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FOR VALOUR:  THE AIR VCs., Bowyer, Chaz.
1 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.
2 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
 
 
3 Downey, Bob. V BOMBERS. WARBIRDS ILLUSTRATED NO. 35.
Arms and Armour Press, (London, 1985). 
72 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photos. "Valiant, Victor, Vulcan - names which conjure up visions of strange and graceful white shapes wheeling in the skies over Farnborough or thundering in groups of four from airfields in the east of England. They are listed here in alphabetical order, for, like the nation which ordered, built and operated them, I cannot decide quite which of them was the best. What is clear, with the hindsight bestowed after nearly thirty years of consistent service in the Royal Air Force, is that all three v-bombers were truly multi-role aircraft, capable of adaptation either in initial design or by subsequent reworking..." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small sticker pull at top of front cover causing surface paper loss. VG- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES., King, Peter.
4 King, Peter. KNIGHTS OF THE AIR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PIONEERS WHO FIRST BUILT BRITISH AEROPLANES.
University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1989. 
544 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0877452652 "(The) story of the men who spent their youth designing and building England's first flying-machines: the men who pioneered the British aircraft industry. Some of their airc raft have achieved immortality - the legendary Pup, Camel, Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. But of the men who designed and built them, men like Frederick Handley Page, Tommy Sopwith, George Holt Thomas and Geoffrey de Havilland, perhaps o n l y R o l ls and Royce are still household names. These pioneers of aviation development began to build their empires during Worl;d War I, although several of them crashed during the bleak period that followed. World War II revived their fortun es , as so me ho w they met the challenge of enormously increased production and helped save England from invasion. They tested the early jets and speedily built the first post-war jet airliner. But already they were making errors which would res ult i n b a nkr upt cie s, forced mergers and foreign takeovers. Peter King describes the knight in all their glamour, skill, idiosyncrasy, greed, flair and desire for power. Quotations from previously unpublished papers, from colleagues and cont empo rar ies, a nd f rom cust omers (governments, the British Air Force, commercial airlines) for the first time describe how wilful they could be, as well as how brilliantly enterprising and entertaining." Slight wrinkling at bottom of spine, min or so ilin g on bot tom o f te xt bl ock. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
OPERATION VICTOR SEARCH., Koster, Douglas A.  Dust jacket painting by J.A. Davies.
5 Koster, Douglas A. Dust jacket painting by J.A. Davies. OPERATION VICTOR SEARCH.
Terence Dalton, Lavenham, 1979. 
172 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0900963956 Map endpapers. B&w photographs, maps. "On the 20th August 1959 the prototype Victor Mark 2 bomber disappeared during flight trials over the Irish Sea. The captain of a coa ster bound from the Mersey to the Thames noticed a splash some eight miles away, when off the Pembrokeshire coast, reported it to Ilfracombe Radio Station and made a brief entry in the ship's log. From then on Operation Victor Search was und e r w a y . Controlled by H.M.S. Harrier it involved more than 40 ships and 4,000 men and women and was officially described as 'probably the greatest salvage operation of its type ever undertaken'. Those at sea toiled for long and arduous hours , of t en i n th e most atrocious weather, throughout a wild winter and much of the following year. When the final signal, 'Return to harbour - search complete' went out, the trawlers, backed by salvage vessels, had carried out more than 12,000 ha ul s a nd ne arl y 600 ,000 pieced of the missing Victor had been recovered. This represented 70 per cent of the aircraft and gave the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, enough information for them to be 'reasonably satisfied' that they kn ew the cau se o f th e acci dent." Light wrinkling at top of spine and small bump at top of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light edge wear, light rubbing, wrinkling along top edge, small closed tear at top of rear hinge - archivally taped. Very Good /Ve ry G ood- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
ENGLISH ELECTRIC/BAC LIGHTNING., Philpott, Bryan.
6 Philpott, Bryan. ENGLISH ELECTRIC/BAC LIGHTNING.
Patrick Stephens, Wellingborough, 1984, first edition. 
184 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850596874 B&w photographs, profiles. "First flown in 1957 and still in active service, the Lightning was the first supersonic aircraft designed and built in Britain. Setting new stan dards with its rate of climb and interception speed, and still in many ways unsurpassed, its excellent handling qualities earned it the affection of a generation of pilots. This book details the aircraft's development and success - and shows ho w , b ut for Government vacillation, the Lightning, with its great overseas sales' potential, could have revitalised the British military aircraft industry." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small area of surface paper loss at fore-edge of re ar en dpapers. Dust jacket has light rubbing, is price-clipped, minor edge wear, moderate wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds - light elsewhere, small tear at top of rear hinge - archivally taped. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE CENTRAL BLUE: RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS BY MARSHAL OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SIR JOHN SLESSOR., Slessor, John, Sir.
7 Slessor, John, Sir. THE CENTRAL BLUE: RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS BY MARSHAL OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SIR JOHN SLESSOR.
London Cassell 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- 
709 pp, 8 5/8" H. B&w photographs. "John Slessor joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 at the age of 18. Thirty-five years later he became Chief of the Air Staff, acknowledged to be one of the world's foremost military strategists. His service life began in an R.F.C. string-and-sealing wax biplane hunting Zeppelins; by 1925 he was in command of No. 4 Squadron at Farnborough; from 1930 to 1934 he was on the Directing Staff of the Army Staff College at Camberley; in 1941 he was in command of No. 5 Bomber Group; two years later, after being ACAS to Portal, he became Commander in Chief Coastal Command at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic. These were only some of the stepping stones in a career which took him to the head of his Service, but they are only a few of the appointments which covered so many branches of the Air Force in peace and war that, in recording his own experience, he tells also the story of the R.A.F." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear, moderate browning to pages and edges of text block, small corner bump on front board. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling; one or two tiny edge tears, 1 1/2" puckered tear (with old tape repair on inside) and a very small scuff on spine, light browning, light wrinkling at bottom flap-folds some light color bleed-through on inside of front panel and spine. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
LUFTWAFFE 1935-1945.  CAMOUFLAGE & MARKINGS PART 1., Wrobel, Jaroslaw.  With Janusz Ledwoch.
8 Wrobel, Jaroslaw. With Janusz Ledwoch. LUFTWAFFE 1935-1945. CAMOUFLAGE & MARKINGS PART 1.
A.J. Press / Books International, Farnborough, 1994. 
48 pp, 11 1/2" H, soft cover (stapled in card covers). ISBN 8386208082 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings (some scale), colour profiles. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small bump at bott om of spine, minor edge wear, small soft crease on rear cover, creases at top corner of front cover - migrates into first half of pages, soft creases at top corner of rear cover. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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