Kenneth 'Hawkeye' Lee


Battle of Britain Ace

By: Nick Thomas
Format: Hardback or Kindle

ISBN: 9781848841468
Published: 4th April 2011

We're unable to collect the current price for this book.
It's RRP / Print Price is £19.99
Please search for it at Pen and Sword

Kenneth \'Hawkeye\' Lee

Following training 'Hawkeye' Lee received his commission and was posted to 501 Squadron which was sent to support the Expeditionary Force in France, arriving on 10 May, only hours after the Blitzkrieg had been launched. Lee quickly opened his score, claiming several bombers during the first week of operations. Having been wounded when his Hurricane exploded following a dogfight, Lee was briefly rested but soon rejoined the Squadron before they moved to their first Battle of Britain base at Middle Wallop. Lee scored more damaged and destroyed enemy aircraft and by the end of July he was Mentioned in Dispatches. Lee was forced to take to his parachute for the second time, learning of the richly deserved award of his DFC while still recovering from his wounds. He later recalled how each of the Squadron's 'aces', even 'Ginger' Lacey, had been shot down at least twice during that summer. 

Lee was later posted to 112 (Shark) Squadron, flying Curtis Kittyhawks on Fighter and Fighter-Bomber missions in North Africa and then to 260 Squadron which was heavily involved in the lead-up to the battle of El Alamein, seeking out and destroying enemy troop columns and fighting off the Luftwaffe which still had air superiority. In March 1943, 123 Squadron began Fighter-Bomber operations against Mediterranean targets, during one Lee was hit by AA and made a forced – landing in an olive grove. He was captured and sent to Stalagluft III just in time to play a key role in the Great Escape.

 



Some books that may interest you

Battle of the Odon
Battle of the Odon
By: Georges Bernage

Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing
Aces, Airmen and The Biggin Hill Wing
By: Jon Tan
Foreword by: Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC

The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944
The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944
By: John Grehan, Martin Mace

Winston Churchill: Portrait of an Unquiet Mind
Winston Churchill: Portrait of an Unquiet Mind
By: Andrew Norman

Douglas Haig As I Knew Him
Douglas Haig As I Knew Him
By: George S Duncan

The Waffen SS in Combat
The Waffen SS in Combat
By: Bob Carruthers

That Hamilton Woman
That Hamilton Woman
By: Barry Gough

Nurses of Passchendaele
Nurses of Passchendaele
By: Christine E Hallett

Arnhem
Arnhem
By: Brigadier Frank Steer

13 Sharks
13 Sharks
By: John D Grainger

The Great War Illustrated 1916
The Great War Illustrated 1916
By: Jack Holroyd, William Langford

The Red Air Force at War: Air Combat Over the Eastern Front & Korea
The Red Air Force at War: Air Combat Over the Eastern Front & Korea
By: Sergei Kramarenko

The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom 2010-2011
The Armed Forces of the United Kingdom 2010-2011
By: Charles Heyman

Our Chances Were Zero
Our Chances Were Zero
By: Rolf Magener

In Haig's Shadow
In Haig's Shadow
By: Gary Sheffield
Foreword by: Lady Janet Glover



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.