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1 PILOT'S AND FLIGHT ENGINEER'S NOTES - LANCASTER I, III & X. MARK I - FOUR MERLIN XX, 22 OR 24 ENGINES. MARK III & X - FOUR MERLIN 28 OR 38 ENGINES.
St. Annes on Sea, Lancashire Air Data Publications Facsimile Reprint Stapled in Wraps Good+ 
46 pp, 7 1/2" H. Facsimile reprint of the Air Ministry, May 1944, publication. Blue card covers with black lettering/illustration on front cover. B&w frontispiece (Lancaster), 3 fold-outs (6 figures - Instrument panel / Port side of cockpit / Flight engineer's panel, Lancasters I & III / Flight egineer's panel, Lancaster X / Simplified fuel system diagram - Pulsometer pumps / Simplified fuel system diagram - Immersed pumps). Section headings: Descriptive Introduction; Fuel and Oil Systems; Main Services; Aircraft Controls; Engine Controls; Other Controls; Handling; Operating Data; Emergencies; Supplementary Notes for Flight Engineers; Illustrations and Location of Controls. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of covers on top of text block and on spine; minor edge wear; tiny soft crease at top corner of rear cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 SO MANY: A FOLIO DEDICATED TO ALL WHO SERVED WITH RAF BOMBER COMMAND, 1939-45.
Macmillan, [Toronto], (1995). 
276 pp, folio, HC. "The central theme is the courage of thousands of men - most of them from ordinary backgrounds in Britain and the Empire, but including important groups from countries overrun by Germany - who survived one of the most severe and prolonged periods of physical danger and mental strain any group of people has ever been asked to bear. Over 55,500 of them were killed. The principal content allocates ten pages to each of 25 aircrew, who, often straight from school, served as pi lots, navigators, bomb-aimers, signallers, flight engineers and air gunners in Bomber Command in World War 2. Each has a biography, a photograph of his memorabilia, a handwritten reminiscence and a painted silhouette showing him as he i s i n 1 9 9 4 . Thus he will make his mark in history, and you, the reader, will be able to judge what manner of man he was. You will also be able to decide how much you owe to men like him for the fact that today Europe is entirely free, and no t e ns la v ed u nd er a single master-race." Ribbon marker. Very minor edgewear. NF/NF 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
WWII AIR WAR: THE MEN - THE MACHINES - THE MISSIONS., Boyne, Walter J., foreword.  (William Allmon, John Stanaway, Wil Deac, John Leyden, Don Hollway, Richard Vodra, Bruce Crawford, Jerry Scutts, David Alan Johnson, C.V. Glines, Daniel Wyatt, Timothy Kutta, Robert Mikesh.)
3 Boyne, Walter J., foreword. (William Allmon, John Stanaway, Wil Deac, John Leyden, Don Hollway, Richard Vodra, Bruce Crawford, Jerry Scutts, David Alan Johnson, C.V. Glines, Daniel Wyatt, Timothy Kutta, Robert Mikesh.) WWII AIR WAR: THE MEN - THE MACHINES - THE MISSIONS.
N.P. Cowles / Prospero 1998 088665372X / 9780886653729 2nd Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
176 pp, oblong 8vo (8 1/2" H x 10 7/8" D). Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs and art work. "(S)ome of the best and brightest of today's aviation writers are brought together to paint a vivid picture of aviation during World War II. These specially selected stories bring aerial combat to life, and give insight into the rapid development of air war technology spurred by that combat. Read in these pages how the Japanese 'Zero' - once thought invincible - was tamed, recall the heroism of Britain's famous legless ace Douglas Bader, enjoy the exploits of American P-38 pilots Dick Bong and Tom Lynch in the Pacific, and taste the glory of German Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann's more than 350 air victories. Edited and introduced by Arthur H. Sanfelici, editor of 'Aviation History' Magazine, and with a foreword by noted aviation historian (and frequent contributor) Walter J. Boyne, (this book) is full of riveting vignettes that put you in the cockpit for a flight to adventure." Minor edge wear, slight waviness and two tiny dints on fore-edge of text block, two tiny scuffs on front board. Dust jacket has some areas of very light edge wrinkling, various irregular line in dentations on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 55.  FEBRUARY 1986.  (FLY PAST.), Ellis, Ken, ed.  (Paul Brindley, Ross Sharp, Bob Ogden, Dave Smith, Marcia Piermattei, Arthur Pearcy, Stuart Howe.)
4 Ellis, Ken, ed. (Paul Brindley, Ross Sharp, Bob Ogden, Dave Smith, Marcia Piermattei, Arthur Pearcy, Stuart Howe.) FLYPAST. NO. 55. FEBRUARY 1986. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1986. 
60 pp, 11 3/4" H, soft cover (magazine format - stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, 4 pages of color. Contents: Engines (diesel); Heroes of Habbiniya (keeping Iraq out of Hitler's hands); African Queen (Douglas DC-6 in A ddis Ababa); Museums of the World (Royal Thai Air Force Museum); Preservation Project (restoring a PV-2D Harpoon); Airfield Archaeology (Podington); Living Legends (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight); Year of the Spitfire (Spitfire two-sea t e r i n A s p en, Colorado); Catalina Splashdown; Type Report (Dakotas and Lancasters); American Classics (Spartan Executive). Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edg e we ar to c o ve rs , light wear on spine, very light rubbing and small edge tear on rear cover, light browning to edges of textblock. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 70.  MAY 1987.  (FLY PAST.), Ellis, Ken, ed.  (Phil Chinnery, Alastair Goodrum, Allan Curry, Frank Goodridge, Francois Prins, Tom Meikle, Robbie Shaw, Ken Wixey.)
5 Ellis, Ken, ed. (Phil Chinnery, Alastair Goodrum, Allan Curry, Frank Goodridge, Francois Prins, Tom Meikle, Robbie Shaw, Ken Wixey.) FLYPAST. NO. 70. MAY 1987. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1987. 
70 pp, 11 5/8" H, soft cover (magazine format, stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs. Contents: Magnificent Obsession (Sea Fury); Disposal (B-57 at War); Fallen Eagles (Luftwaffe intruder losses over the Fens); Sw ift Saga; Pathfinder (tribute to Don Bennett); Museums of the World (Venezuela); Collectair Special (Aeronautical cigarette and trade card collecting); Tasty Hawaii; FotoPost (French connection, flying boats and Lancasters); American Class i c s ( P o r t e rfield clan); Register Review (Two DC-6s and another Hunter); Between the Wars Bombers (Bristol Bombay), etc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light wear at top/bottom o f sp i ne , ve ry l ig ht rubbing on rear cover, minor browning to edges of textblock. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
METAL CANVAS:  CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART., Fochuk, Stephen M.
6 Fochuk, Stephen M. METAL CANVAS: CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART.
Vanwell, St. Catharines, Ontario, (1999), Ist edition. 
191 pp, 4to (11 1/4" h), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photos. "Airplane nose art evolved out of necessity for identifying 'friendlies' from enemy aircraft, which quickly became a powerful means of self-expression for military pilots and their crews. From national insignia, squadron markings and number/letter combinations nose art evolved into more personalized artwork, and individual pilots began sporting colourful, even outrageous schemes. Squadrons often used a special crest or colour scheme to identify aircraft in the squadron. This was an aid to groundcrews as well and helped them prepare to service their incoming aircraft during battle..." Contents: Hurricanes; P-40s; Spitfires; Beaufighters; Colour Panels; Mosquitos; Typhoons and Tempests; Trainers; Wellingtons; Transport; Bostons; Coastal Command and Naval Aircraft; Halifaxes; Lancasters; Mitchells; Liberators; Other Aircraft; Bibliography; Index of Air and Ground Crew. Fine/Fine 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
LANCASTER AT WAR., Garbett, Mike and Goulding, Brian.  Foreword by Sir Arthur T. Harris.  With Contributions By Jack Currie, Lettice Curtis, Rod Rodley, Carl Olsson, Stan Wells, John Shelton, Lance Connery, Jimmy Griffiths, Edward Cook, Bill Breckenridge, W.B. Baker, et al.
7 Garbett, Mike and Goulding, Brian. Foreword by Sir Arthur T. Harris. With Contributions By Jack Currie, Lettice Curtis, Rod Rodley, Carl Olsson, Stan Wells, John Shelton, Lance Connery, Jimmy Griffiths, Edward Cook, Bill Breckenridge, W.B. Baker, et al. LANCASTER AT WAR.
London Ian Allan 1983 0711002258 / 9780711002258 Ninth Impression Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
144 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. Contents: Photo Credits; Foreword; Introduction; The early days; In production; The shining sword; (A)nd the woman's view; Entry into service; The tip-off; Panorama of power; Making ready; Bombing up; Twenty Lancasters; Fuelling; Ready at dispersal; The unsung heroes; Not all had wings; Briefing; Prelude to Hell; Out to the kites; Interiors; Start up; First flight on ops; Taxying and marshalling; Take-off; Pilotless bomber; En route; Late guests; On target; Lightning strike; The way back; The Cathedral and I survived; Seven more for the Goldfish Club; Safely home; We "died" three times; Caterpillars Extraordinaire; After the raid; A cool welcome; Battle damage; Prangs; Insignia; 100 not out; Wings for Victory; Mercy missions; Lancs from Canada; Graveyards; Airfields - then and now; By Ermine Street to yesterday; The Dam Busters - fact and film; In memoriam. Small bump at all corners and at top/bottom of spine.. Dust jacket has moderate wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - light edge wrinkling elsewhere, slight fading to spine color, tiny dent on front hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR., Harding, John R.  Signed
8 Harding, John R. Signed THE DANCIN' NAVIGATOR.
Privately published, Guelph, Ontario, 1988. 
144 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON HALF-TITLE PAGE AND WITH SMALL HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED NOTE IN ENVELOPE AT FRONT. ISBN 0969342004 B&w photos and map. "John Harding was born in London, Ontario in 1919. His family moved to Wind sor in 1920 where he was raised. He was one of the hundreds of young men coming of age in the latter days of the depression, bitter at the prospects of widespread unemployment....He served as a navigator with RAF Bomber Command from the end of 1 9 4 2 to mid-1944, rising from the rank of sergeant to flight-lieutenant, doing 2 tours on Lancasters at 103 Sqdn. and 550 Sqdn., after which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Seconded home in Aug./1944, he was attached to 168 Sqdn. R CA F in Ottawa, flying Canadian Forces mail across the Atlantic and up to the front lines. Leaving the airforce in Nov./1946, he joined Air Canada as a line navigator on trans-Atlantic and Caribbean duties, where he served for 30 years." Interior - Fa the r's Day notation, place, date, and signature in ink on verso of free rear endpaper; book lightly cracked at end of index; gift inscription in ink on inside of front cover and a small envelope (attached by glue at tip) containing a card (no n-a uth oria l) and a small note from the author describing a squadron reunion and sales of the book; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, light rubbing, a few soft wrinkles on covers, wear at bo ttom of spine , creasing on top 1" of spine. Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
BOYS, BOMBS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS:  A KNEES-UP, WHEELS-UP CHRONICLE OF WWII., Harvey, J. Douglas.
9 Harvey, J. Douglas. BOYS, BOMBS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS: A KNEES-UP, WHEELS-UP CHRONICLE OF WWII.
Toronto McClelland and Stewart 1982 0771040482 / 9780771040481 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
210 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "They called them the 'Brylcreem boys' - the young flyers who streamed into England from the first declaration of war, the kids with the jaunty grins and the willingness to take terrible risks. Among them were thousands of young Canadians, many barely out of high school, all delighted to leave behind humdrum lives in dusty, post-Depression Canada for the irresistible chance to learn to fly and help beat the Germans. Doug Harvey was one of them - a nineteen-year-old from Toronto who joined the RCAF, and in 1942 found himself a pilot in the elite Canadian No. 6 Bomber Group. (Here) is the fresh, frank, and often hilarious account of Harvey's experiences overseas. It is an unexpurgated description of what really happened to the group of young Canadian men who suddenly found themselves billeted in freezing Nissen huts in the lush English countryside - surround-ed by an unfamiliar people, whose customs puzzled and delighted them - and charged with the job of bombing Gemany into ruins. It is the chilling story of crews flying through the silent night skies, their lumbering Lancasters loaded with bombs, headed for unseen desinations hundreds of miles away. It is the jubilant story of the boys who made it safely home, mission accomplished, and the heart-breaking story of the thousands who didn't." Faint erased pencil narks at top corner of free front endpaper, light edge wear, book is slightly cocked, tiny foxing marks on top/bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two edge tears archivally taped, light foxing on inside of spine, slight darkening to spine and some edges, tiny closed tear on front hinge, light rubbing and soiling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
STRIKE HARD:  A BOMBER AIRFIELD AT WAR.  RAF DOWNHAM MARKET AND ITS SQUADRONS 1942-46., Hilling, John B.  Foreword by Group Captain T.G. 'Hamish' Mahaddie.
10 Hilling, John B. Foreword by Group Captain T.G. 'Hamish' Mahaddie. STRIKE HARD: A BOMBER AIRFIELD AT WAR. RAF DOWNHAM MARKET AND ITS SQUADRONS 1942-46.
Stroud, Gloucestershire Budding / Sutton 1997 1840150017 / 9781840150018 Reprint. Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
141 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps, etc. "This is an account of one small cog in the machinery of the Second World War - the story of the RAF bomber airfield at Downham Market in Norfolk . Every night for three long years young men of RAF Bomber Command flew from this East Anglian airfield in their Stirlings, Lancasters and Mosquitoes to pound into dust the might of Nazi Germany. Their contribution towards winning the war was crucial, but the cost in precious lives and equipment was high: 160 aircraft and nearly 900 airmen were lost on operations. Downham Market was notable in a number of ways, not least for the fact that two posthumous Victoria Crosses were won by its pilots (out of a total of only twenty-one for the whole of Bomber Command), and that it was the second of fifteen airfields in England to be equipped with the life-saving fog dispersal device known as FIDO. It was from Downham Market that the RAF 's last bombing sortie of the European air war was flown on 2/3 May 1945. Between 1942 and 1945 at various times the airfield hosted six bomber squadrons: Nos 214, 218 and 623 were Main Force squadrons in No 3 Group, and then f rom March 1944 Nos 571, 608 and 635 were a part of the RAF's elite No 8 (Pathfinder) Group. 'Strike Hard' is not so much a chronological history, but a microcosm of Bomber Command during the war years. Supported by more than fifty photographs, maps and plans, each chapter focuses on a separate aspect of life on the airfield, and of the bomber operations flown from there. The author has drawn on a number of sources, ranging from official to published and private material, to give a fascinating depiction of a bomber airfield at war." Very small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE AVRO LANCASTER., Mason, Francis K.
11 Mason, Francis K. THE AVRO LANCASTER.
Aston, (Bourne End, Bucks, 1989). 
437 pp, small 4to (10 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos (some aerial), maps, reproductions, fold-out color cutaway. "...the most extensive chronicle of a British bomber ever undertaken - of more than half a million words - describes how the Lancaster came into being and how it fulfilled the faith placed in it by those who planned it. From the consuming belief, espoused by Trenchard between the Wars, that the heavy bomber was the raison d'etre of the R oyal Air Force, to the realisation that Britain, faced in 1936 with the likelihood of war with Germany, was still without an aircraft that could hit the enemy capital with worthwhile bombs. Thus was developed the famous trio of true heavy bombers, the Stirling, Halifax and Lancaster. And by the end of that war, the Lancaster equipped 60 out of Bomber Command's 80 heavy bomber squadrons; more than 1,3000 out of 1,850 British heavy bombers were Lancasters...the Author has made reference to all the outstanding raids undertaken in an extraordinary compendium of individual 'histories' of every Lancaster built (over 7,000 of them), and mention is made of several thousand individual crew members - separately indexed for ease of reference. Th e book contains hundreds of photographs (many from previously untapped sources) as well as maps and diagrams, and a separate Chapter - including cutaway and general arrangements drawings, executed by the Author in colour-describesthe Lancaster in considerable detail." Contents: Towards a Strategic Bombing Force; The Reluctant Transition: Farewell to Biplanes; Heavyweights - With Two Engines; Odds Too Great; The Lancaster is Born; The First Lancaster Squadrons; The Coming of the Pathfinders; No Corner of the Reich; Special People for a Special Job; The Battle of the Ruhr; The Battle of Hamburg; The Battle of Berlin; Nuremburg and Overlord; More Special Operations; In Support of the Armies; The Last Six Months; The Transition from War ; Lancasters in the Laboratory; In Other Air Forces; They Also Served; The Lancaster Described; Appendices - Deployment of Manchester and Lancaster Units; Awards of the Victoria Cross and the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal; Lancaster and Manchester Production, Allocation and Service; Lancasters with High Raid Tallies; Glossary; Bibliography. Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, light waviness to top/bottom of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very light edge wrinkling, tiny closed perforation on front hinge, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, very light browning to top/bottom edges of flaps. NF/VG 
Price: 165.00 USD
 
 
MYNARSKI'S LANC:  THE STORY OF TWO FAMOUS CANADIAN LANCASTER BOMBERS KB726 & FM213., Page, Bette, compiler/editor.  Foreword by Art de Breyne.
12 Page, Bette, compiler/editor. Foreword by Art de Breyne. MYNARSKI'S LANC: THE STORY OF TWO FAMOUS CANADIAN LANCASTER BOMBERS KB726 & FM213.
Erin, Ontario Boston Mills Press 1989 1550460064 / 9781550460063 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "This book is a combination of stories about the Canadian Avro Lancaster bomber. It is a description of those planes built in Malton, Ontario, by the Victory Aircraft Ltd., and the lives of two aircraft in particular. The first story is that of KB726, now known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster, and its crew. This was the aircraft in which Andrew Mynarski earned his Victoria Cross for valour. He gave his life in so doing. The second story is that of FM213, its history, and the story of how it was acquired by Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and how with dedication and the enthusiastic help of the Lancaster Support Club it has been restored to flying condition. It has been given the identity KB726 and dedicated in honour of P/O Andrew Mynarski, V.C., his crew and all Canadian flyers who sacrificed so much in the cause of peace more than 44 years ago. The story is related in three major parts: the Lancaster and Mark X bombers in general; the Canadian No. 6 Group and its squadrons, with special emphasis on the crew of KB726 VR.A of No.419 Squadron (Moose), who on that fateful night of 12/13 June 1944 survived to tell their story; and special documentation of the 9-year restoration program of Lancaster FM213 to its first flight, after 24 years in retirement - the only flying example of this aircraft on the North American continent." Previous owner's small address label at bottom of copyright page. Dust jacket has some light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
MYNARSKI'S LANC:  THE STORY OF TWO FAMOUS CANADIAN LANCASTER BOMBERS KB726 & FM213., Page, Bette, compiler/editor.  Foreword by Art de Breyne.
13 Page, Bette, compiler/editor. Foreword by Art de Breyne. MYNARSKI'S LANC: THE STORY OF TWO FAMOUS CANADIAN LANCASTER BOMBERS KB726 & FM213.
Erin, Ontario Boston Mills Press 1989 1550460064 / 9781550460063 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "This book is a combination of stories about the Canadian Avro Lancaster bomber. It is a description of those planes built in Malton, Ontario, by the Victory Aircraft Ltd., and the lives of two aircraft in particular. The first story is that of KB726, now known as the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster, and its crew. This was the aircraft in which Andrew Mynarski earned his Victoria Cross for valour. He gave his life in so doing. The second story is that of FM213, its history, and the story of how it was acquired by Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and how with dedication and the enthusiastic help of the Lancaster Support Club it has been restored to flying condition. It has been given the identity KB726 and dedicated in honour of P/O Andrew Mynarski, V.C., his crew and all Canadian flyers who sacrificed so much in the cause of peace more than 44 years ago. The story is related in three major parts: the Lancaster and Mark X bombers in general; the Canadian No. 6 Group and its squadrons, with special emphasis on the crew of KB726 VR.A of No.419 Squadron (Moose), who on that fateful night of 12/13 June 1944 survived to tell their story; and special documentation of the 9-year restoration program of Lancaster FM213 to its first flight, after 24 years in retirement - the only flying example of this aircraft on the North American continent." Very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine, very light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, slight browning at top inside edge. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
ARCHITECT OF WINGS: A BIOGRAPHY OF ROY CHADWICK - DESIGNER OF THE LANCASTER BOMBER., Penrose, Harald.
14 Penrose, Harald. ARCHITECT OF WINGS: A BIOGRAPHY OF ROY CHADWICK - DESIGNER OF THE LANCASTER BOMBER.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1985 0906393558 / 9780906393550 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
246 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). B&w photographs. "Both Chadwick and the author lived through the same contemporary events, so this biography of the great Avro designer not only deals with aircraft evolution but reflects the atmosphere of those days. No sooner was one design under way than Roy Chadwick was imagining the next and the next, totalling some two hundred. They range from initial experience with pre-Great War precursors and the world-famous Avro 504 trainer through a sequence of prototypes including ultra-light aeroplanes, powerful fighters and bombers. In particular the Avro 504 with its 20 variants, the twin-engined Anson and the mighty Lancaster were built in huge numbers. In a swift moving story Penrose depicts Chadwick's career through the changing years from the early revelation of flight to his 54th year when he initiated design of the futuristic Delta-Winged Vulcan, ending with his tragic death in the crash of the Avro Tudor II airliner in 1947." Light wrinkling at top of spine, small bump at bottom of spine and at bottom corner of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, tiny dint on front hinge and rear hinge. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
15 Penrose, Harald. ARCHITECT OF WINGS: A BIOGRAPHY OF ROY CHADWICK - DESIGNER OF THE LANCASTER BOMBER.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1985 0906393558 / 9780906393550 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
246 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). B&w photographs. "Both Chadwick and the author lived through the same contemporary events, so this biography of the great Avro designer not only deals with aircraft evolution but reflects the atmosphere of those days. No sooner was one design under way than Roy Chadwick was imagining the next and the next, totalling some two hundred. They range from initial experience with pre-Great War precursors and the world-famous Avro 504 trainer through a sequence of prototypes including ultra-light aeroplanes, powerful fighters and bombers. In particular the Avro 504 with its 20 variants, the twin-engined Anson and the mighty Lancaster were built in huge numbers. In a swift moving story Penrose depicts Chadwick's career through the changing years from the early revelation of flight to his 54th year when he initiated design of the futuristic Delta-Winged Vulcan, ending with his tragic death in the crash of the Avro Tudor II airliner in 1947." Very small ink stain on rear pastedown. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very slight fading to spine color, very light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some waviness on front hinge. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
RAF GATE GUARDS., Simpson, Jim and Darling, Kev, compilers.
16 Simpson, Jim and Darling, Kev, compilers. RAF GATE GUARDS.
Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1992, first edition. 
203 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1853101664 B&w photographs. "There are few airbases that do not possess a gate guard - an old aircraft, usually positioned near the gate of the base and 'up a pole' in an attempt to portray the normal flying attitude of the aircraft. Enthusiasts in the United Kingdom are particularly lucky that the RAF has such a positive attitude towards the preservation and maintenance of the often historic aircraft in its care. Ranging from WWII f ighters and bombers - Spitfires, Hurricanes, Shackletons and Lancasters - to more recent sophisticated jet aircraft such as the English Electric Lighning, Jaguar and Phantom; these aircraft represent a living piece of RAF history." Arranged a l p h a b e tically by airbase for 1991, with a section on former RAF Gate Guards and Selected Individual Histories. Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and fl ap f ol ds , li gh t rubbing. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TAIL-END CHARLIE.  ONE MAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH A WAR., Wainwright, John.
17 Wainwright, John. TAIL-END CHARLIE. ONE MAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH A WAR.
Macmillan, London, 1978. 
187 pp, 8vo (8 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Ex-library. "The story of one man's journey through a war....including the funny bits, frightening bits and idiotic bits. That is how John Wainwright approaches the subject of how he came to fly - and to survive - no less than seventy-two night bombing raids in Lancasters in the second world war. It was theoretically seventy-three raids - but he explains the circumstances that made the number officially even greater than it really was. On all these missions he flew as Rear-Gunner. As an introduction to this daunting experience he tells of his short adult working life in 'civvy street' before the Air Force claimed him. But the book is about flying, the crew he flew with, s o m e i n d i v idual raids, perhaps above all his direct and down-to-earth recollections of 'what it was like'. John Wainwright does not deal in heroics, 'stiff upper lips', the tradition of much recent writing about the war. Factual detail is p ar t of hi s bu si ne ss - such as in his description of what gear the rear-gunners donned for each flight, unofficial as well as official: the unofficial armour to protect their manhood, for instance. He defends his generation: 'Occasionally (as in 19 39) war b eco mes th e lesser of two evils and, at that moment, it becomes not glorious but urgent....But let nobody suggest that we, who fought that war, enjoyed that war'....It is one man's journey through a war - a fascinating recollecti on in tran q uili ty by a man who lived through one of the most terrifying parts cast for those who acted in the Second World War." Ex-library copy with some of the usual stamps, pocket, etc., old tape residue on boards, several pages with very sma ll light s tains /ma rks, sever al pa ges with tiny dints in top margin, a few pages with dog-ear crease, book is cocked, has moderate edge wear, light browning and soiling to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, ligh t ru bbi ng, is pr ice cl ippe d, re mnants of ol d label on spine, light color offset from boards on inside surface. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
FLYPAST.  NO. 40.  NOVEMBER 1984.  (FLY PAST.), Ward, Frank, ed.  (Ken Wixey, Ken Ellis, Jeremy Collins, Peter Moran, Bob Ogden, Philip Chinnery, Stuart Howe, Peter Arnold.)
18 Ward, Frank, ed. (Ken Wixey, Ken Ellis, Jeremy Collins, Peter Moran, Bob Ogden, Philip Chinnery, Stuart Howe, Peter Arnold.) FLYPAST. NO. 40. NOVEMBER 1984. (FLY PAST.)
Key, Stamford, Lincs., 1984. 
68 pp, 11 11/16" H, soft cover (magazine format, stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, 4 pages color. Contents: Between the Wars Bombers (Avro Aldershot and Fairey Fawn); Enforcer Rejected (cancellation of Piper Enforcer p rogramme); Preservation Project (Lancaster); YAF's Last Stand (sole surviving wing of Yesterday's Air Force in America); Air Weapons of the RAF (recoilless Davis Gun); The Collectair (aeronautica); Aviation Archaeology (recovery of Wildcat f r o m I r i s h lough); Preservation News; The Professionals (Lincs Aerial Spraying Co); Airshow '84; Disposal (Convair/Consolidated B-36 Peacemaker); Operation Taxable (617 Squadron flew their Lancasters to simulate an 8 knots invasion fleet on D- Da y) ; T yp e Re po rt (Mosquitoes and Spitfires). Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear/wrinkling to covers, light wear on spine, very light rubbing and dat e st amp on r ea r c ov er, li ght browning to edges of textblock. VG 
Price: 10.00 USD
 


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