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Heroes of the Skies

Michael Ashcroft

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Prose: non-fiction, History, Military history, Air forces & warfare

The fourth book in Ashcroft's Heroes series tells the extraordinary stories behind his collection of British and Commonwealth flying gallantry medals.

In HEROES OF THE SKIES, Michael Ashcroft relays the stories our most courageous airmen. From those who flew when aeroplanes were in their flimsy infancy during the First World War, through the bomber crews and fighter pilots of the Second World War, to heroes of more recent conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Afghanistan, every man in this book risked his life for his comrades and his country. In telling the stories of the individual bravery of more than eighty such men, HEROES OF THE SKIES also paints a picture of a century of aerial combat and allows us to celebrate the extraordinary feats of our flying heroes.

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Michael Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, is an international businessman, author and philanthropist.

He has a life-long interest in bravery and gallantry medals. His collection of Victoria Crosses - the largest in the world - and George Crosses can be seen in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, alongside other similar decorations owned by, or in the care of, the Imperial War Museum in London. He is also a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum Foundation Ltd, Vice Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum and a principal benefactor to the Bomber Command Memorial, donating 1 million to the cause.

The author's royalties from each of his books on gallantry have been donated to military charities.

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