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1 Bowyer, Chaz. BOMBER BARONS.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire Leo Cooper 2001 085052802X / 9780850528022 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
222 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "By the end of the Second World War, a grim total of 55,000 air crew of Bomber Command has lost their lives. This figure comprised no less than seventy per cent of RAF fatalities. Yet, unlike their more glamorous fighter pilot colleagues, very few bomber pilots or crewmen were familiar household names to the general public. However, within the ranks of the RAF itself, some individuals stood out gaining high reputations for their courage and leadership, a respect achieved regardless of the decorations they had won or the number of sorties flown. These were the 'Bomber Barons'. In this authoritative book, (the author) chooses a selection of these men. Some like Leonard Cheshire, Guy Gibson and Hughie Edwards, are today well known but others such as Nick Knilans, Syd Clayton and Jo Lancaster, are familiar only to those 'in the know'. For each, the author details their careers and relates episodes that reflect the qualities that made them outstanding. At the same time, the reader learns of the unfolding dramatic development of Bomber Command from the comparatively uncoordinated, non-cohesive raids of the early part of the war to the highly-trained and deadly offensive weapon it became under Sir Arthur Harris, from 1942 AOC-in-C of Bomber Command, and the Greatest Baron of them all." Small very light stain in margin of page 16. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, a few very tiny dints, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Gatland, Kenneth W. and Kunesch, Anthony Ma SPACE TRAVEL.
New York Philosophical Library 1953 Second Impression. Hard Cover Good Good J.W. Wood and R.A. Smith. 
205 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs, drawings, tables. "Here, described with enthusiasm and authority, is not only the whole history of rocket development from the days of the first discovery of an explosive mixture before the birth of Christ, but also the latest information on the harnessing of the tremendous new propellants available today, which may soon make journeys into space a commonplace of human life. Both (authors) are technical experts in their own fields. While their working hours are concerned with terrestrial problems, their scientific curiosity and knowledge are also beamed into the outer reaches of the Ether. They have accordingly produced a series of blueprints for the construction of an artificial satellite freely revolving in its own orbit around the Earth, and for the great liners which will take off from it on their flashing journeys to starry destinations in our own solar system and even, perhaps, beyond. There are nearly 100 (illustrations): historical records of early experiments, magnificent modern photographs of the latest achievements, and in addition a series of exciting drawings, specially made for the book, of space stations and space ships, which not only fire the imagination, but are precise in every detail." Light to moderate edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, 1" bump/creases at bottom edge of rear board, two tiny corner bumps. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top edge, one or two tiny edge tears archivally taped, light rubbing, minor soiling, very small bump to bottom edge of text block. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Johnson, David. V-1, V-2: HITLER'S VENGEANCE ON LONDON.
New York Stein and Day 1982 0812828585 / 9780812828580 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
203 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps. "The full story of the year Hitler's guided missiles fell on London. Only five minutes from launch to impact - not even enough time to sound an air raid alert. They could not be tracked and they traveled too high and too fast to be shot down. - This is no scenario of World War III, but the story of the development of the Nazi's secret weapons and the devastation they wrought that, given a little more time, might have turned the tide of World War II. Seen through the eyes of the Germans who devised and launched these weapons, as well as the people on the receiving end, here is an unprecedented 'you are there' reconstruction of those times when the death throes of the Nazi empire claimed tens of thousands of Allied civilian casualties. (The author) interviewed eyewitnesses on both sides of the Atlantic while researching 'V-1/V-2', and he was given access to previously classified documents and photographs." Light creasing on spine, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has very light browning on inside of flaps and spine, two small tears archivally taped - one on edge and one on front hinge, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE PEENEMUNDE RAID: THE NIGHT OF 17-18 AUGUST 1943., Middlebrook, Martin.
4 Middlebrook, Martin. THE PEENEMUNDE RAID: THE NIGHT OF 17-18 AUGUST 1943.
Allen Lane, (London, 1982). Ist Edition 
265 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0713913355 B&w photographs, maps. "On a night in August 1943, RAF Bomber Command launched a unique operation to destroy a secret research establishment located on the remote Baltic coast of Germany. That place was Peenemunde, the cradle of the space age. Here Germany's most brilliant scientists were developing an advanced form of rocket projectile that Hitler planned to launch in large numbers in order to destroy London and cause the collapse of British morale and resistance. The V-2 rocket, Hitler hoped, would reverse the course of the war and bring him victory. When allied intelligence discovered what was afoot, the RAF was ordered to destroy Peenemunde at whatever th e r i s k ...Martin Middlebrook has brought to (this book) his usual thorough research and authoritative analysis. All aspects of the subject are covered in graphic detail: the experiments at Peenedmunde, the lifestyle of the German community and th e m an y fo reign workers there, the Intelligence hunt, events at British headquarters, the fortunes of the British and Luftwaffe aircrews, and the experiences of those under attack..." Small Christmas gift inscription on free front endpaper, v ery l igh t r ub bin g on bottom edge of front board, very light eaviness to for-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small corner crease on front flap, very slight color fading on spine, very ligh t r ubbi ng. Ve ry G ood/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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