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Of Sons and Skies
Of Sons and Skies by Robert Arley



by Robert Arley


“Brilliant” “Magnificent” “Fascinating” “Excellent” “Wonderful”


Fresh, accessible exploration of the terrifying challenges,
complexity and consequences of aerial combat.


Unpicks popular myths of simple battle triumphs 


Irreverent observations on the belligerent nations


Reveals how lucky we are not to have lived and served through those violent times


About the book

Of sons and skies profiles the extraordinary activity that took place over Europe and the Far East during the Second World War.


‘Fascinating and accessible’  Kay Stevens, Ledbury Book Club

‘Terrific’ John Elkington  Malvern U3A

‘I couldn’t put it down’  Ian Beer, ex-Head, Harrow School

‘Brilliant’ Air Vice Marshal Paul Robinson, Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

‘Magnificent – I heartily recommend it’  Christine Sylvester, Worcester History Society



Devoting a chapter to each year of the war, the book explains how difficult it was to convey armed planes across the sea to try to damage enemy forces, factories or civil facilities - a terrifying prospect in bad weather, facing guns on the ground, or aboard fast fighter planes, all determined to inhibit your passage.


“Takes you on an amazing journey of staggering significance”


Download HERE a PDF listing of books Robert recommends as background.

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I have mostly worked in the television industry as a writer, producer and director.

Credits range from ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ to ‘Top Gear’

Devised and wrote the popular ‘Motorway Sights Guides’

Have made films for the broadcasters on RAF air shows, the De Havilland Mosquito, WW2 veteran testimony, disabled servicemen’s rehabilitation, and British cold war planning.

I aspire to reach people who perhaps know little or nothing about those huge challenges that eventually and ultimately brought peace and prosperity to most of Europe.




I am always pleased to talk about the book and the subject to interested groups. 

‘Very informative and interesting talk, very well received.’  

Penarth Aviation Society

‘Very humbling to hear of the huge sacrifices those young men made for

our country.  Thank you for enlightening us.  Very positive feedback.’ 

Heather Greenhalgh, Pershore U3A History Group, Worcestershire

‘Excellent talk - made the evening come alive.’

John Sermon, Chair, North Cotswold Royal Air Force Association

'Robert Arley knows how to tell a story. He swept us from points of interest across Europe to the mysterious battles over the Pacific - breath-taking revelations of difficulties and dangers for crews in the air and on the ground. We were all educated and enthralled. That my dad survived to never speak of these things is clearly more of a miracle than any of us knew.'

Sue Friston, Gloucestershire





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