Steve Darlow

Steve Darlow is an author, with twenty-two books to his name, and in recent years has been writing and developing five theatrical productions; Their Finest Hour, Coup de Grace, The Cormorant Tree, Spitfire Girl the Musical, and The Valentine Letters. He is often called upon as a contributor, consultant, or researcher for Second World War documentaries, most recently the Smithsonian Channel ‘s Air Warriors – Spitfire and the feature documentary Lancaster.

Having had a successful career as a Basketball player (16 England caps) and then as an author and publisher, Steve has been writing for theatre in recent years.

Steve is writing and developing five theatrical productions. Four of these are set within the Second World War, notably Spitfire Girl the Musical for which he is book writer and lyricist, Their Finest Hour, based on first-hand accounts from those who experienced the Second World War (first staged at South Hill Park, Bracknell in 2019, and recently at Waterloo East Theatre, London, receiving widespread critical acclaim), Coup de Grace, a dramatisation based on Steve’s book Flightpath to Murder, and The Valentine Letters based upon the wartime correspondence between Bomber Command airman and POW John Valentine and his wife Ursula. His latest musical project, with Glenn Tollett, is The Cormorant Tree, a tale of love, loss, deception and smuggling, set in the mid 19th century.

As an author Steve has twenty-two books to his name, including the critically acclaimed Five of the Few, Five of the Many, D-Day Bombers, Flightpath to Murder, and The Bomber Command Memorial. (More details of Steve’s books can be found on

In 2009 Steve founded Fighting High Publishing, which has now published over sixty books predominantly dealing with military aviation in the Second World War. Steve was asked to write and produce the official books for the Bomber Command Memorial, London, and the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.

Steve’s grandfather served as a Pathfinder pilot with Bomber Command during the Second World War, flying on 32 operations and becoming a prisoner-of-war. Steve has been writing, researching and publishing books on Second World War aviation for 20 years, and has met, interviewed and corresponded with more than one hundred Second World War RAF veterans. Steve is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and respected experts on the subject of the RAF in the Second World War.

Steve actively supports fundraising for military charities, most notably as an Ambassador for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and Steve was given the prestigious Special Recognition Award at the 2021 RAFBF Awards night. The RAFBF often call on Steve as a historical consultant, to appear on television, radio and podcasts, and provide website content for any RAF related anniversaries.