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Steve Brew
26th June 2016, 01:44
Hi everyone,

I would like to advise you of the pending release of my new book, which is a biography of Flt Lt Eric Lock. The details are as follows:

Title - A Ruddy Awful Waste
Subtitle - Eric Lock DSO, DFC & Bar; the Brief Life of a Battle of Britain Fighter Ace
ISBN - 978-0-9934152-3-4
Author - Steve Brew with Mike Bradbury
Pages - 246pp
Illustrations - 70 B&W
Format - Hardcover
Dimensions - 234mm x 156mm
RRP - £25.00
Published - July 2016
Publisher - Fighting High Publishing (http://www.fightinghigh.com/ruddyawfulwaste.htm)
Telephone +44-(0)1763-802-018
E-mail - fightinghighbooks@btinternet.com
See also: http://brew.clients.ch/raw.htm


In early 1939, 19-year-old Salopian Eric Lock joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve to fulfill his dream of flying. Within eighteen months, he found himself pitted against one of the largest air forces in the world, fighting for the survival of his homeland in a pivotal battle that, if lost, had the potential to change the course of world history.

As his training was not completed until after the Dunkirk evacuations, he was not posted to his first operational unit, 41 Squadron, until late June 1940, just prior to the commencement of the Battle of Britain.

Displaying a natural aptitude for aerial combat in his Spitfire, a number of spectacular victories quickly ensued and Lock became an Ace within four weeks of his first operational sortie. For a period during September 1940, he even maintained a 100 per cent strike rate: one victory for every operational sortie he had flown.

In mere weeks, therefore, he rose from anonymity to become a household name and hero of the nation. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1940, a second in October, and a Distinguished Service Order in November. Ultimately, he claimed twenty confirmed victories during the Battle of Britain, and was the top-scoring RAF Ace of the campaign.

However, it did not come without a price and Lock was seriously wounded in action in November 1940. Hit in three limbs by rounds fired from a German fighter, he spent the ensuing six months recuperating, and underwent three skin grafting operations performed by gifted plastic surgeon Dr Archibald McIndoe. Lock returned to front line operations with 611 Squadron in late June 1941, but sadly failed to return from a routine patrol to France just six weeks later.

"A Ruddy Awful Waste" tells Eric Lockís full story for the first time. It reveals the man behind the legend, uncovers his legacy, dispels myths, and analyses open questions. We witness his highs and his lows, we feel his joy and his pain, and we grieve with his family as they struggle to come to terms with his loss.

This is the definitive account of the brief life of this very brave young man, and cements his place as one of Britainís true national heroes.


I hope this has piqued your interest.


bruce dennis
26th June 2016, 08:21
Well done Steve, looking forward to reading it.

Steve Brew
26th June 2016, 09:07
Thanks Bruce

I appreciate that. I look forward to seeing you on 16 July.


27th June 2016, 19:13
Well done Steve. My congratulations!


Steve Brew
28th June 2016, 12:25
Thanks Pavel; I appreciate that.


phill jones
4th July 2016, 09:09
Hi Steve,

I too am looking forward to reading this New Book see you on the 16th .

BW Phill Jones