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Richard Hillary

(1919—1943) air force officer and author


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(1919–43) RAF fighter pilot who was horribly wounded and disfigured in combat in 1940, underwent painful and lengthy surgery, and died in a flying accident. He is remembered as a writer for his vivid account of his wartime experiences, The Last Enemy (1942). See, Richard Hillary: The Definitive Biography of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot and Author of The Last Enemy (2004).

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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