Blood, Sweat and Courage: 41 Squadron RAF, 1939-1942

Author(s): Steve Brew 

ISBN: 9781781552964
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A comprehensive study of 41 Squadron RAF, concentrating on its wartime activity between September 1939 and July 1942.
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Formed in 1916, 41 Squadron is one of the oldest Royal Air Force squadrons in existence. The unit saw service in the First World War, on Policing Duties in the Aden Protectorate during the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, and more recently in the First Gulf War and Yugoslavia. Until now, however, its History has not been written.

Following the success of Blood, Sweat and Valour, focusing on the period August 1942 to May 1945, Blood, Sweat and Courage now completes the narrative of 41 Squadron’s Second World War activity, concentrating on its operations between September 1939 and July 1942.

Author Steve Brew recounts the unit’s role within battles, operations, and larger strategies, and details experiences made by the pilots and ground crew participating in them. The Squadron’s actions are often revealed for the first time, through records that have previously not been available. Brew evokes the feeling of the period, portraying not only a factual account but also one that captures the colour of life on a Second World War fighter squadron, with a balance between material of a documentary nature and narrative action, intertwining fact with personal recollections, serious events with humour, and sobering statistics with poignant afterthought.

BOOK ISBN 9781781552964
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 1040 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2014
ILLUSTRATIONS 300 black-and-white photographs



Steve Brew is a 45-year-old Australian with dual Swiss citizenship who is the Historian for 41 Squadron RAF. He has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and speaks in addition to his English mother-tongue fluent High German and Swiss German. He is the author of Greycliffe; Stolen Lives (Navarine, 2003) and numerous magazine articles, chiefly of a genealogical nature.