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2 GROUP R.A.F.  A COMPLETE HISTORY, 1936-1945.  (RAF), Bowyer, Michael J.F.
1 Bowyer, Michael J.F. 2 GROUP R.A.F. A COMPLETE HISTORY, 1936-1945. (RAF)
Somerton, Somerset Crecy 1992 0947554254 / 9780947554255 Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
532 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2' H). B&w photographs, maps. "No. 2 Group was formed in Bomber Command to support the Army. After equipping with Blenheims it specialized in daylight operations. It engaged in the first raid of the war. After taking part in the Norweigan campaign, it was thrown into the struggle to save France. Heavy losses ensued during operations demanding great courage. A hazardous anti-shipping campaign took the Group to Malta. Night intruder operations were made against airfields, and fighter-escorted attacks on Occupied Territory continued until the 1944 Allied landings in France, where support to the invasion was subsequently given and an effective night interdictor campaign carried out. The Group mounted many spectacular operations, particularly when using Mosquitoes. This is indeed a story of immense courage. Based upon records maintained by Royal Air Force Commands, Groups and Squadrons together with personal accounts by those who flew with the Group, the book gives a detailed day-by-day picture of operations, their planning and execution, illustrated with detailed maps. Appendices give plentiful details of the aircraft, the squadrons and the Group's wartime effort." Three small dints on rear board, light rubbing. Dust jacket has three small dints on rear panel, large crease at top corner of rear flap/panel, light edge wrinkling, one tiny closed tear, light rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
2 GROUP R.A.F.  A COMPLETE HISTORY, 1936-1945.  (RAF), Bowyer, Michael J.F.
2 Bowyer, Michael J.F. 2 GROUP R.A.F. A COMPLETE HISTORY, 1936-1945. (RAF)
Somerton, Somerset Crecy 1992 0947554254 / 9780947554255 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
532 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2' H). B&w photographs, maps. "No. 2 Group was formed in Bomber Command to support the Army. After equipping with Blenheims it specialized in daylight operations. It engaged in the first raid of the war. After taking part in the Norweigan campaign, it was thrown into the struggle to save France. Heavy losses ensued during operations demanding great courage. A hazardous anti-shipping campaign took the Group to Malta. Night intruder operations were made against airfields, and fighter-escorted attacks on Occupied Territory continued until the 1944 Allied landings in France, where support to the invasion was subsequently given and an effective night interdictor campaign carried out. The Group mounted many spectacular operations, particularly when using Mosquitoes. This is indeed a story of immense courage. Based upon records maintained by Royal Air Force Commands, Groups and Squadrons together with personal accounts by those who flew with the Group, the book gives a detailed day-by-day picture of operations, their planning and execution, illustrated with detailed maps. Appendices give plentiful details of the aircraft, the squadrons and the Group's wartime effort." Book is Fine. Dust jacket is clean and bright. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
3 Coffey, Thomas M. DECISION OVER SCHWEINFURT: THE U.S. 8th AIR FORCE BATTLE FOR DAYLIGHT BOMBING.
David McKay, New York, 1977, book club edition. 
341 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, map. "(D)escribes moment by moment (the) August 17, 1943 raid as well as the second Schweinfurt mission, October 14, 1943 - the two most savage battles in the history of air warf are. It also describes day by day the lives and deaths of the men on both sides who faced each other not only in these but in other epic battles. Yet (this) is more than the story of the two famous Schweinfurt missions: it is also the story o f t h e development of the U.S. 8th Air Force in England, and the most crucial combat tests of the American daylight precision bombing strategy. Citing hundreds of previously unpublished documents, the book reveals for the first time the full s tr ug g le t o establish this daring American strategy against the conviction of many authoritative people that it would not work. These people included British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, all his air experts, and many generals and admiral s in the U .S. Ar my and Navy....American and British strategists were arguing this issue when, in February, 1942, Brig, Gen. Ira C. Eaker and his staff arrived in England to create the 8th Bomber Command. When Eaker launched the first great Sch we inf urt mis sion eig hte en months later, the matter was still undecided. Could the B-17s battle their way through the waves of Luftwaffe fighters and destroy the Schweinfurt factories? Or would the bombers be turned back, exposing the America n A ir F orce s st rateg y as a di smal failure? This was the issue that produced the crucial decision over Schweinfurt." Slight bump at corners of boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump at top edge of rear board and very small bump at t op ed ge of fron t boar d. D ust j acket has wrinkling and light wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, slight browning to spine and flap-folds. Good+/Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
B-24 LIBERATOR UNITS OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE.  OSPREY COMBAT AIRCRAFT SERIES 15., Dorr Robert F.  Series editor: Tony Holmes.
4 Dorr Robert F. Series editor: Tony Holmes. B-24 LIBERATOR UNITS OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE. OSPREY COMBAT AIRCRAFT SERIES 15.
Osprey, Oxford, 1999. 
96 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1855329018 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs and scale drawings, colour profiles. "The B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers than any other US warplane, yet its combat crews live, even today, in th e shadow of the less plentiful, but better-known, B-17. Accounts of the 'Mighty Eighth' in Europe, and indeed many of the books and films that emerged from the greatest air campaign in history, often overlook the B-24, even though it was in a c t i o n for as long as the Flying Fortress, and participated in just as many perilous daylight bombing missions. Twenty-one bomb groups saw action with the Eighth from 9 October 1942 through to VE-Day, operating both from airfields in the 'bombe r tr ia ng le ' in East Anglia, and North Africa. Providing an overview of Eighth AF B-24 operations, this volume is the second of four within this series chronicling the role of the Liberator in World War 2." Interior - clean and tight with no p re vio us own ers hi p marks. Exterior - A few faint line indentation as a two faint rub marks on front cover. Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
B-29 SUPERFORTRESS UNITS OF THE KOREAN WAR.  OSPREY COMBAT AIRCRAFT 42., Dorr, Robert F.
5 Dorr, Robert F. B-29 SUPERFORTRESS UNITS OF THE KOREAN WAR. OSPREY COMBAT AIRCRAFT 42.
Osprey, Oxford, 2003, first edition. 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 1841766542 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, technical drawings, color profiles, nose art. "....chronicles the story of a majestic four-engined bomber of the propeller era flying perilous co mbat missions against a sleek, nimble aeroplane of the jet age, the Soviet MiG-15. A 'very heavy' bomber and a sky giant during World War 2 (at that time the B29 was the world's most advanced combat aircraft), it had been reclassified as a ' m e d i u m ' bomber by the time North Korea attacked its sourthern neighbour in 1950. Many of its crew members had fought their war and settled down to raise families and begin careers - only to be recalled to fight another war on a distant As i an p en in su la . A n irreverent bunch, they painted their B-29s in elaborate colour schemes. Historians have long been intrigued by the unique war they fought, pitting their big and vulnerable bomber against a veritable fleet of MiG-15s. Cra mm ed ful l o f f irs t-h an d a ccounts, profile artwork and action photographs, this volume graphically details the war fought by the B-29 crews in the deadly skies over North Korea, both during daylight and hours of darkness." Interior - # 0 wri tte n i n in k at top of firs t p age, small soft small crease at top corner of first 40 pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small soft crease at top corner of front cover. VG 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
IN HELL BEFORE DAYLIGHT: THE SIEGE AND STORMING OF THE FORTRESS OF BADAJOZ, 16 MARCH TO 6 APRIL 1812., Fletcher, Ian.
6 Fletcher, Ian. IN HELL BEFORE DAYLIGHT: THE SIEGE AND STORMING OF THE FORTRESS OF BADAJOZ, 16 MARCH TO 6 APRIL 1812.
Baton Press, Tunbridge Wells, 1984, first edition. 
135 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0859361551 B&w photographs, drawings, reproductions, plans. "....deals with the storming of Badajoz, an epic action of the Peninsular War, which involved Wellington's infantry in some of the most savage hand-to-hand fighting of the whole Peninsular period. At appalling cost, in a nightmare battle which lasted throughout the night of the 6th April 1812, they hacked their way over the bodies of their dead and through the forbiddin g medieval walls, which were held with great courage and skill by a brave French and German garrison. Having successfully stormed the breaches, the battle-crazed army went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which followed, as much as t h e s u b l i m e courage of the attackers, have passed into legend. This account, drawn wholly from the vivid descriptions of the officers and common soldiers who fought at Badajoz, is the first to be written exclusively about the siege, the st or mi ng , a nd t he s ho cking events which followed." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, faint erased pencil check marks on the two bibliography pages, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has ver y l igh t e dg e w rin kli ng, mi nor edge wear, minor rubbing. VG+/VG 
Price: 38.00 USD
 
 
THE CONSPIRATORS., Gibbons, Scott.
7 Gibbons, Scott. THE CONSPIRATORS.
Howard Baker, London, (1967), Ist British edition. 
192 pp, small 8vo, HC in dust jacket. "...Gamal Abdel Nasser, self-professed champion on the Arabs, but actually their worst enemy: the man who has been directly responsible for the gassing, the mutilation, the killing in action and the plain bloo dy murder of more of his so-called Arab brothers than any individual of any nation in the whole of this century. This book tells his story - and many others never before revealed. It is full of facts dragged out into daylight by a newpape r m a n o n t he spot; history observed as it really happened; the up-to-the-minute truth about recent events in the Middle East, uncensored...." Old price in pen at top and small ink smudge at bottom of free front endpaper, light edgewear to boa rd s, l ig h t du st staining to top of textblock. Dust jacket has light edgewear, moderate rubbing, tiny tear at top of rear flap fold. VG-/G+ 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
WINGS OF NIGHT:  THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC., Hamilton, Alexander.
8 Hamilton, Alexander. WINGS OF NIGHT: THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC.
Crecy 1993 0947554343 / 9780947554347 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "Charles Pickard joined the Royal Air Force before the outbreak of World War II, and at the beginning of hostilities was posted to No.99 Bomber Squadron and was later to command the Czech 311 Squadron. He took part in the Bruneval raid, and came to the forefront of public attention when he starred as 'F for Freddie' in 'Target for Tonight', a film made to illustrate the operational role of the bomber. His secret missions began when he was posted to RAF Tempsford, the jumping off ground for the SOE operations from where, as a Lysander pilot, his sorties took him deep into enemy territory at night to drop secret agents and supplies. Time after time he demonstrated his extraordinary ability for night flying but, ironically, was killed while taking a prominent part in the famous daylight raid on the prison at Amiens." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, light rubbing, irregular light line indentation on front panel, two tiny pin holes on front flap-fold. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
WINGS OF NIGHT:  THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC., Hamilton, Alexander.
9 Hamilton, Alexander. WINGS OF NIGHT: THE SECRET MISSIONS OF GROUP CAPTAIN CHARLES PICKARD, DSO AND TWO BARS, DFC.
Crecy 1993 0947554343 / 9780947554347 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "Charles Pickard joined the Royal Air Force before the outbreak of World War II, and at the beginning of hostilities was posted to No.99 Bomber Squadron and was later to command the Czech 311 Squadron. He took part in the Bruneval raid, and came to the forefront of public attention when he starred as 'F for Freddie' in 'Target for Tonight', a film made to illustrate the operational role of the bomber. His secret missions began when he was posted to RAF Tempsford, the jumping off ground for the SOE operations from where, as a Lysander pilot, his sorties took him deep into enemy territory at night to drop secret agents and supplies. Time after time he demonstrated his extraordinary ability for night flying but, ironically, was killed while taking a prominent part in the famous daylight raid on the prison at Amiens." Book is Near Fine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of rear flap - very minor edge/wrinkling wear elsewhere, very light rubbing, an area of printing ink smudges on inside surface. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD.  THE WORLD WAR I DIARIES AND LETTERS OF W. STULL HOLT., Holt, W. Stull.  Edited by Maclyn P. Burg and Thomas J. Pressly.
10 Holt, W. Stull. Edited by Maclyn P. Burg and Thomas J. Pressly. THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE WORLD WAR I DIARIES AND LETTERS OF W. STULL HOLT.
Manhattan, Kansas Sunflower University Press 1999 0897452224 / 9780897452229 Soft Cover Near Fine 
328 pp, 8vo, (9" H). B&w photographs, maps. "W. Stull Holt was 20 years old when he sailed for France in late March 1917 to join the American Ambulance Field Service. His patriotism, idealism, and desire for adventure had motivated him to volunteer just weeks before the U.S. declared war against Germany in April 1917. Holt ardently supported the war effort, and when his six-month contract with the AAFS was completed, he enlisted in the American Air Service where he won his pilot's wings, then applied for observer training. Holt was assigned as an observer-bombardier-gunner with the famed 20th Aero Squadron of the American 1st Daylight Bombardment Group, which dropped more bombs than any other American squadron at the front in World War I. He served near Verdun during the French summer offensive of 1917 where he was gassed; he later was awarded the French 'Croix de Guerre'." Very minor edge wear on covers. 
Price: 24.50 USD
 
 
11 Holt, W. Stull. Edited by Maclyn P. Burg and Thomas J. Pressly. THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE WORLD WAR I DIARIES AND LETTERS OF W. STULL HOLT.
Manhattan, Kansas Sunflower University Press 1999 0897452224 / 9780897452229 Soft Cover Very Good 
328 pp, 8vo, (9" H). B&w photographs, maps. "W. Stull Holt was 20 years old when he sailed for France in late March 1917 to join the American Ambulance Field Service. His patriotism, idealism, and desire for adventure had motivated him to volunteer just weeks before the U.S. declared war against Germany in April 1917. Holt ardently supported the war effort, and when his six-month contract with the AAFS was completed, he enlisted in the American Air Service where he won his pilot's wings, then applied for observer training. Holt was assigned as an observer-bombardier-gunner with the famed 20th Aero Squadron of the American 1st Daylight Bombardment Group, which dropped more bombs than any other American squadron at the front in World War I. He served near Verdun during the French summer offensive of 1917 where he was gassed; he later was awarded the French 'Croix de Guerre'." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, very small area of color loss at top corner of front cover. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND., Macdonald, George.
12 Macdonald, George. AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND.
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1909 Later Printing Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket Maria L. Kirk. 
352 pp, 8 1/8" H. Red cloth with black lettering on spine, gilt lettering and black illustration on front board, top edge brown. 12 colour plates (including frontispiece) - collated. B&w head- and tail-pieces. Orange & white pictorial endpapers. The North Wind is not pleased when a little boy, Diamond, tries to block the holes that let her into his hayloft bedroom - so they come to an agreement that sees her take him on adventures during the night. An allegorical tale of good & evil, poverty, ethics, life & death. Very small gift inscription on verso of free front endpaper, very light toning in margins of pages, very small crease at top edge of page leaf 119/120, light fading to spine colour, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spne, light browning on edges of text block - darker on top, scattered very light insect damage to edges of text block, two minor corner bumps, light loss of colour at fore-edge of rear board, two small liquid stains on front board, light soiling on boards. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
DAYLIGHT UPON MAGIC:  THE ROYAL TOUR OF CANADA - 1939., MacDonnell, Tom.
13 MacDonnell, Tom. DAYLIGHT UPON MAGIC: THE ROYAL TOUR OF CANADA - 1939.
Macmillan, Toronto, (1989). 
292 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771592299 B&w photos. "The torrent of emotion and activity that swept across Canada during the preparations for the 1939 Royal Tour caught Lord Tweedsmuir, Canada's Governor-General, by surprise. At that time, Canada had not completely emerged from the Depression and a second world war was plainly on the horizon. The Royal Tour was a chance to forget all the gloom and throw a party nationwide. Everybody wanted to come..." Queen Elizabeth (th e Queen Mother), charmed everyone, beginning in Ottawa when she stepped away from officials for the first royal walkabout. Minor browning to edges of boards, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, previous owner's place, date and signature in ink o n half-title page. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at bottom of spine and slight wrinkling at top/bottom of flap-folds, light rubbing, slight edge browning. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SPITFIRE RCW.  THE WARTIME EXPLOITS OF WING COMMANDER ROYCE CLIFFORD WILKINSON, O.B.E., D.F.M. & BAR, C. de G. (FRANCE)., Nelson, Kenneth James.  (Royce Clifford Wilkinson.)
14 Nelson, Kenneth James. (Royce Clifford Wilkinson.) SPITFIRE RCW. THE WARTIME EXPLOITS OF WING COMMANDER ROYCE CLIFFORD WILKINSON, O.B.E., D.F.M. & BAR, C. de G. (FRANCE).
Canada Self-published, 1994 0969862504 / 9780969862505 First Edition. Hard Cover Fine Fine 
156 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "(B)y time and chance Wilkie (Royce Clifford Wilkinson) was to be involved in some of the greatest events in the twentieth century. He flew in the great air battles over France and Britain with No.1's and 3 (F) Squadrons, and was credited with destroying 9 2/3 enemy aircraft in one week. He helped form two American 'Eagle' Squadrons No.'s 71 and 121 and formed the first Hurricane fighter/bomber Squadron No.174. When shot down in 1942 he baled out at about 150 feet and made his escape through France and Spain to Gibralter, going almost everywhere by train and car in broad daylight, and in his own words 'I had a lovely time'. He formed one of the Mobile Airfields of 2nd. TAF for the invasion of Europe in 1944 and in the Pacific he led the longest Spitfire raid of the war, a four hour fifty minute flight from Darwin, Australia to Timor Island and back, without loss. He always led from the front and was highly decorated being awarded the O.B.E., D.F.M. and Bar, Croix de Guerre." 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
MESSERSCHMITT Bf 110 ZERSTORER ACES OF WORLD WAR 2.  OSPREY AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 25., Weal, John.
15 Weal, John. MESSERSCHMITT Bf 110 ZERSTORER ACES OF WORLD WAR 2. OSPREY AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 25.
Osprey, Oxford, 1999, first edition. 
104 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1855327538 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, colour plates. "Although the Messerschmitt's single-engined Bf 109 received most of the plaudits for achieving virtual air superiority over Europe in 1939-40, the exploits of the manufacturer's twin-engined Bf 110 Zerstorer in the first years of the war also make for impressive reading. Acting as the 'main spearhead' of the Luftwaffe, the Zerstorergeschwader committed to the invasion of P o l a nd swiftly brushed aside the Polish Air Force in a matter of days. This success continued until the spring of 1940, when the first RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes were encountered in significant numbers following the launch of the Blitzkrieg i n We st er n Europe. From that point on, Bf 110 crews had to fight for their lives. Only in the Balkans and far flung North Africa in 1941 did the Bf 110 enjoy an 'Indian summer' in the daylight fighter role. Despite is obsolescence, the aircraft c ont inu ed to perform as a heavy fighter, particularly in 1943-44 as USAAF heavy bomber formations raided Germany on a daily basis. Featuring the exploits of Ju 88 and Me 410 pilots as well as Bf 110 crews, this volume is the first of its type t o b e de vote d e xclusively to Zerstorer day fighter aces, and spans the war years from Poland to the Defence of the Reich." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - one tiny corne crease and one small soft crease o n fr ont c over. Ve ry Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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