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THE REAL TOP GUN: A Story Tailor-Made for the Silver Screen

The Real Top Gun: A Novel Adaptation of the War Years of Spitfire Ace Johnnie Johnson - Graham Wilding

This highly readable novel I raced through by leaps and bounds.  It provides a fairly comprehensive look at the combat service of J.E. "Johnnie" Johnson (1915-2001), the top Allied fighter ace of World War II against the Luftwaffe in Western Europe. The dramatic elements of the air fighting were carefully juxtaposed with scenes of life in wartime Britain and France. The author's love and admiration for his subject shines through on every page, too.   (The only quibble I have with the novel is that it could have stood for some more rigorous editing.)