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1 'McScotch'. (Lt. William MacLanachan.) FIGHTER PILOT.
London George Routledge 1936 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
248 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs (some aerial), fold-out map at rear (collated). "This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving with one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honour of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, 'Mick' Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C." Faint erased pencil marks at top corner of free front endpaper. book is very slightly cocked, browning to edges of text block, a few faint soiling marks on top of text block ad at top of fore-edge of text block, small light bump to bottom corner of rear board, light wrinkling and very light wear at top/bottom of spine, slight fading/browning to spine color, 5" thin light rub/soiling mark down spine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
2 Baker, David WILLIAM AVERY 'BILLY' BISHOP. THE MAN AND THE AIRCRAFT HE FLEW.
Outline Press, London, (1990) 
127pp., lg 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 1871547075 Story of Canada's top scoring fighter pilot of World War I. In the ranks of allied air aces, Billy Bishop officially stands third, behind Frenchman Rene Fonck (75 victories), and Irishman Mic k Mannock (73 victories). As it is, he was the highest scoring Canadian and with 79 "unofficial" victories to his credit, may have been second only to the war's leading ace, Manfred von Richthofen. Interior - small area of water staining o n i n s i d e fore-edge of front cover, tiny crease at bottom edge of two pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small area of water staining on fore-edge of front cover, very minor edge wear, book is lightly c oc k ed , mi no r ru b bing. Very Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
AIRCRAFT OF THE LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER ACES I., Barbas, Bernd.  Dust jacket art by Steve Ferguson.
3 Barbas, Bernd. Dust jacket art by Steve Ferguson. AIRCRAFT OF THE LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER ACES I.
Schiffer, Atglen, PA, 1995. 
263 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 088740751X B&w photographic endpapers, profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, profiles. "Bernd Barbas' classic studies on the aircraft of the Luftwaffe fighter aces are pres ented now in expanded, revised and updated editions. Volume I covers: JG 1 Oesau; JG 2 Richthofen, JG 3 Udet, JG 4, JG 5 Eismeer, JG 6 Horst Wessel, JG 7 Nowotny, JG 11, JG 26 Schlageter, JG 27, JG 44, JG 51 Molders, and JG 52." Light wrinkl i n g a t top/bottom of spine, very small light bump at top corner of front board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of front hinge and front flap-fold. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I., Barker, Ralph.
4 Barker, Ralph. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I.
Robinson, London, (2002), reprint. 
507 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), soft cover. B&w photos. ISBN 1841194700 "...the compelling story of the vital role played by the pioneer pilots and observers of the Royal Flying Corps who served their apprenticeships in the unforgiving skies of Wor ld War I. The RFC took part in all the major battles from Mons to the Somme, from Bloody April 1917, when the airmen suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele, up to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive and o n t o the threshold of victory. Drawing from letters and diaries of the men who took part, Ralph Barker successfully recreates an overview of the battlegrounds from the menacing skies above France and brings fresh off the pages the exhilaration of a e ri al combat in the little open-cockpit biplanes. Risking their lives for their country, suffering the strain of low-level flying, the debility of the 'shakes', and the ever-present fear that they would not return from a mission, these brave y oun g men nevertheless enjoyed comradeship and a true sense of bonding, between pilots and ground mechanics, observers and gunners." Interior - place, date and initials in ink on title page; a few pages with tiny bump/creaseat bottom corner; other wise c lean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, fainr crease on spine, small corner crease on rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND:  THE STORY OF A NAVAL PILOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1916-1918., Bartlett, C.P.O., Squadron Leader.  Edited by his son, Nick Bartlett.
5 Bartlett, C.P.O., Squadron Leader. Edited by his son, Nick Bartlett. IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND: THE STORY OF A NAVAL PILOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1916-1918.
Leo Cooper, London, 1994, revised edition. 
159 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850523184 B&w photographs, diagram, map. "Philip Bartlett's account is a unique and fascinating record of a pilot's life in the dawn of aerial warfare and, as a history, of the first use of the bomber in war, strangely, by the Navy's aircraft. Flying by day and night alone, without navigational aids, the author moves from attacks on the U-boat bases to bombing the German Gothas as they prepared to raid London, and then to the s upport of Haig's drive to the coast which ended in the mud of Passchendaele. The climax in March, 1918, is reached when the author's squadron finds itself directly in the path of Ludendorff's massive thrust, which broke the British Vth Ar m y a n d n e a rly decided the War. Attacked by Richthofen's aces, No 5 Squadron RNAS flew continuous desperate missions against the advancing troops from aerodromes which were over-run time after time. At a time when the life of a pilot was re ck on e d in w e ek s, t he author flew 101 missions, enduring the rigours of flying without heat or oxygen, with hesitant engines, no parachutes and the attention of German fighters. Yet there is continual evidence of the pure joy of flying and won der a t the sh ee r b eau ty of the sky." Light browning to top edge of textblock, slight waviness to top/bottom edges of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top edge. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GREAT AMERICAN FIGHTER ACES., Bauer, Dan.
6 Bauer, Dan. GREAT AMERICAN FIGHTER ACES.
Motorbooks. Osceola, WI, 1992, first edition. 
192 pp, 10 5/8" H, soft cover. ISBN 0879385855 "(A) unique collection of biographies of twelve of the greatest and most interesting American fighter pilots of World War II. With the exception of Tom McGuire and Butch O'Hare - who were killed in a ction - these biographies (of John Alison, Charles MacDonald, Joe Foss, Tex Hill, Marion Carl, Jim Howard, Tom Blackburn, Jim Goodson, Perry Dahl, and Jerry Collinsworth) are based on extensive interviews with the aces and told largely in their w o r d s. Their recollections are vivid and their stories are fresh because these are the first detailed biographies of most of the aces. The interviews are illustrated with more than 140 photographs, many from the aces' personal collections, sho wi ng t he mselves during the war, their squadron mates, their aircraft, and the nose art and markings that made them stand out." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor rubbing. Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
7 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Very light browning to edges of textblock, tiny speck on top of textblock, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at top of spine, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
8 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight toning in margins of pages, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, light browning to spine, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FIGHTING AIRMAN: THE WAY OF THE EAGLE, Biddle, Charles J.
9 Biddle, Charles J. FIGHTING AIRMAN: THE WAY OF THE EAGLE
Doubleday, New York, (1968) 
289pp., 8vo (8 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos and drawings. "A genuine classic of air combat reportage - the exciting battle memoirs of an American ace in World War I! In this...true adventure story, one of (America's) earliest fl ying aces recreates the spectacle and drama of his flights with the French Air Service, the famed Lafayette Escadrille, and the U.S. Air Service...." Minor soiling on top of textblock, remainder spray on bottom of book, light wrinkling at b o t t o m o f spine, minor wear at corners. Dust jacket is price clipped, has moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom spine and flap-folds, a few small closed tears - some taped on inside, very light browning, two tiny foxing marks on s pi ne , th r ee s mall closed tears on front hinge, a few tiny scuffs. Very Good/Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
10 Bishop, Billy. (William.) Introduction by Stanley M. Ulanoff. WINGED WARFARE. THE ILLUSTRATED CLASSIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CANADIAN WORLD WAR I ACE BILLY BISHOP.
McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto, 1990, reprint. 
281 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 0075510243 B&w illustrations. "Billy Bishop enlisted as an infantryman at the outbreak of World War I. He soon transferred to the Royal Flying Corps where flying came as naturally to him as breathing. In this classic autobiography, Billy Bishop vividly recreates the early days when the 'airborne jalopy' was getting its trial run. He describes the tiny Nieuport Scout, armed with a single Lewis gun, in which he had to dodge the 'Archies' (ant i - a i r c r aft batteries) and fight the scarlet tri-winged Fokkers flown by the formidable Baron von Richthofen and his squadrons." Bishop was credited with 72 victories and was the recipient of every British decoration, including the Victoria C ro ss . I nt er io r - book slightly cracked at two places, tiny corner crease on last page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small soft creases to corners and fore-edges of covers, slight curl at fore-edge of fr ont co ve r, two li ght creases on spine, minor soiling and rubbing. Very Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
WINGED WARFARE.  (AIR COMBAT CLASSIC SERIES.), Bishop, William A., Lt. Col.  Edited, and with introduction by Stanley M. Ulanoff.
11 Bishop, William A., Lt. Col. Edited, and with introduction by Stanley M. Ulanoff. WINGED WARFARE. (AIR COMBAT CLASSIC SERIES.)
Arco, New York, 1981. Air Combat Classics reprint. 
281 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0668051620 B&w photographs, three-view diagrams. "Credited with seventy-two victories, Canadian ace Billy Bishop ranked fourth among Allied and German aces of World War I. Long out of prin t, this aviation classic has been expanded with new photographs and updated by supplementary material on First World War planes and pilots....(Bishop, who received every British decoration of valor, including the Victoria Cross) was also a sk i l l f u l writer and 'Winged Warfare' vividly recreates those early days - both comic and tragic - when the deadly 'airborne jalopy' was getting its trial run. He describes the dank, slimy and boggy mud that soured him on land combat. And the w ri ti ng c ra ck l es when (he) relives flying his Nieuport Scout, armed with a single Lewis gun. It was in this tiny plane that he dodged the 'Archies' (German anti-aircraft batteries and outfought and outmaneuvered the scarlet-winged Fokkers flo wn by Bar on von Ri ch thofen's formidable squadron. Here, too, are the joys and terrors of daily dogfights, a life of extraordinary contrasts. Complete with a chronology of World War I, Bishop's confirmed victories, airplanes flown by Bishop in Wor ld War I, list s by co untry of Allied and enemy aces, and aircraft specifications and data." Minor browning to fore-edge and top of text block, minor corner wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-fold s, a fe w ti ny edge tears , 2" soft crease on rear panel, very light browning. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF FRENCH MILITARY AVIATION., Christienne, Charles and Lissarague, Pierre.  Translated by Francis Kianka.
12 Christienne, Charles and Lissarague, Pierre. Translated by Francis Kianka. A HISTORY OF FRENCH MILITARY AVIATION.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1986, first American edition. 
531 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 874743109 B&w photographs, graphs, etc., colour plates. "(T)he first book to cover the entire history of military aviation in France. The authors spent several years examining the public a rchives of the Musee de l'Air, the Service Historique de l'Armee de l'Air, and the French National Assembly, among others. The result is a complete overview of French military aviation from the Fleurus balloon of 1794 to the modern Mirage 2000 j e t fighter. Focusing on the main points of each topic, (they) serve a wide general audience while at the same time providing accurate and essential points of departure for many avenues of research. Included among the numerous subject areas cov er ed a r e the use of dirigibles in World War I, the Free French Air Forces of World War II, the French Air Forces in Indochina, and French air power in the nuclear age. Such special topics as women in the French Air Force, Free French pilots in the RA F, fl ying aces, strategic bombing, and airplane purchases from the United States are treated in chapters following the chronological history. Published in English for the first time, (it) is profusely illustrated with twelve color and more tha n 40 0 b lac k and white plates. Military and aviation historians as well as buffs will welcome this handsome addition to any aviation library." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, 2" closed tear (taped) at b ottom of fron t hinge. Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
AIR WARFARE.  THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 20TH CENTURY CONFLICT., Cooksley, Peter G.
13 Cooksley, Peter G. AIR WARFARE. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 20TH CENTURY CONFLICT.
London Arms and Armour 1997 1854092235 / 9781854092236 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
287 pp, 10" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. "This compilation of facts, figures and accounts provides a comprehensive reference for students (of aviation) at all levels. They will find comments on the inventors and manufacturers, the planners and strategists, the daring test pilots and the combative fighter and bomber crews; they will be able to mark the impact of each avionic advance, trace how and why it came to be and the nature of its deployment; they will note the devotion of the leading nations to air power, as a means of securing the peace as well as winnng wars; they will be able to chart the epoch-making crews of von Richthofen's 'flying circus', of Britain's famous 'Few' in the Battle of Britain, of America's great aircraft manufacturing strength which enabled the Allies to carry the air war back to Germany, of hi-tech airborne weaponry which changed the face of war forever." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two remainder marks on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
14 Corn, Joseph J. THE WINGED GOSPEL: AMERICA'S ROMANCE WITH AVIATION, 1900-1950.
New York Oxford University Press 1983 0195033566 / 9780195033564 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
177 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(R)econstructs America's first era of manned flight and brings back to life the famous and less-known aviators who became the nation's heroes: Charles Lindberg, whose achievement was the great event of the 1920s - Amelia Earhart, one of the many women 'aces' (the aviation industry encouraged women because, as pilot Louise Thaden put it, 'If a woman can handle a plane, the public thinks it must be 'duck soup' for men.') - Calbraith P. Rogers, who made the first transcontinental flight, surviving a dozen crashes, a broken arm and collarbone, and a score of wounds caused by the metal fragments of an exploded engine - and many others. The book provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century - its aspirations and concerns - as expressed in the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology." Dust jacket has very minor edge browning. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
15 Delve, Ken, editor. Cliff Spink, J. Leland Atwood, Roger Freeman, Robert Rudhall, Jerry Scutts, Robert F. Dorr, Shlomo Aloni, Leslie Hicks. MUSTANG: THE P-51 AT WAR & PEACE. FLYPAST SPECIAL.
Stamford Key 1997 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
82 pp, 11 5/8" H (magazine format). Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, diagrams, profiles. Contents: The Operational Record; On Display; Restoring a Classic; Design Retrospective; Racing Mustangs; Long-legged Saviours; Survivors; Mustang Aces; TacR; Mustang data; Korean war Operations; Cable Cutters (Israeli Mustangs used to cut communications wires); Recce Test; Crazy Horse. Interior - small soft wrinkle at top corner of first and last page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - .very minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
16 Dezarrois, Andre, editor. Translated from the French by Philip John Stead. (Rene Mouchotte.) THE MOUCHOTTE DIARIES, 1940-1943.
London Staples Press 1956 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Fair 
221 pp, 8 3/4" H. Frontispiece. "This is the famous Rene who was transformed by three years of war from an unknown pilot of the Reserve into one of the great leaders of Free France in the air, Pierre Clostermann's hero and commanding officer. In 1940 Rene made his daring escape from Oran in an unserviceable plane seized from under the very noses of the authorities. This was a flight not away from danger, but into the thick of the Battle of Britain. He fought with the R.A.F. in Hurricanes and Spitfires, attacking enemy shipping, sweeping over France, giving air-cover to the Dieppe landing, duelling with the Luftwaffe. His exceptional courage and integrity, his powers of leadership and skill as an aerial tactician quickly won the admiration of his superiors. Rene's airborne career culminated at Biggin Hill where he commanded the fighter wing and it was he who shot down the 1,000th German plane recorded by the fighter group there shortly before his death. In the end, his greatest wish was granted, for he had written in his diary: 'If I am not to survive the war, let me at least have the satisfaction of falling to the enemy's fire'. The personal magnetism and sincerity of 'Commandant Rene' make (this) an original and valuable contribution to the literature of the war in the air." Small crease at top corner of pages 11 to 34, very light browning to free endpapers, very small light glue stain on free rear endpaper, tiny dent on fore-edge of pages 55 to 64 - tiny chip on page leaf 59/60, very light browning to top of text block, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor rubbing on rear board. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear with tiny tears at bottom of rear panel, rubbing on both panels and light soiling on rear panel; front panel has heavy creasing and tears at bottom edge, two small sticker removal marks at top, old tape on inside surface, creases/tears/scuffs/label marks have been blacked-out with bleed-through to inside surface. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
MACCHI MC 205 VELTRO., Di Terlizzi, Maurizio.  Illustrated by Mauro Ferri.
17 Di Terlizzi, Maurizio. Illustrated by Mauro Ferri. MACCHI MC 205 VELTRO.
Rome IBN 1997 8886815557 / 9788886815550 Soft Cover Very Good 
64 pp, 9 7/16" H. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, profiles, scale and other drawings. ***Bilingual text - Italian/English*** Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - one tiny soft corner crease, spine slightly twisted. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BRAVE YOUNG WINGS., Dodds, Ronald.
18 Dodds, Ronald. THE BRAVE YOUNG WINGS.
Stittsville, Ontario Canada's Wings 1980 0920002080 / 9780920002087 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Don Connolly, wraparound dust jacket art. 
293 pp + index, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "During the First World War, Canada never succeeded in forming her own air service. However, thousands of young Canadians served in the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps, and, later, the Royal Air Force, playing a part out of all proportion to their country's population. Here, then, is the story of these men - not just the famous 'aces' such as Bishop, Barker, and Collishaw (though they are here too) - but of the other fighter pilots, the men who flew bombers, the Zeppelin and U-boat hunters, the indispensible observation aircraft pilots, and their observers." Previous owner's bookplate on half-title pages - caused waviness to page, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, one tiny edge tear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE BRAVE YOUNG WINGS., Dodds, Ronald.  Dust jacket art by Don Connolly.
19 Dodds, Ronald. Dust jacket art by Don Connolly. THE BRAVE YOUNG WINGS.
Stittsville, Ontario Canada's Wings 1980 0920002080 / 9780920002087 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Don Connolly, wraparound dust jacket art. 
293 pp + index, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "During the First World War, Canada never succeeded in forming her own air service. However, thousands of young Canadians served in the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps, and, later, the Royal Air Force, playing a part out of all proportion to their country's population. Here, then, is the story of these men - not just the famous 'aces' such as Bishop, Barker, and Collishaw (though they are here too) - but of the other fighter pilots, the men who flew bombers, the Zeppelin and U-boat hunters, the indispensible observation aircraft pilots, and their observers." Book has very minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE AIR BATTLE FOR MALTA:  THE DIARIES OF A FIGHTER PILOT., Douglas-Hamilton, James.  Introduction by Laddie Lucas.
20 Douglas-Hamilton, James. Introduction by Laddie Lucas. THE AIR BATTLE FOR MALTA: THE DIARIES OF A FIGHTER PILOT.
Wrens Park, n.p., 2000, reprint. 
150 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0905778456 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "For both the Axis and Allied Powers, Malta was a vital key to victory - not only in the Mediterranean, but in North Africa and the Middle East as well. In this new edition of his highly-praised book....(the author) provides one of the most intriguing and realistic accounts of the struggle for possession of the island, a fight to the death which lasted two-and-a-ha l f y e a r s , during which time 14,000 tons of bombs were dropped on a defiant population. The book is largely based on the diaries of Lord David Douglas-Hamiton, the author's uncle, who was sent out to Malta as a Spitfire Squadron Leader at a ti me wh en t he i sl and was sustaining heavier bombing than London at the height of the Blitz, and the Axis forces were preparing for invasion. The author's scrupulous research, combined with his uncle's uniquely authoritative viewpoint, vivid ly rec r eat es the pe rio d, the comradeship and the grimness of life on the beleaguered island. The air battle, which was the second largest of the entire war, involved some of the most famous fighter aces of World War II, including 'Screwball' Beu rlin g and Lad die Luca s. The y all played a vital part in what proved to be one of the greatest defensive and strategic operations of all time, and their exploits, along with those of many others, are recorded here, a reminder of their indomit able spir it in the face of a ppa llin g odds." Minor bump at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine, 1" line of very tiny indentations on front panel. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
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