By Sean Feast
In many ways, Alfie Fripp’s battle ended whilst he used to be shot down on a reconnaissance sortie over Germany in October 1939. in lots of others, it was once purely simply starting. Squadron chief Alfie Fripp (RAF Retd) used to be the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of conflict (PoW) until eventually his demise in 2012 – the final of the so-called ‘39-ers’. Held in the course of global conflict II within the Nazi PoW camp of Stalag Luft III in Sagan, he used to be a veteran of the genuine nice get away within which he took an energetic function, and had the disappointment of seeing his personal skipper – Mike Casey – shot as one of many ‘50’. yet Alfie’s tale starts off good sooner than the outbreak of the second one international battle. certainly one of Trenchard’s ‘Brats’, Alfie expert as a instant operator prior to spending greater than 5 years in a number of flying boat squadrons within the a long way East. He was once back one of many final survivors from the times of the robust Southampton, Scapa and Singapore flying boats that governed either the skies and the waves, and helped make sure the safeguard of the Empire. instructed to Sean banquet with remarkable honesty and straightforwardness, written with velocity and perception, Alfie’s tale has been introduced alive. observed through an excellent selection of images, this long-overdue account is a wonderful likelihood to find the tale of 1 of those mythical males. Sean banquet is a well-respected aviation historian whose prior titles for Grub highway were Heroic Endeavour, grasp Bombers (now in paperback), A Pathfinder’s battle (with Ted Stocker), and Churchill’s Navigator (with John Mitchell) and, such a lot lately, The Pathfinder spouse.