Heroes of the Skies

Book – published by Headline on 13 September 2012

Heroes of the Skies is the fourth book by Lord Ashcroft in his bravery series. The book tells the remarkable stories behind the world’s largest private collection of medals for gallantry in the air that were awarded to more than 80 British, Commonwealth and other Allied airmen.

Heroes of the Skies uses new material from pilots’ log books, eye-witnesses, letters, interviews, citations and other sources to tell the stories of air combat, bombing raids and other bravery displayed by airmen as long ago as the First World War and up to the on-going conflict in Afghanistan. The book was published by Headline on 13 September 2012. Its Foreword is written by Marshal of the RAF Sir Michael Beetham GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC.


Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, has established himself as a best-selling author with his Heroes series. His previous books (all published in hardback and paperback by Headline) were Victoria Cross Heroes (first published in 2006), Special Forces Heroes (first published in 2008) and George Cross Heroes (first published in 2010).

As well as being a military historian and author, Lord Ashcroft is an international businessman and philanthropist. He has built up the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs), Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious award for gallantry. These decorations are currently on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum London.

Lord Ashcroft is a member of the Privy Council and is the Government’s Special Representative for Veterans’ Transition, working with all departments to ensure military personnel get the support they need when making the transition to civilian life.

All author’s royalties from Heroes of the Skies will be donated to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.