BIOGRAPHIES AND FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNTS OF THE ‘FEW’ ABOUND, BUT NOW THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS HAVE PUBLISHED THE DIARY OF THE STATION CHAPLAIN AT RAF DUXFORD IN 1940, SQUADRON LEADER GUY MAYFIELD, GIVING FRESH INSIGHTS INTO THE BATTLE AS HE HELPED PILOTS COPE AND FIND PEACE. OFTEN, TOO OFTEN, HE DEALT WITH THE TRAGIC AFTERMATH OF COMBAT; THE DEATHS OF MEN WHO WERE HIS FRIENDS.
SECOND WORLD WAR | WAR IN THE AIR
Guy Mayfield did not live the ‘glamorous’ life of the fighter pilot, but he lived with them, cheek-by-jowl, throughout the hectic and dangerous days of 1940. The pilots became his drinking buddies, squash partners and friends - and he became their confidante, counsellor and off duty companion. To Guy Mayfield, these young men were his heroes. In turn, they revered his down-to-earth approach to what was the experience of life and death in the Battle of Britain.