Duty Calls: Battle of Britain

Publisher: Puffin Books

Review

Nineteen-year-old pilot officer Archie Jackson is in control of the RAF's newest fighter aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire. France has fallen and the swastika flies over Occupied Europe and it's down to Archie and his fellow young pilots to protect Britain from a Nazi invasion.

This detailed story about the Battle of Britain includes plenty of technical information about aircraft, flying and World War II, including a glossary of terms used at that time in the RAF, a map of fighter airfields and diagrams of the layout of a Spitfire cockpit.The early action is interleaved with an account of Archie’s training and the events leading up to his deployment, plus a wider perspective of the airborne war, but the narrative maintains enough momentum to keep readers wondering about what happens next.

This latest installment of the Duty Calls is series is a well-reseached World War II story that will particularly appeal to enthusiastic boy readers at upper Key Stage 2 or lower Key Stage 3.

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