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1 'McScotch'. (Lt. William MacLanachan.) FIGHTER PILOT.
London George Routledge 1936 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
248 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs (some aerial), fold-out map at rear (collated). "This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving with one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honour of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, 'Mick' Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C." Faint erased pencil marks at top corner of free front endpaper. book is very slightly cocked, browning to edges of text block, a few faint soiling marks on top of text block ad at top of fore-edge of text block, small light bump to bottom corner of rear board, light wrinkling and very light wear at top/bottom of spine, slight fading/browning to spine color, 5" thin light rub/soiling mark down spine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I., Barker, Ralph.
2 Barker, Ralph. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I.
London Robinson 2002 1841194700 / 9781841194707 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good 
507 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he compelling story of the vital role played by the pioneer pilots and observers of the Royal Flying Corps who served their apprenticeships in the unforgiving skies of World War I. The RFC took part in all the major battles from Mons to the Somme, from Bloody April 1917, when the airmen suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele, up to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive and on to the threshold of victory. Drawing from letters and diaries of the men who took part, Ralph Barker successfully recreates an overview of the battlegrounds from the menacing skies above France and brings fresh off the pages the exhilaration of aerial combat in the little open-cockpit biplanes. Risking their lives for their country, suffering the strain of low-level flying, the debility of the 'shakes', and the ever-present fear that they would not return from a mission, these brave young men nevertheless enjoyed comradeship and a true sense of bonding, between pilots and ground mechanics, observers and gunners." Interior - place, date and initials in ink on title page; a few pages with tiny bump/crease at bottom corner; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, faint crease on spine, small corner crease on rear cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SOPWITH SNIPE.  WINDSOCK DATAFILE 46., Bruce, J.M.    Foreword by R.L. Rimell.  Drawings by C.A. Owers.
3 Bruce, J.M. Foreword by R.L. Rimell. Drawings by C.A. Owers. SOPWITH SNIPE. WINDSOCK DATAFILE 46.
Albatros, Berkhamsted, 1994. 
36 pp, 11 5/8" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). ISBN 0948414618 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, technical drawings/plans, colour profiles. "The Sopwith Snipe is firmly lodged in the minds of most WWI aeroplane enthusiasts due to the epic one-sided combat fought by Major William Barker on October 27 1918 in which he brought down four Fokker D.VIIs, an action that resulted in a well-earned Victoria Cross for the Canadian pilot. The Snipe had few other opportunities for glory; No .43 Squadron was the first unit to be equipped and made its first Snipe patrol on September 23 1918. Within five weeks nearly 100 Snipes were in France and No.208's Camels were in the process of being replaced by Snipes as the Armistice was dec l a r e d. In the immediate post-war period Snipes served with a dozen RAF Squadrons, 532 being recorded on charge by 1921, and the type soldiered on until 1928 when it was officially declared obsolete. Despite its necessarily limited role in the fi rs t ai r war the Snipe has been a popular choice for modellers and subject of at least two previous monographs and a nubmer of magazine articles. The 46th DATAFILE, however, offers the most comprehensive selection of illustrations on the type y et pub li she d in one volume and contains a great deal of information hitherto unrecorded." Interior - small soft bump at top/bottom corners of text block, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small soft crease at c orn ers of cove rs. Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
4 Connors, John F. Color by Don Greer. Illustrated by Perry Manley. SPAD FIGHTERS IN ACTION. SQUADRON/SIGNAL AIRCRAFT NUMBER 93.
Squadron/Signal, Carrollton, TX, 1989. 
50 pp, oblong (8 1/4" H x 11" D) soft cover (stapled in wraps). ISBN 0897472179 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings/diagrams, two pages of color profiles. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - m inor edge wear, very small edge tear on front cover - archivally taped, very light rubbing. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
ABOVE THE BATTLE., Drake, Vivian.  Introduction by General C.G. Hoare.
5 Drake, Vivian. Introduction by General C.G. Hoare. ABOVE THE BATTLE.
Frederick D. Goodchild, Toronto, 1918, first Canadian edition. 
323 pp + ads, small 8vo (7 9/16" H), hard cover (maroon cloth with gold lettering and RFC insignia on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. The Canadian edition (with Goodchild on the spine) was prepared from sheets of the American first edition (D. Appleton with '1' on last page of text and Appleton's ads at rear) with the Goodchild title page tipped-in. The author's personal reminiscences of his time in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Contents: First Experi e n c e s ; T r a ining; Overseas; France; Over the Lines; A Bomb Raid; Scrapping; Mainly About Two Seaters; A Night Stunt; Artillery Control; The Day's Work; Zep Straffing; The Somme; The Red Cross Machine. Tiny tear with crease at bottom of page 7 3/ 4, X ma s 1 91 9 gi ft inscription in pencil on free front endpaper, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, darkening and a few small light stains to top of textblock, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine , l igh t r ubb ing o n fro nt bo ard, veery light soiling on boards, slight darkening to spine. Very Good- 
Price: 100.00 USD
 
 
SURVIVOR'S STORY., Gibbs, Gerald, Air Marshal Sir.
6 Gibbs, Gerald, Air Marshal Sir. SURVIVOR'S STORY.
London Hutchinson 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Good Fair 
182 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps. "Distinguished survivor of the early flying days and of many campaigns, (the author) was the last British Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Air Force. This is the story not only of his own long and exciting years of service in many parts of the world, but also of the Air Force itself, from the time of the Flying Corps to the present day. In this book he strikes a new and very readable line among senior Air Force writers for he does not forget to give due place to the lighter and social side. His accounts of those early days, when he served with the R.F.C. at Aboukir, are both inspiring and amusing. After the First World War (he) had a highly eventful spell of service in Iraq, Palestine, and Transjordan, and later, in the early 1930's, he went to Kenya and the Sudan. He has many good big-game stories to tell, and many valuable comments to make, also, upon conditons in these troubled regions. A high-spot of his book is his account of the Battle of Britain, throwing as it does considerable light upon the controversies regarding R.A.F. tactics and control. He had wide personal experience, too, of the war in Burma, and was also present at Singapore when the Japanese surrendered. After the war, before his final appointment in India, he spent three years on United Nations work in the U.S.A., and he writes of America, as of India, with a sympathy born of intimate knowledge". Light scattered foxing on end papers and on edges of text block, very small stain on rear free end paper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light browning on edges of text block and edges of boards. Dust jacket has edge creasing, several chips and small edge pieces missing, several small and tiny edge tears, light browing, very light tiny foxing marks on rear panel and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 Johns, W.E., Captain. BIGGLES OF THE FIGHTER SQUADRON.
Red Fox, London, 1992, 4th printing. 
208 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0099217015 Originally published as 'Biggles of the Camel Squadron. "In the later stages of the First World War when pilots are either experienced or dead, Biggles and his fellow flyers have to struggle to maint ain supremacy over the German air aces. Biggles has long known that cunning is everything in this game and his quick brains hatch some outrageous and desperate schemes in their bid to stay ahead - and alive." Interior - very light browning t o p a g e s, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of text block, very minor edge wear. Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
RICHTHOFEN: BEYOND THE LEGEND OF THE RED BARON., Kilduff, Peter.
8 Kilduff, Peter. RICHTHOFEN: BEYOND THE LEGEND OF THE RED BARON.
London Brockhampton 1999 1860199909 / 9781860199905 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
256 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "(P)rovides the first clear, fully-documented view of Manfred von Richthofen as an air-fighter, exemplary leader and an important figure in the development of German fighter units and tactics in the First World War. It was made possible by extensive research and, with the end of the Cold War, the release of significant documents in eastern Germany that had been unavailable to western historians since before the Second World War. It traces the development of German fighter aviation from the early single-aircraft aerial ambushes to the massed attacks of Jadgeschwader I, the battle force that Richthofen developed into a highly effective weapon. Richthofen's own Air Combat Operations Manual, completed shortly before his death in combat, is included in its entirety." Tiny dint on bottom edge of front board. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
RICHTHOFEN: BEYOND THE LEGEND OF THE RED BARON., Kilduff, Peter.
9 Kilduff, Peter. RICHTHOFEN: BEYOND THE LEGEND OF THE RED BARON.
London Brockhampton 1999 1860199909 / 9781860199905 Reprint Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
256 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "(P)rovides the first clear, fully-documented view of Manfred von Richthofen as an air-fighter, exemplary leader and an important figure in the development of German fighter units and tactics in the First World War. It was made possible by extensive research and, with the end of the Cold War, the release of significant documents in eastern Germany that had been unavailable to western historians since before the Second World War. It traces the development of German fighter aviation from the early single-aircraft aerial ambushes to the massed attacks of Jadgeschwader I, the battle force that Richthofen developed into a highly effective weapon. Richthofen's own Air Combat Operations Manual, completed shortly before his death in combat, is included in its entirety." Very minor rubbing on boards. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top edge of rear panel. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE DIARY OF A P.B.O.*   *POOR BLOODY OBSERVER., Shrive, Frank J.  Edited by Norman Shrive.  Historical note by Robert H. Johnston.
10 Shrive, Frank J. Edited by Norman Shrive. Historical note by Robert H. Johnston. THE DIARY OF A P.B.O.* *POOR BLOODY OBSERVER.
Erin, Ontario Boston Mills Press 1981 0919822347 / 9780919822344 Hard Cover Very Good+ Good+ 
88 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "At eighteen, along with several of his Boy Scout pals, Shrive joined the 129th Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery. Chistmas 1916 found Shrive in England, encamped in the seemingly endless rain on Salisbury Plain. The next May he was on the Western Front and on June 17, 1917, still only nineteen, he was struck by shrapnel at Vimy Ridge. By one of the ironies that war provides he can be considered lucky, for his wounds sent him to England to convalesce. There we pick up his story on (a) September afternoon. His narrative begins at this point, where chance intervened to change the direction of his life. While lying on a Kentish hillside, he saw two airplanes, then new-fangled marvels, cavorting in the sky above. Why didn't he join the infant Royal Flying Corps, a friend present asked? The thought was not a new one, but the moment to act was. Young Shrive joined the RFC and made, as he recognised at the time, 'one of the most important decisions of my life.' One significant result of this decision came a year later when the newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Frank Shrive of the Royal Flying Corps found himself on board the SS Stephen, out of Dundee, bound for Russia. With him was a Canadian artillery brigade and infantry regiments from the United States, Britain and France. They were on their way to Archangel on the northern Russian coast and, though they did not perhaps realize it, were about to participate in the Russian Civil War." Minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny tears archivally taped, light rubbing with colour loss. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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