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1 SWINGING THE LEAD AND SPIKING HIS GUNS.
Castle, (Edison, New Jersey, 2002), Ist American edition. 
190 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0785816127 Reproductions of vintage b&w illustrations. "Drawing on the language of the fighting man throughout the ages, this A-Z collection of popular idioms and turns of phrase delves into the origin and evolution of expressions now used in common language which came into being on the battlefield, the gun-deck, and more recently, in the air....So to find out what it means to 'swear like a trooper', when something's 'gone for a Burton ' , b r o w se through this fascinating collection and discover the history of hundreds of similar words and phrases." Minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. Near Fine/Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I., Barker, Ralph.
2 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
 
 
JUNO:  CANADIANS AT D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944., Barris, Ted.  Foreword by John Keegan.
3 Barris, Ted. Foreword by John Keegan. JUNO: CANADIANS AT D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944.
Thomas Allen, Toronto, 2004. 
311 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0887621333 Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians - at sea, in the air, and on the ground - joined the long-anticipated D-Day inva sion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground on which the Canadian fought so hard against heavily armed and entrenched German troops was code-named 'Juno'. On that day, the Canadians fought their way farther inland t h a n any other Allied troops. For Canada, this was an extraordinary moment of bravery, sacrifice, and coming of age in the nation's history....(This book) tells the story of Juno in the voices of the men who were there - young farmers from Manit ob a an d Saskatchewan, fresh-faced high-school graduates from Ontario, workers from mines and factories in the Maritimes, and eager recruits from Quebec and Newfoundland....In what might be described as 'Canada's longest day', we join the action ho ur by ho ur, minute by minute. We take to the skies with the airmen who flew fighters and bombers over the beaches. We ply the Channel with the sailors who swept the waters of German mines and navigated landing craft to the French coast line . We go in wit h troops who leapt off those craft into waters bristling with booby-trapped obstacles and raked by machinegun fire to establish a foothold on Juno Beach. Ted Barris has interviewed hundreds of veterans to piece together one of Canada's pro udes t day s , and one of the most significant battles of our time." Minor wrinkle at top of spine; place, date and initials on one preliminary page. Dust jacket has minor wrinkle at top of spine. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS., Bashow, David L.  Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson.
4 Bashow, David L. Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson. ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS.
Stoddart, Toronto, 1996, first edition. 
384 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0773729763 B&w photographs. "From the Battle of France to the Normandy invasion, from the defence of Malta to victory in the Pacific, (young Canadian) airmen fought with great courage in all theatres of the war. Signing up in every province and territory, and serving with both the RAF and the RCAF, they flew many daring missions in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, Kittyhawks, Mustangs, Typhoons, and Mosquitos. (The author) tells the stories of Canada's fighter heroes, using their own wartime correspondence and later memoirs to capture the gripping atmosphere in the cockpit as they waged war in the air. Near-legendary names like Stocky Edwards, Buzz Beurling, and Moo s e F u m erton recount tales of fierce dog-fights, dramatic victories, and narrow escapes, as well as stories of squadron life, leave in London, budding romances, homesickness, and the tragic loss of cherished friends." Small bump at bottom of fr on t h in ge , small light soiling mark on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light rubbing, very light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two tiny edge tears archivally taped. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MOSQUITO TYPHOON TEMPEST AT WAR., Bowyer, Chaz, Reed, Arthur and Beamont, Roland.
5 Bowyer, Chaz, Reed, Arthur and Beamont, Roland. MOSQUITO TYPHOON TEMPEST AT WAR.
PRC, n.p., (1995), reprint. 
317 pp, 4to, 11 1/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1856482278 Profusely illus in b&w. Previously published in two separate volumes as 'Mosquito at War' and 'Typhoon and Tempest at War'. Minor wear on bottom of boards. Dust jacket has minor wear, minor wear/wrinkling at bottom of spine, small area of indentation on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
6 Bowyer, Chaz. FOR VALOUR: THE AIR VCs.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817577 / 9780948817571 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
548 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses awarded since 1856, only 51 have been conferred on airmen. "Here, for the first time, are the complete and accurate biographies of each of those 51 men. Though primarily regarded as a British honour, of those 51 airmen, 16 were not British-born; coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eire willingly to pledge their lives in Britain's cause during the two major world wars of this century. Resulting from several decades of private research on an international scale, and profusely illustrated, this book has undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject of air VCs. It also provides a lasting record of their lives and astonishing courage - a permanent tribute to every airman ever awarded a Victoria Cross." Very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light rubbing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
7 Bowyer, Chaz. FOR VALOUR: THE AIR VCs.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817577 / 9780948817571 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
548 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. Of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses awarded since 1856, only 51 have been conferred on airmen. "Here, for the first time, are the complete and accurate biographies of each of those 51 men. Though primarily regarded as a British honour, of those 51 airmen, 16 were not British-born; coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eire willingly to pledge their lives in Britain's cause during the two major world wars of this century. Resulting from several decades of private research on an international scale, and profusely illustrated, this book has undoubtedly become the standard reference work on the subject of air VCs. It also provides a lasting record of their lives and astonishing courage - a permanent tribute to every airman ever awarded a Victoria Cross." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top of spine and front flap-fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MOSQUITO AT WAR., Bowyer, Chaz.  Foreword by Max Aitken.
8 Bowyer, Chaz. Foreword by Max Aitken. MOSQUITO AT WAR.
Ian Allan, London, 1989, reprint. 
144 pp, 11 1/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0711004749 "From the outset the Mosquito was a daring concept. That an unarmed bomber, constructed almost wholly of wood and relying on pure speed, could evade the immensely powerful air defences of Nazi Germany by night, let alone by day, was completely against contemporary Air Force thinking and war experience. The result was an aircraft which became the most successful fighter and bomber of World War II. Extreme versatility led to i t s use in a wide range of operational roles - day and night bomber, night fighter, intruder, Pathfinder, shipbuster, bomber support, reconnaissance and a dozen others. Mosquitos served too in practically every theatre of war from Britain to Bur ma . I n this book the author has recaptured the unique appeal of the Mosquito to the fighting airmen of World War II and the high spirits and elan that distinguished Mosquito Squadrons everywhere. First-hand accounts of operations by the men who fl ew th e aircraft are illuminated by a remarkable collection of over 200 photographs. They depict the Mosquito in all its various guises and roles. They show, too, the patient, painstaking and frequently hazardous work of the ground crews who, for th eir pa rt, also shared in the Mosquito spirit." Book is cocked, very small tear (archivally taped) with crease at top of rear free endpaper. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor wear/light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and fla p-fol ds, ligh t r ubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
9 Chakovsky, A. (Alexander). THE LIGHT OF A DISTANT STAR.
Progress, Moscow, (1965), Ist English language printing. 
281 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket, integral ribbon bookmark. "This is the story of Vladimir Zavyalov, a young airman, and Olga, the girl he loves, who was reported missing in the war. Twelve years after the end of the war he comes across a picture of her in an illustrated magazine. In his efforts to find her, he encounters different people and becomes involved in various situations, and this search changes his entire life..." Light browning to endpapers, old price in pen on free rear endpaper, gift inscription on free front endpaper, foxing along top edge of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, corners slightly bumped. Dust jacket is 1/8" shorter in height than book, has light edge wear/wrinkling, light foxing, light soiling. Good/Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE ENEMY IS LISTENING.  THE STORY OF THE Y SERVICE., Clayton, Aileen.  Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier.
10 Clayton, Aileen. Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier. THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. THE STORY OF THE Y SERVICE.
Crecy 1993 0947554289 / 9780947554286 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
381 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "The story is told by Aileen Clayton who was selected to work with the Y-Service, the branch of the RAF responsible for the interception of enemy communications, at the beginning of the war. Known at the time as 'Mike' Morris, she was the first WAAF to be commissioned as an intelligence officer and was the first to be awarded the MBE for her service in this field. Her account of the development of the Y-Service and its activities in the Battle of Britain, in the Western Desert, the Middle East and the Mediterranean is a major contribution to our knowledge of the intelligence aspects of the Second World War. It is also the dramatic and frequently moving story of a very young woman doing often dangerous and increasingly complex work in what was then very much a man's world, and of a body of talented, devoted and courageous men and women whose work frequently took them into front line conditions, whether they were suffering aerial bombardment on the South Coast of England, or advancing with the tanks in the Western Desert, or taking part in the landings at Salerno and Anzio. Because of the secrecy in which their work was shrouded during the war and for years afterwards their contribution to the Allied war effort has gone largely unrecognised. (This) is finally and above all a tribute by a remarkable woman to a tenacious and gifted band of men and women." A line of very small creases on front free endpaper, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two corner creases on rear flap, rubbing on panels, three timy edge tears. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
11 Collins, Robert. THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL: AN ORDINARY AIRMAN'S WAR.
Prairie Books, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, (1986). 
134 pp, lg 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888331878 An open-hearted account of what it was like for a prairie farm boy to move into wartime air force life. It is not a book of heroes, but rather a memoir of growing up in uniform . Like thousands of others who served far from the glory of the battlefield, Collins' experience was the war of the ordinary airman. A very readable book! Very light browning to pages, light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket ha s w e a r and wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small ghost sticker mark on front panel. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
12 Cooksley, Peter G. AIR WARFARE. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 20TH CENTURY CONFLICT.
Arms and Armour, (London, 1997). 
287 pp, small 4to, HC in dust jacket. Profusely illus. in b&w with maps and photos. "This compilation of facts, figures and accounts provides a comprehensive reference for students at all levels who will be caused, by the focus of the century's en d, to assess the impact of aircraft and airmen on the wars of the last hundred years." Remainder mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edgewear, slight creasing at bottom of spine. This is a new, unread book. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
13 Cooksley, Peter G. VCs OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE AIR VCs.
Wrens Park 1999 0905778340 / 9780905778341 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
204 pp, 9 7/8" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, drawings. "Of more than 600 Victoria Crosses awarded to British and Empire servicemen during the First World War, nineteen were awarded to airmen of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Of these, four were posthumous awards and all but one of the total were for officers. Some of these valorous airmen were from humble backgrounds and with limited education, others were collegiate men from wealthy families, but in the words of one senior officer they all had in common 'the guts of a lion'. (This book provides fascinating insights into the lives of these bravest of the brave, and of the circumstances in which they won their country's highest award for valour." Clean bright copy. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CANADA'S FIGHTING PILOTS., Cosgrove, Edmund.  Introduction by Brick Billing.  Preface by Air Marshal Hugh Campbell.
14 Cosgrove, Edmund. Introduction by Brick Billing. Preface by Air Marshal Hugh Campbell. CANADA'S FIGHTING PILOTS.
Golden Dog Press, Ottawa, 2003, new edition. 
168 pp, 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 0919614973 B&w photographs. "Recounts the lives of Canada's outstanding pilots and their exploits in the two world wars. From the brilliant individualists who flew in the First World War to the tough and dedicated bomber crews of the Second, this is the story of Canada's airmen and their remarkable contribution to the war effort. An essential book for any aviation and history enthusiast, the superbly readable original text that made this book a classic in it s day is now supplemented with new and unpublished photos. Gathered together here are the stories of some of Canada's most celebrated pilots. William 'Billy' Bishop, whose daring, solo dawn raid on a German airfield won him the Victoria Cros s ; W i l liam Barker, who fought single-handedly an entire squadron of enemy aircraft; George 'Buzz' Beurling, the ace of Malta who achieved a remarkable score of victories fighting from an island under siege; and Andrew Mynarski, whose attempts t o sa v e th e life of a trapped comrade, high over Germany, ultimately cost him his own. This is their unforgettable story." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, minor rubbing, one tiny corner c re ase . V ery G ood+ 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
IN ENEMY HANDS:  CANADIAN PRISONERS OF WAR, 1939-45., Dancocks, Daniel G.
15 Dancocks, Daniel G. IN ENEMY HANDS: CANADIAN PRISONERS OF WAR, 1939-45.
Hurtig, Edmonton, (1983). 
303 pp, 8vo, Hardcover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888302401 B&w photos. "There were more than nine thousand Canadians taken prisoner during World War II. Here, in their own words, are the stories of 165 of them - soldiers, airmen, sailors, captured i n Europe and the Far East and imprisoned in camps in Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and Japan. Forty years after the event, they retell their remarkable adventures." Light old tape marks on free end papers, previous owner's name on free front e n d p a p e r, light dust staining/foxing on top of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, slight waviness at edges, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
A LEAP IN THE DARK:  A WELSH AIRMAN'S ADVENTURES IN OCCUPIED EUROPE., Davies, James Arthur.
16 Davies, James Arthur. A LEAP IN THE DARK: A WELSH AIRMAN'S ADVENTURES IN OCCUPIED EUROPE.
London Leo Cooper 1994 0850523141 / 9780850523140 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good Max Schindler, wraparound dust jacket art. 
170 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. Jim Davies' story of being shot down over Holland in World War II, of evading capture with the help of the Dutch Resistance, only to be betrayed in the end by a double agent. Sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland, he later assumed that he would be liberated by the Russians at the end of the war, but the Germans took the prisoners with them as they retreated. "(A)n inspiring story of great courage and self-sacrifice in the face of appalling hardship and constant danger." Minor wrinkle at top/bottom of spine, approx. 4" x 1/2" uneven piece missing from margin of page 39/40 - manufacturing flaw - not affecting text. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A LEAP IN THE DARK:  A WELSH AIRMAN'S ADVENTURES IN OCCUPIED EUROPE., Davies, James Arthur.
17 Davies, James Arthur. A LEAP IN THE DARK: A WELSH AIRMAN'S ADVENTURES IN OCCUPIED EUROPE.
London Leo Cooper 1994 0850523141 / 9780850523140 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ Max Schindler, wraparound dust jacket art. 
170 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. Jim Davies' story of being shot down over Holland in World War II, of evading capture with the help of the Dutch Resistance, only to be betrayed in the end by a double agent. Sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland, he later assumed that he would be liberated by the Russians at the end of the war, but the Germans took the prisoners with them as they retreated. "(A)n inspiring story of great courage and self-sacrifice in the face of appalling hardship and constant danger." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
18 Donohue, Thomas and Donohue, Sylvia. With assistance from Thomas Brockehian. BORN LUCKY OR UNLUCKY.
Rutledge, Danbury, CT, (1998). 
203 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "...the exciting story of one brave man's experiences during World War II...From the moment the reader meets Tom Donohue, as a young tractor trailer driver in the Bronx, it is apparent that one day this will be a man with whom to reckon. The story then travels southward and the reader gets the opportunity to journey side by side with Tom as he makes his way through Air Force training in places like Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, before being sent to Europe as a flight engineer and upper gunner. Then, in Europe, the reader witnesses the adventures, both in the air and on the ground, in such breathtaking and historic locales as Great Britain and Berlin, before the story finally returns Tom back home to the States, a war hero." Dust jacket has very minor rubbing. NF/NF 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL AIR FORCE.  THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE.  VOLUME II (2 - TWO)., Douglas, W.A.B.
19 Douglas, W.A.B. THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL AIR FORCE. THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. VOLUME II (2 - TWO).
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1986. 
797 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. ISBN 0802025846 Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps (some fold-out). "From a small militia organization the Canadian air force had grown by 1945 into one of the country's three major autonomous military services. In this second volume of the RCAF's official history, covering the years from 1918 to 1945, W.A.B. Douglas chronicles the force's rapid growth and provides a vivid portrait of the Battle of the At lantic as it was fought from the eastern shores of Canada. Military necessity had brought Canada into the air age. In the peaceful 1920s, civil more than military concerns governed the shape, size, and functions of the RCAF; in the followi n g d e c a d e the rise of international tensions forced the service to concentrate on its military role. During the Second World War the RCAF grew from a few hundred airmen to a force of some eighty squadrons and nearly a quarter of a million pe op le . RC AF s qu adrons, wings, and groups took their place beside other Allied air forces in many theatres of the Second World War, and in the process acquired capabilities in virtually every phase of air warfare. The roots of the RCAF's growi ng rep ut a tio n i n o ver seas theatres, especially in the Northwest Europe campaign, were to be found at home. Responsible for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada, the RCAF trained large numbers of other Commonwealth and Allied air men as we ll a s Ca nadi ans. Charged with the air defence of Canada, it built up a big Home War Establishment which fought on the Pacific Coast and also played a significant part in the defeat of enemy attempts to destroy Allied shipping, par ticu larl y i n t he Ba ttle of th e Atl antic. The latter was a crucial role, sustaining Great Britain and the Allied forces in Europe. Directed from headquarters at Halifax, aircraft of Eastern Air Command ranged from the St Lawrence River to mi d-oce an, u ltim atel y thwa rting Germa n U-bo ats that nearly severed the North Atlantic under British Command. Douglas's account is the first to give proper credit to the RCAF for the part it played in these operations. It also incorporates ne w info rmatio n on perso nalitie s, tec hnology , and i ntelligence." A heavy volume which may require extra postage. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small area of color loss on front board, very light edge wear to boards. Dust jacke t has l ight ed ge we ar/wri nkling w ith a f ew tiny closed t ears, light fading to spine color, light browning at top edge of flaps, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 70.00 USD
 
 
ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND., Emmott, Norman.  Inscribed.
20 Emmott, Norman. Inscribed. ONE FOOT ON THE GROUND.
Lugus, Toronto, 1992. 
257 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 0921633017 B&w photographs. INSCRIBED ON HALF TITLE PAGE: "BEST WISHES TO ___ ___ - A VALUED FRIEND, NORMAN EMMOTT 1993". "A memoir of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force beginning in 1937, as ground crew. Continuing as a navigator in bomber command, flying over Germany, the author survived to continue his career in Canada at bush stations, in Ottawa, and as an exchange officer in the United States. After leaving the Air Force, the author work ed in the aerospace industry. (His) story of bravery and heroism is told with self-deprecating wit and sincere appreciation of the efforts of his fellow airmen." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor e d g e w ear, faint rub lines on covers, slight soiling on edges on text block. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
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