Philip Wilkinson had forty years of RAF service – the final three-and-a-half were in Russia. With this unusual double qualification, he examines the dynamics of the Russia-RAF relationship, sometimes as allies, sometimes as adversaries. Drawing on personal reminiscences, official records and recollections of surviving veterans of RAF service in Russia during the Second World War, the narrative ranges from light-hearted to often somber memories. It goes from brutal combat in the early years of the intervention to mild language difficulties later, from innocent misunderstandings to deliberate deception, and from cultural contrasts to aesthetic links. Profusely illustrated with many unpublished colour and mono photographs from the period.