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1 Johnstone, Sandy, Air Vice-Marshal. DIARY OF AN AVIATOR: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
Airlife, (Shrewsbury, 1993). 
168 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "...the autobiography of one of the Royal Air Force's most colourful characters. Sandy Johnstone began flying in the Auxiliary Air Force and later flew as a commercial pilot until he was called up for Active Service in 1939. He took command of a Spitfire squadron in July 1940 and was credited with eight confirmed 'kills' and four probables during the Battle of Britain. He later led a Wing of Spitfires during the Siege of Malta (1942/3). In 1944 he was involved in the planning of Operation Overlord and subsequent operations of the fighter squadrons engaged in D-Day operations, joining General Eisenhower's staff in Normandy five weeks later. Sandy Johnstone's post-war career was equally varied and in his book he recalls his experience as an Air Attache, founder of the Royal Malayan Air Force, Commander of the Commonwealth Air Forces when he saw action in Borneo and as Air Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland, during which time he also held a number of important N.A.T.O. commands..." Small shallow dent on rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light to moderate rubbing to panels - no color loss, small shallow dent on rear panel, slight fading to spine color. VG+/VG- 
Price: 21.00 USD
 
 
2 Johnstone, Sandy, Air Vice-Marshal. (Alexander) ENEMY IN THE SKY: MY 1940 DIARY.
Presidio, San Rafael, California, 1979. 
191 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0891410864 B&w photographs. "In 1940 Great Britain faced one of the most critical periods in its history when Germany launched its air power across the English Channel. For a few nigh tmarish weeks the fate of the nation lay in the hands of its fighter pilots, 'Churchill's Few'. During those pivotal days Sandy Johnstone commanded the 602nd (City of Glasgow) Squadron stationed at Westhampnett. He kept a detailed diary of t h e s q u adron's activities. Flying their Spitfires, the pilots of the 602nd pitted themselves against the German threat, fighting for control of the airspace over their homeland. Johnstone himself was credited with eight kills and four probab le s. .. . Ev en tu ally the Battle of Britain was won. The 602nd Squadron's outstanding role in the victory, clearing the skies of enemy aircraft, is brilliantly brought to life again through the pages of this remarkable diary." Minor wrinkling a t t op/ bot to m o f s pin e, tiny light scuff on front board, very light edge wear, slight browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-foldsminor soiling, one small edge tear - taped, slight bro wnin g on spi ne. Ve ry G ood+ /Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 

 


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