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The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force 1939–1945

Martin Francis


Between 1939 and 1945, the British public was spellbound by the martial endeavours and dashing style of the young men of the RAF, especially those with silvery fabric wings sewn above the breast pocket of their glamorous slate-blue uniform. The author provides the first scholarly study of the place of ‘the flyer’ in British culture during the Second World War. Examining the lives of RAF personnel, and their popular representation in literary and cinematic texts, he illuminates broader issues of gender, social class, national and racial identities, emotional life, and the creation of a national ... More

Keywords: Royal Air Force, Second World War, gender, social class, national identity, masculinity, emotional life, flyer, national myth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277483
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277483.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Francis, author
Henry R. Winkler Associate Professor of Modern History, University of Cincinnati