Our own winged warrior – Chesterfield’s Battle of Britain ace

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The remarkable achievements of a Chesterfield man in the Battle of Britain have never been fully recognised by historians, Barry M Marsden reckons – and here he reveals why.

PHILIP JAMES SANDERS had never any intention of becoming a flyer; born at Somersall House, Chesterfield, in 1911, he was destined to follow his father Henry as a solicitor in a successful local firm, but his parent’s death in 1933 left him in a quandary. Educated at Cheltenham and Balliol College, Oxford, he had commenced articles in the City, but realised he was not cut out for the legal profession…

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