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British Writing of the Second World War$
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Mark Rawlinson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184560.001.0001

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The Figure of the Airman

The Figure of the Airman

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British Writing of the Second World War

Mark Rawlinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a study of themes individualism and social cohesion in the light of the career and posthumous reception of fighter pilot and writer Richard Hillary. Contemporary thinking about heroism, selfhood, and nation is explored in the broader context of wartime developments in writing about military aviation.

Keywords:   military aviation, heroism, individualism, social cohesion, Richard Hillary

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