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IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND:  THE STORY OF A NAVAL PILOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1916-1918., Bartlett, C.P.O., Squadron Leader.  Edited by his son, Nick Bartlett.
1 Bartlett, C.P.O., Squadron Leader. Edited by his son, Nick Bartlett. IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND: THE STORY OF A NAVAL PILOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1916-1918.
Leo Cooper, London, 1994, revised edition. 
159 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850523184 B&w photographs, diagram, map. "Philip Bartlett's account is a unique and fascinating record of a pilot's life in the dawn of aerial warfare and, as a history, of the first use of the bomber in war, strangely, by the Navy's aircraft. Flying by day and night alone, without navigational aids, the author moves from attacks on the U-boat bases to bombing the German Gothas as they prepared to raid London, and then to the s upport of Haig's drive to the coast which ended in the mud of Passchendaele. The climax in March, 1918, is reached when the author's squadron finds itself directly in the path of Ludendorff's massive thrust, which broke the British Vth Ar m y a n d n e a rly decided the War. Attacked by Richthofen's aces, No 5 Squadron RNAS flew continuous desperate missions against the advancing troops from aerodromes which were over-run time after time. At a time when the life of a pilot was re ck on e d in w e ek s, t he author flew 101 missions, enduring the rigours of flying without heat or oxygen, with hesitant engines, no parachutes and the attention of German fighters. Yet there is continual evidence of the pure joy of flying and won der a t the sh ee r b eau ty of the sky." Light browning to top edge of textblock, slight waviness to top/bottom edges of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top edge. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 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
 
 
STRIKE FROM THE SEA: A SURVEY OF BRITISH NAVAL AIR OPERATIONS, 1909-69., Jackson, Robert.
3 Jackson, Robert. STRIKE FROM THE SEA: A SURVEY OF BRITISH NAVAL AIR OPERATIONS, 1909-69.
Arthur Barker, London, 1970. 
234 pp, 8vo 8 3/4" H, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "On 19 July 1918, six Sopwith Camels took off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier 'Furious' off the Schleswig coast. Their mission - to bomb the German Zeppelin sheds at T ondern. It was the first time in history that a force of aircraft had been launched against an enemy objective from an aircraft carrier: the first ever strike from the sea. In the half century that has elapsed since that historic day, the Roya l N a vy's airmen have carved out a reputation of courage and skill that is second to none. This is their story - a story of men and courage, of crews, aircraft and ships often hurled into battle against hopeless odds. The author has covered ever y m aj or operation involving the Fleet Air Arm and its predecessor, the RNAS, including Korea, Suez, Malaya and forgotten 'backyard wars' such as the British naval operations against the Bolsheviks in the Baltic in 1919, when the Navy's airmen bom be d the Re d Fleet in Kronstadt. The Second World War is covered in detail, from the hunt for the 'Graf Spee' to the final assault on Japan and Kamikaze attacks on the carriers of the British Pacific Fleet." Water mark on top corner of text bloc k w it h so me s mall areas of dye migration into top corner of a few pages, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling, light browning on spine, two small edge tears with old tape. G ood+ /Go od+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PILOTS:  CANADIAN STORIES FROM THE COCKPIT., Melady, John.
4 Melady, John. PILOTS: CANADIAN STORIES FROM THE COCKPIT.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1989 0771058632 / 9780771058639 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
269 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "This is the story of flying in Canada - told by the men and women who have lived it, the pilots. The story begins with John McCurdy's history-making flight in the 'Silver Dart' over the frozen shores of Lake Bras d'Or, Baddeck, in 1909, and moves through the years, documenting the landmark flights, retelling the yarns and lore of flying, and introducing the heroes - the famous and the unsung." Very light soiling on fore-edge of textblock, light creasing at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top of front panel - minor elsewhere, minor scuff on spine. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
PILOTS:  CANADIAN STORIES FROM THE COCKPIT., Melady, John.
5 Melady, John. PILOTS: CANADIAN STORIES FROM THE COCKPIT.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1989 0771058632 / 9780771058639 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
269 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "This is the story of flying in Canada - told by the men and women who have lived it, the pilots. The story begins with John McCurdy's history-making flight in the 'Silver Dart' over the frozen shores of Lake Bras d'Or, Baddeck, in 1909, and moves through the years, documenting the landmark flights, retelling the yarns and lore of flying, and introducing the heroes - the famous and the unsung." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, minor browning at top edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE., Taylor, John W.R.  Illustrated by Victor Ambrus.
6 Taylor, John W.R. Illustrated by Victor Ambrus. THE ROYAL AIR FORCE.
Oxford University Press, London, 1965, first edition. 
48 pp, 4to (11 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Beautifully illustrated in colour by Victor Ambrus. "In this brilliant historic account of the youngest of Britain's Services, the author - who is the editor of Jane's All The World's Aircraft - recaptures some of the 'Air Force Spirit' which gave British military aviation its motto 'Per Ardua ad Astra' - Through Difficulties to the Stars." Tiny faint mark on free front endpaper, small light mark at fore-edge of pages 37/38, slight bump at top corner of boards, very light soiling at fore-edge of front board, tiny light foxing marks on top of textblock, foxing mark on rear endpapers, minor soiling on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket is price clipped, light edge wrinkling a t t o p / b o t tom of spine and flap-folds, scattered small foxing marks pn front panel - near fore edge, a few tiny foxing marks on flaps, slight darkening to spine and flap-folds, minor soiling and rubbing. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CANADIAN AIRMEN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR.  THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE.  VOLUME I. (1 - ONE), Wise, S.F.
7 Wise, S.F. CANADIAN AIRMEN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR. THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. VOLUME I. (1 - ONE)
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980. 
771 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. ISBN 0802023797 Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps (some fold-out). "....provides the definitive story of Canadian airmen in World War I and, moreover, a revisi onist account of the war in the air. Organized topically, this volume begins with an overview of military aviation in Canada prior to 1914, as successful aircraft experiments like Baldwin's and McCurdy's 'Silver Dart' are set against Defenc e M i n i s t er Sam Hughes' rejection of any government air policy. Financial timidity and political uncertainty subsequently decreed that the 20,000 Canadians who trained for, or fought in, history's first air war would have no air force of thei r o wn b ut w ou ld fly in the British flying services. The sections which follow show that Canadians excelled in every aspect of the air war. Indeed, athough the First World War never saw an exclusively Canadian squadron in action and no Canad ia n ros e t o a co mma nd above Group level, Professor Wise has been able to write a full account of the war in the air from the Canadian perspective. Recruitment and training, the maritime air war, the strategic bombing of Germany and the defenc e o f Grea t Br itai n, a s we ll as action on the Western Front, in Italy, and in Macedonia, are all covered in depth. Each section reveals the complexity of air operations, as tactics, strategy, and aircraft evolved with astonishing speed. The e xplo it s of remar kable figh ter a ces such as Billy Bishop, Raymond Collishaw, D.R. MacLaren and W.G. Barker, and of bomber leaders like R.H. Mulock, are set in the context of the air war and the many thousands of Canadians who served with them. In his conc lusion Wise traces the d evel opment of Canadian government air policy to the year 1920, during which time the first Canadian air force was born and quickly died. In analysing this major step in Canada's entry into the air age he l ays t he f oundat ion for postw ar civi l expan sion and the formation of the RCAF. Illustrated with specially prepared colour and sketch maps and over 200 photographs, many of them published here for the first time, this book should prove invalua ble to the militar y histor ian and of wide appeal to th e aviation enthusiast and general reader alike." A heavy volume which may require extra postage. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear to boards, small bump at botto m corne r of both boa rds. Dus t jacket has ligh t edge w rinkli ng, light fading to spine color, one small closed tear with crease, light rubbing, light browning at top edge of flaps. Very Good+/Very Good- 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
LEWIS GUNS: THE METAMORPHIC MG.  A GUIDE TO THE CHANGING APPEARANCE OF THE WELL-USED AIRCRAFT WEAPON OF WWI.  WINDSOCK MINI DATAFILE 3., Woodman, Harry.
8 Woodman, Harry. LEWIS GUNS: THE METAMORPHIC MG. A GUIDE TO THE CHANGING APPEARANCE OF THE WELL-USED AIRCRAFT WEAPON OF WWI. WINDSOCK MINI DATAFILE 3.
Albatros, Berkhamsted, 1995 
8 pp, 11 11/16" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). ISBN 0948414812 B&w photographs, drawings. "This concise, illustrated study of the famous Lewis machine gun of WWI will prove of great benefit to modellers of all persuasions. Both flying scale a nd plastic model enthusiasts will learn much from the various scale drawings and photos in this booklet. Now there can be absolutely no excuse for mounting the wrong pattern Lewis gun on a WWI aeroplane model!" Interior - slight bump to top co r n e r of text block, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, small soft creases at top corner of covers. Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
 


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