The Best Twelve Years is an autobiographical account of a young English boy, born and raised in India during the British Raj. Having been launched into his career in the RAF at the start of World War II, it tells of how, isolated from his family, he faced the confronting world of wartime Britain, where he soon experienced first hand the effects of Nazi bombing. His passion for flying, along with a burning desire to strike back, soon leads him to the ranks of Bomber Command and their elite Pathfinders.
Moving to Transport Command after the war, his involvement in flight-testing some of the technology that has now become standard aviation equipment, he travels to RAF stations in a dozen countries during the diminishing years of the British Empire. Through hardship, disappointment and triumph, this book matures with its author's recollections, and so holds a personality of its own, to emerge a man of reflection, and the acceptance of fate as a philosophy for life.