On Saturday 6 July the Museum hosted a book launch of Mark Hillier’s two new books ‘The RAF Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot’s Kitbag’ and ‘The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot’s Kitbag’. Mark, a good friend of the Museum, has a deep knowledge of military history and particularly of the air forces of the Second World War. He is the author of a number of books and the two books launched on Saturday follow the recent successful publication of the ‘The Royal Flying Corps Kitbag’. Mark introduced his new books with a presentation on military aircrew uniforms and equipment from the formation of the Royal Flying Corps in 1912 to the summer of 1940. He made the point that the RFC and RAF equipment often lagged behind the German equivalent in both world wars.
Mark acknowledges in his Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Kitbag book Chris Goss, a prolific writer of books and articles on the Luftwaffe, who assisted him with period photographs and use of quotes from his books. Accepting an invitation to give a presentation at the book launch, Chris gave an excellent talk to the assembled guests on one of his own recent books, ‘Knights of the Battle of Britain: Luftwaffe aircrew awarded the Ritterkeuz (Knights Cross) in 1940’. The Museum is looking forward to end of the year and the publication of another of Mark’s books, ‘RAF Tangmere in 100 Objects’.