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Lord Ashcroft's New Book on Heroic Airmen - Out on September 13 PR Newswire LONDON, July 4, 2012 LONDON, July 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lord Ashcroft's new book, Heroes of the Skies, will be published by Headline Review on September 13 2012.

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Lord Ashcroft's New Book on Heroic Airmen -
Out on September 13
PR Newswire
LONDON, July 4, 2012
LONDON
,
July 4, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Lord Ashcroft's new book,
Heroes of the Skies
, will be published by Headline
Review on
September 13
2012.
The book tells the remarkable stories behind the world's largest collection of
medals for gallantry in the air that were awarded to more than 80 British,
Commonwealth and other Allied airmen.
Heroes of the Skies
uses new material from pilots' log books, eyewitnesses,
letters, citations, interviews and other sources to tell the stories of air combat,
bombing raids and other bravery displayed by airmen as long ago as the First
World War and up to the on-going conflict in
Afghanistan
. The bulk of the
stories are from the Second World War and they include some of the greatest
fighter aces from the conflict.
The Foreword to the book has been written by Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Sir Michael Beetham GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC, a distinguished and decorated
Second World War bomber pilot and now President of the Bomber Command
Association.
Lord Ashcroft has established himself as a best-selling author with his Heroes
series and
Heroes of the Skies
will be his fourth book on bravery (and his
seventh in all). As well as being a military historian, Lord Ashcroft in an
international businessman and philanthropist. He has built up the world's largest
collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs),
Britain
and the Commonwealth's most
prestigious award for gallantry. The decorations, more than 170 in total, are
now on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum in
London
.
Lord Ashcroft has decided that all author's royalties from
Heroes of the Skies
will be donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The fund is the RAF's
leading welfare charity, looking after serving and former members of the RAF
and their partners and dependent children. Lord Ashcroft is particularly keen to
support the charity because it recently became the custodian of the new
Bomber Command Memorial in central
London
.
The book has been written in conjunction with a six-part Channel 5 televisions
series, also called
Heroes of the Skies
, which will be screened in the autumn of
2012. Four airmen featured in the television series (including the legendary
Douglas Bader), whose medals are not in Lord Ashcroft's collection, also
feature in the book.
Lord Ashcroft's previous books in the "Heroes" series are:
Victoria Cross
Heroes, Special Forces Heroes
and
George Cross Heroes
, first published
respectively in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Lord Ashcroft, along with some of the medal recipients whose stories appear in
Heroes of the Skies
, will be available for interview in the run-up to publication.
Those who feature in the book include Edward Maslen-Jones, a decorated
Second World War reconnaissance pilot, who is now 92 years old.
Heroes of the Skies
by Michael Ashcroft is published by Headline Review and can be
pre-ordered on
http://www.amazon.co.uk
. It will be available in all leading
bookshops from September 13 2012. For more information about Lord Ashcroft
visit:
http://www.lordashcroft.com