Books

Graham is a prolific and very highly regarded author, specialising in RAF history from the service’s formation to the present day.  He has had twelve books published, ranging from squadron histories, accounts of RAF operations, to detailed biographies. The common theme at the core of most of his books is the human dimension – the individual’s service, skill, courage and fortitude he so admires.

He is curently working on a new edition of his book The Royal Air Force, Day By Day, which has been commissioned by the Chief of the Air Staff as part of the RAF’s centenary celebrations in 2018.


 

BooksPAPER BACK REPRINT – SHOT DOWN AND ON THE RUN / SHOT DOWN AND IN THE DRINK ( 2017)

Continuing on the success of the original hard back editions (2003 & 2005) and the first soft back reprint (2007), Bloomsbury Publishing, under the Osprey imprint, have republished both versions as soft backs.

Publisher; Osprey Publishing

‘On the Run ‘ can be purchased directly from the publisher HERE

‘In the Drink’ can be purchased directly from the publisher HERE


 

 

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FOREVER VIGILANT: NAVAL 8 / 208 SQUADRON RAF, A CENTENARY OF SERVICE FROM 1916-2016  (2016)

A complete history of the century of service of No. 208 Squadron, RAF.  Beginning life in October 1916 as Naval Eight Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, the squadron served as a scout squadron on the Western Front before leaving for Egypt in 1920 to begin fifty-one years unbroken in the Middle East.  Equipped with Hurricanes and Spitfires it fought in the Western Desert and Italy.  It remained a fighter reconnaissance squadron with Meteors and Hunters before returning to the UK to convert to the Buccaneer.  It made a crucial contribution to the Gulf War in 1991.  Its modern-day role as an advanced flying training squadron with the Hawk concludes the story. Commissioned by the Naval Eight/208 Squadron Association.

“The amount of information provided in this volume is staggering….. This book will, undoubtedly, be the definitive work on an important, but often neglected, subject.”  Cross and Cockade Journal.   (Full Review HERE)

Publisher: Grub Street Publishing

This book can be purchased directly from the publisher, HERE.


 

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AIRMEN BEHIND THE MEDALS  (2015)

This book is a third volume that relates the exploits of British airmen who were decorated for gallantry during the Second World War.  Each of the twenty-one chapters is devoted to the experiences of one man.  The accounts encompass most theatres of operations and many aircraft types.  In addition to aircrew, one chapter is devoted to the gallantry of an RAF doctor who cared for fellow prisoners in Japanese camps, one to a sergeant in the RAF Regiment and another to a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm.

“These were ordinary men who rose to overcome extraordinary challenges.  Pitchfork’s examination of their gallantry superbly conveys a spirit and ethos that both inspires and endures in the RAF today.”   Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford

“Pitchfork’s examination of their gallantry conveys superbly a spirit and ethos that both inspires and endures in the RAF today.”  The Times

To see further reviews click HERE.

Publisher: Pen and Sword 2015

This book can be purchased directly from the publisher, HERE.

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20130826-GRP Books-10BUCCANEER BOYS (2013)

True tales by those who flew the ‘last all-British bomber’.  Twenty-seven aircrew who flew the iconic aircraft with the Fleet Ait Arm, Royal Air Force and South African Air Force relate their experiences and affection for the Blackburn Buccaneer.  Arranged chronologically, the book traces the history of the aircraft and the tasks it fulfilled.  It also provides an insight into the lifestyle of a Buccaneer squadron and the fun and enjoyment of being a ‘Buccaneer Boy’ in addition to being part of a highly professional and dedicated force.

“If you don’t ache with laughter when reading this book, you’re not human.  If you don’t ache with pangs of jealousy, you’re not a pilot.”   Sky & Bullets

“This book takes pride of place on the shelf at home and will be read time and time again.”  Vintage and Classic Aircraft

Publisher: Grub Street Publishing  2013

This book can be purchased directly from the publisher, HERE


 

20121221-GRP Books-6THE SOWREYS (2012)

A fascinating look into the extraordinary history of the Sowrey family; an RAF dynasty whose service spans the first sixty-five years of the RAF’s existence.  Members fought in both world wars and five of the Sowreys were awarded the Air Force Cross, amongst their other numerous decorations. Their diverse individual careers and experiences worldwide provide great scope for study into history and development of the RAF from World War One to the later stages of the Cold War.

“The author’s extensive and deep knowledge of the Service and its history has resulted in a meticulously researched and highly readable book.”    Air Power Review

Publisher: Grub Street Publishing 2012

This book can be purchased directly from the publisher, HERE

 


 

BofB 1THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN  (2010)

A brief, superbly illustrated, description of the Battle of Britain.  A perfect volume for those who want an introduction and general account of the Battle. It includes a section on Commemorations and Memorials together with a list of recommended reading on the Battle. This book was reprinted in 2015.

Published by:  The History Press

This book can be purchased on Amazon, HERE.


 

4914 Squadron FCP.inddTHE RAF’S FIRST JET SQUADRON: 616 (SOUTH YORKSHIRE) (2009)

From its formation during the build-up to the Second World War to its re-equipment with the RAF’s first jet fighters, used in 1944 to intercept German V-1 flying bombs, this richly illustrated book documents the life of No. 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron – one of the last of the twenty-one Auxiliary Air Force squadrons to be formed and the only Allied squadron to operate jets during the war.

“The squadron’s proud heritage and the gallant deeds of those men who served on ‘South Yorkshire’s Own’ live on through the pages of this detailed and emotive history.”   David Moody Esq, Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire

Publisher:  The History Press

 

 


 

20121221-GRP Books-8THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, DAY BY DAY  (2008)

Royal Air Force Fay by Day is a diary of significant daily events providing a fascinating record of the RAF’s ninety-year history.  It describes not only the great air battles and major events, but also the tapestry of activities, traditions and culture that have created the rich heritage of the world’s oldest Air Force.  Central to all these themes are the experiences of RAF officers, airmen and women, ground trades and aircrew during war and peace. The book is a compelling mixture of the exceptional, the unusual and the routine.  It was published in association with the RAF Museum.

“If you have any interest in the RAF, this superlative book is a must.”   RAFA Air Mail

“A superb reference.”   Flypast Magazine

“A first class book.  Absolutely outstanding.”   Aeroplane Magazine

Publisher:  Sutton Publishing


 

20080325-GRP Books-1SHOT DOWN AND IN THE DRINK  (2005)

The RAF’s Air Sea Rescue Service saved thousands of aircrews during the Second World War, often in the most challenging conditions.  This wide-ranging, authoritative account draws upon over forty first-hand testimonies and official reports from the National Archives, as well as dramatic, previously unpublished photographs. The book has sold over 6,500 copies in both hard-back and soft-back.

Commissioned by the National Archives.

“An inspiring and authoritative book.”  Royal National Lifeboat Institute

“An excellent piece of writing, which I find spell binding and not easily put down.  Thank you for dealing with our subject so well.  I will keep and cherish it.”   Air Sea Rescue/Marine Craft Association

Publisher:  The National Archives

 


 

20121221-GRP Books-9SHOT DOWN AND ON THE RUN  (2003)

This compelling book tells some of the epic stories of RAF and Commonwealth aircrews who returned from behind enemy lines, across all theatres of the Second World War.  Based on special first-hand interviews and official debriefing documents held at the National Archives, many of these accounts have never been published before.  Featured throughout are the roles of local resistance groups and other helpers, and the Military Intelligence body MI 9 that masterminded training, support and organization of escape and evasion. The book has sold over 8,500 copies in both hard back and soft back.

Commissioned by the National Archives.

“Lucidly and excitingly recounted, this book is a fitting memorial to the evaders and their ‘helpers’.”  Book Choice – BBC History Books of the Year

“This is a book of quality. It informs, entertains and uplifts the spirits.”   Royal Air Force Historical Society Journal

Publisher: The National Archives


 

20121221-GRP Books-7MEN BEHIND THE MEDALS: A NEW SELECTION  (2003)

A follow on volume to the author’s highly successful first edition, which relates the gallant exploits of another twenty airman including a pilot in the Army Air Corps.  The selection offers a different series of operations and theatres of war and is an ideal complement to the first edition.

“This superb book…it make enthralling reading and the coloured illustrations are a sight to behold.”   Medal News

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

 

 

 

 


 

20140214-GRP Books-11THE BUCCANEERS   (2002)

Commissioned by the publisher, this book relates the aircraft’s operational service with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.  It traces its history embarked in the RN’s aircraft carriers, in the maritime role with the RAF’s Nos. 12 and 208 Squadrons and in the overland strike role in RAF Germany.  Containing many rare and previously unpublished colour photographs, and the authentic narrative views of Buccaneer aircrew ‘from the cockpit’, it is a tribute to a classic British-built bomber.

“For those who had the misfortune to be denied the character-building experience of operating the Buccaneer, this splendid book will tell them exactly what they missed – very highly recommended.”     RAF Historical Society Journal

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

 


 

20080403-GRP Books-2MEN BEHIND THE MEDALS  (1998)

This book tells the stories of RAF aircrew who flew on operations during the Second World War and whose service was recognised by the award of gallantry medals.  However, this book is more than just a narrative of the actions and courage of pilots, navigators, engineers and gunners who are the main characters.  Their exploits are recorded against a backdrop of air operations that had such a major influence on the eventual outcome of the war.

“A truly outstanding publication that deserves to be well read by both professionals and laymen alike.”  This England Magazine

“A classic book that encapsulates the heroism of RAF aircrew.”  Editor’s Choice – Flypast magazine

Publisher: Pen and Sword

This book can be purchased on Amazon, HERE