The site was virtually obliterated, and the Germans forced to move rocket production and development elsewhere. But it came at a terrible cost.
Extremes of Fortune Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781999812881
Pub Date: 05 Jun 2020
Illustrations: approx 60 black and white photgraphs
Description:
Herbert Martin Massey was by any measure, a remarkable man. He was wounded three times in three separate conflicts, the first of which, in the First World War, almost killed him. Brought down in flames by one of Germany’s great aces, Werner Voss, he somehow recovered from his horrific, life-threatening injuries to continue his flying career in the Royal Air Force, only to be nearly killed once more in the Palestine Emergency of 1936, when his life was saved by the thin metal of his cigarette case.
Fire-step to Fokker Fodder Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781999812874
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2019
Illustrations: 16 page b/w picture section
Description:
Jack Lidsey was one of the first to volunteer during the Great War, enlisting as a private soldier in his local regiment, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, in August 1914. He was sent to the Ypres Salient in March 1915, experiencing trench warfare around Ploegsteert Wood before moving south to the Somme in France. Lidsey was sent home for commissioning early in 1916, re-joining his battalion as a Second Lieutenant just in time for the Somme offensive of that summer.
Sticky Murphy Lover of Life Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781999812843
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2018
Illustrations: 30
Description:
Those who knew Wing Commander Alan Michael ‘Sticky’ Murphy remember a man who was an inspiration both on and off duty. Indeed, it motivated James H. Coley, who served as a navigator in No.
Gepruft Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781999812812
Pub Date: 31 May 2018
Illustrations: 30
Description:
Shot down in his Avro Manchester on the Thousand Bomber raid of 30/31 May 1942 Bomber Command observer and navigator John Valentine saw out the rest of the Second World War as a prisoner in Germany. During that period, he wrote extensively to his wife Ursula, telling her of his survival, the circumstances in which he was shot from the sky, his capture, and the daily rigours of life as a prisoner of war. Extraordinarily, and despite being extremely ill, when John was finally liberated he brought back all the letters and photographs he had received from Ursula.
Our Story, Your History. The International Bomber Command Centre Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781999812829
Pub Date: 20 Apr 2018
Illustrations: Approx 100
Description:
The aim of those who created the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) was clear – to provide a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. In 2018 that aim was achieved.‘Our Story, Your History – The International Bomber Command Centre’ details the story behind the IBCC, the people who came up with the initial idea and the extraordinary dedication and creativity that made the project a reality.
George Butterworth Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781999812805
Pub Date: 11 Feb 2018
Illustrations: 24
Description:
George Sainton Kaye Butterworth was one of the most brilliant, enigmatic and promising young composers of the early twentieth century. Intensely fond of his country, he composed hauntingly beautiful English choral and orchestral music while struggling to make a living as a reviewer, teacher and demonstrator of Morris dances. He was a direct and diffident man who was fiercely loyal to his few close friends.
Last of the Kriegies Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780993415296
Pub Date: 25 Sep 2017
Illustrations: Approx. 30
Description:
‘For you the war is over’. ‘Last of the Kriegies’ tells the extraordinary stories of five of the last remaining Second World War RAF Bomber Command Prisoners-of-War: pilot Reg Barker, bomb aimer Charles Clarke, air gunner David Fraser, air gunner Albert Gunn and navigator Henry Wagner. Each veteran shares the journey they went through joining up with the Royal Air Force, their training and crewing up, and operational duties with RAF Bomber Command.
Bomber Command: Battle of Berlin Failed to Return Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780993415272
Pub Date: 31 May 2017
Illustrations: Approx 100
Description:
‘Tonight you are going to the Big City. You will have the opportunity to light a fire in the belly of the enemy that will burn his black heart out.’ The message from Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command Sir Arthur Harris was clear.
Slybirds Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780993415265
Pub Date: 01 May 2017
Illustrations: 450
Description:
The distinctive black and yellow chequered markings of the 353rd Fighter Group, the ‘Slybirds’, made them one of the USAAF ‘Mighty’ 8th Air Force’s most colourful fighter groups. Flying P-47D Thunderbolts and later P-51D Mustangs the 353rd’s appearance in the skies over occupied Europe witnessed growing American air power and helped to change the course of the air war. From mid-1943 until the end of hostilities in Europe, the 353rd participated in all major aerial battles from the 1943 Regensburg and Schweinfurt raids to ‘Big Week’, the attacks on Berlin, and the support of the D-Day landings and Normandy campaign in 1944.
Flying The Icon: Spitfire Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780993212987
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2016
Illustrations: Approx 200
Description:
The Supermarine Spitfire is not only one of the most famous British icons, but it is arguably the most widely-recognised and popular aircraft in the history of aviation. For many generations it was said to be ‘every schoolboy’s dream’ to fly a Spitfire, and Flying the Icon: Spitfire aims to give the reader an insight into what that requires.To mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of Prototype K5054 on 5 March 1936, author Jarrod Cotter presents something entirely different from the previously published histories of the Spitfire.