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Alastair Dyson Panton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1939. His bravery was recognised with an OBE in 1950 and a CBE in 1969. By the time of his retirement in 1971 he was Provost marshal and Head of RAF Security. He died in December 2002.
"One can't help feeling awe and reverence for people like this. There are enough adventures here for a lifetime, let alone six weeks." Louis de Bernieres "Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer tells an amazing story of bravery and courage in the air and on the ground." General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, former head of the British Army "This story grips you by the lapels and sometimes by the throat, and all who love tales of war will devour every page." Matthew Parris, Times columnist "The clarity of this book - is as surprising as its humanity; it rattles along as both great drama and poignant social commentary - [his story] deserves to be told." The Times "!What comes over is the extraordinary life of these airmen, who were living in care-free comfort one moment and dying horrible deaths only a few minutes later." Shropshire Star "One of the gems published last year." Rye's Own "It is the best account of the chaos and confusion of war - and a British defeat - outside the pages of Evelyn Waugh. It deserves to be a best seller." Boris Johnson, The Times