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How I Got My Knees Brown

As a 16-year-old Devonshire lad from the collage of Shaldon, near Teignmouth, Rupert Extence joined the RAF in August 1939 as an aircraft apprentice, just one month before Britain went to war with Germany.

After undergoing training and serving briefly in the UK, he was posted overseas and would spend the next four years away from home "getting his knees brown" - RAF parlance for a tour of duty overseas.

His recollections include descriptions of his life as an RAF apprentice in the early days of war, witnessing air raids in Devon and London, becoming an RAF Aircraftman at 18 and being posted to the Middle East soon afterwards.

This book can be purchased from the Woodfield Publishing website.