NON FICTION BOOK REVIEW 339 words Title: The Splendid Hundred: The True Story of Canadians Who Flew in the Greatest Air Battle of World War II; by Arthur Bishop; McGraw-Hill Ryerson; ISBN 0-07-551683-7; paperback., 190 pages; $19.95. Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "Arthur Bishop's gripping saga of Canadian heroism in the skies of World War II, is a keeper" The Splendid Hundred, they terrorized the skies "Canadians scored more victories per pilot than any other Allied air force in the Battle of Britain," says Arthur Bishop in this gripping saga of Canadian heroism in the skies of World War II. It wasn't that this out-manned crew defeated the Luftwaffe, from July 10 to October 31, 1940 they completely discouraged Germany's planned invasion of Britain and gave cause for the Americans to get involved. It proved to be a major turning point, and this is the day-to-day account of how it happened. The son of first war air ace, Victoria Cross holder, and later Air Marshall "Billy" Bishop, this ex-Spitfire pilot has written a series of authoritative and well received volumes on Canada-at-war. He has a spare, tightly written, to the point style that is so vivid that the dogfight accounts will have pilot-readers kicking rudders. In addition to having been there, Bishop has thoroughly searched the records to validate his account of the Canadians' phenomenal accomplishment. The book is well supported by a complete bibliography, a 20 page Box Score of "kills," and a detailed Index of Names and Squadrons. Churchill's homage to their bravery in his famous speech; "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed etc.," was met by typical Canadian insouciance, with a flyer's wry comment, "He must be talking about our liquor bills." The Canadian pilots' cheek was exemplified by the CO of No.1 Squadron Ernie McNab who on an official occasion, met the Air Marshall wearing a blue kerchief with white-polka dots at his throat in defiance of official regulations. The Splendid Hundred is an object lesson to stiffen the backbone of Canadians of all ages and circumstances who think "that they can't." Perhaps it is also the best response to Bill Clinton, the American president's incredible gaffe on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.Somebody please send him a copy but not yours, this one's a "keeper."