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AERODYNAMICS AND FLIGHT.  (ELEMENTARY AERODYNAMICS / THEORY OF FLIGHT.)  594 B, Allen, James Ross.
1 Allen, James Ross. AERODYNAMICS AND FLIGHT. (ELEMENTARY AERODYNAMICS / THEORY OF FLIGHT.) 594 B
Scranton, PA International Textbook Company 1935 Hard Cover Very Good 
80 pp + 91 pp (two sections), 7 3/4" H. Black simulated leather boards with gold lettering on spine, blindstamped lettering, borders on front board. Marbled endpapers, b&w illustrations. Elementary Aerodynamics Contents: Aerodynamic Laws and Theories; Physical Principles; Effects of Air Flow; Air Flow Against Flat Plate; Wind Tunnel; Action of Air-Stream and Airfoils; Airfoil Characteristics; Influence of Airfoil Dimensions; Arrangement of Airfoils; Variable Lift Devices; Parasite Drag. Theory of Flight Contents: Equilibrium and Balance; Fundamentals of Equilibrium; Stability and Control; Types of Stability; Lateral Stability Standards; Directional Stability Standards; Control Standards; Propeller; Introduction; Propeller Theory; Propeller Effects; Airplane Performance at Sea Level; Airplane Performance at Altitutdes. Previous owner's name in ink at top of front free endpaper, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump at corners, minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
2 Bavousett, Glenn B. MORE WORLD WAR II AIRCRAFT IN COMBAT: 47 FAMOUS WARPLANES DEPICTED IN RAGING COMBAT.
ARCO, New York, (1981), Ist ed. 
144 pp, small 4to, HC. A sequel to 'World War II Aircraft in Combat', it captures all the drama and excitementof the savage plane-to-plane, man-to-man combats that raged over Europe and the Pacific during the 1939-45 war years. 36 scenes containing a variety of aircraft are rendered in startlingly realistic color detail. Very small stain on free front endpaper. Dust jacket is price clipped, has one 1/2" closed tear and minor wrinkling at top of spine. VG/VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Beaty, David. STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: MYSTERIES OF THE AIR.
London Methuen 1982 0413397602 / 9780413397607 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
160 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "Why did the airship R101 crash on her voyage to India? How did the great Australian pioneer aviatior, Charles Kingsford-Smith, leave such a trail of death behind him when he disappared in 'Lady Southern Cross' in 1935? How did the pilots of the Fairey Postal Mono-plane in 1929 know that they were going to die? Why did so many of the first women who tried to emulate Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic disappear in mysterious circumstances? What was the jinx that befell Stratocruiser propellers in the 1950s, and was it a coincidence that two Stratocruiser captains met in mid-Atlantic on Christmas Day 1957? What was the strange link between the Comet take-off accidents and the Comets that exploded in mid-air? Many flying mysteries of the past have since been explained by the advance of technology, but many remain, particularly those connected to time, coincidence and precognition of events. None of the aircraft disasters described in this book, which have taken place this century in uncertain and even mysterious circumstances, have ever been fully eplained." Very light browning to pages and edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very minor rubbing, very minor edge wrinkling, tiny scuff on rear flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BIZARRE TALES FROM WORLD WAR II., Breuer, William B.
4 Breuer, William B. BIZARRE TALES FROM WORLD WAR II.
Castle, Edison, NJ, 2005, reprint. 
220 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0785819924 B&w illustrations. "Ernest Hemingway stalks U-Boats. A Belgian woman halts the Panzers. Adolf Hitler plays Santa Claus. If you think these are tall tales, guess again. I n (this book), popular author and distinguished historian William Breuer brings you more than 140 of the most bizarre, curious, and downright strange incidents from World War II. Drawing from personal interviews, official archives, and decl a s s i f i e d documents, Breuer presents little-known stories about the offbeat side of war. You'll discover how 'Venus de Milo' fooled the Germans....watch as drone boats go berserk and a British 'mystery plane' vanishes....listen as Navajo cod e- ta lk er s ig ni te a panic....and learn how Dutch boys captured nine Germans, and a group of choirboys plotted to foil Hitler." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling and rubbing. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
5 Bridgeman, William and Hazard, Jacqueline. THE LONELY SKY.
New York Henry Holt 1957 Fifth Printing Hard Cover Very Good Good 
316 pp, 8 3/8" H. B&w photographs. "(T)he powerful and often thrilling story of a man who daily enters that lonely region beyond the speed of sound. A narrative of needle-nosed ships flying at blistering speeds, it is also the moving testament of a man risking his life to push back the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Like St.-Exupery, Bridgeman is capable of describing the vastness and beauty of the skies. But as America's foremost experimental test pilot, he is constantly aware of the multitude of technical information which he is called upon to use at any given moment. After the war, Bill Bridgeman left the Navy a restless man. Seeking action, he joined Douglas Aircraft as an engineering test pilot. Soon he was asked to take over the final stages of the Skyrocket testing program. The Skyrocket, a javelin-shaped experimental ship, was a challenge to Bridgeman. The story of his day-by-day life with the plane is the substance of (this book)." Double crease and tiny tear (archivally taped) at top corner of page leaf 89/90, soft crease at top corner of pages 91 to 94, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very ,inor soiling on top of text block, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear with two very small tears archivally taped, small chip at bottom of rear panel, light rubbing on panels with some very light scratches on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Chapman, Eddie. Foreword by Frank Owen. THE REAL EDDIE CHAPMAN STORY.
London Tandem Mass Market Paperback Good 
253 pp, 7 1/8" H. c1966. In 1940, safecracker Eddie Chapman offered his services to the German High Command as a spy. His first mission was to blow up the de Havilland works in Hatfield. "What is now revealed for the first time is that Chapman had immediately upon landing made contact with senior officials of the Air Ministry who listened with stunned silence to his story. Shortly after, a German reconnaissance plane which was allowed over to photograph the results of his mssion, reported that the buildings were in ruins and smoke was still rising. At Hatfield, the camouflage experts quietly congratulated themselves on having made it look as though an explosives expert had been at work! Chapman was working for his own country at the risk of his life. Soon after he was shipped back to Germany through Lisbon, where Hitler, grateful for the blow struck against England, awarded him the Iron Cross. For two years, Chapman, behaving like a hero of the Third Reich, spied on the Germans and constantly fed information back to British Intelligence, before being parachuted in for a second time to report on the range of the V-bombs. His true story makes incredible reading." Rear cover advertises the movie "Triple Cross", starring Christopher Plummer as Eddie Chapman and Yul Brynner as Colonel von Grunen. Interior - very light browning to pages, tiny bump to top corner of pages 1 to 75, tiny crease at top vorner of page leaf 167/168, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - spine is lightly cocked, is concave and has two light creases; covers have small soft creases at corners and soft wrinkling; rear cover has very small edge tear with soft crease - archivally taped, small scuff and small faint stain; small tear at bottom of front hinge; very light edge wear/wrinkling; light rubbing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THE MAN WHO BROKE PURPLE:  THE LIFE OF COLONEL WILLIAM F. FRIEDMAN, WHO DECIPHERED THE JAPANESE CODE IN WORLD WAR II., Clark, Ronald.
7 Clark, Ronald. THE MAN WHO BROKE PURPLE: THE LIFE OF COLONEL WILLIAM F. FRIEDMAN, WHO DECIPHERED THE JAPANESE CODE IN WORLD WAR II.
Boston Little Brown 1977 0316145955 / 9780316145954 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
271 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "(T)ells the story of William Friedman, the master cryptographer who solved the 'unbreakable' Japanese cipher system, 'Purple', used by the Imperial navy and the Japanese embassy in Berlin. (This) is the first full-scale, authorized biography of the attractive but driven leader of the only wartime enterprise as top secret as the manufacture of the first atomic bomb. (It) provides a sober account of how America's early, scattered intelligence agencies burgeoned steadily without foresight into a modern bureaucracy characterized by pathological secrecy and ethical ambiguity - and how such expansion took a severe toll on Friendman's mental and physical health. Clark discloses how much the Purple decipherments contributed to the Allied offensive in Europe and, most of all, influenced the outcome of the war in the Pacific: how the Battle of Midway and the ambush of Yamamoto's plane over Bougainville were decided by decoded Purple messages; and how, tragically, circumstances prevented the deciphered warnings of an impending attack from being understood in time at Pearl Harbor. A thoughtful biography of a dapper figure who transformed cryptography from a remote craft 'run by guess and by God' to a complex science, (it) triumphs in its recreation of those agonizing hours when the fate of our fleet in the Pacific, and its officers and men, was determined by a handful of men with only small strips of paper sitting in a room thousands of miles away." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/creasing - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, crease down front flap at fore-edge, one small edge tear with crease, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
8 Corn, Joseph J. THE WINGED GOSPEL: AMERICA'S ROMANCE WITH AVIATION, 1900-1950.
New York Oxford University Press 1983 0195033566 / 9780195033564 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
177 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(R)econstructs America's first era of manned flight and brings back to life the famous and less-known aviators who became the nation's heroes: Charles Lindberg, whose achievement was the great event of the 1920s - Amelia Earhart, one of the many women 'aces' (the aviation industry encouraged women because, as pilot Louise Thaden put it, 'If a woman can handle a plane, the public thinks it must be 'duck soup' for men.') - Calbraith P. Rogers, who made the first transcontinental flight, surviving a dozen crashes, a broken arm and collarbone, and a score of wounds caused by the metal fragments of an exploded engine - and many others. The book provides a vivid picture of America in the first half of the century - its aspirations and concerns - as expressed in the exuberant and often utopian response to a major new technology." Dust jacket has very minor edge browning. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SURVIVE!  MY FIGHT FOR LIFE IN THE HIGH SIERRAS., DeLeo, Peter.
9 DeLeo, Peter. SURVIVE! MY FIGHT FOR LIFE IN THE HIGH SIERRAS.
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2005, first edition. 
241 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0743270061 B&w photographs. "When Peter DeLeo set out one Sunday morning on a sightseeing and photography trip over the central Sierra Nevada mountains in California, he had no idea th at he would soon be fighting for his life with the odds stacked very much against him. DeLeo's single-engine plane encountered turbulence, and he and his two passengers crashed in the mountains. All three survived the accident but sustain e d m u l t i p le injuries. DeLeo had broken ribs, a shattered ankle, and a badly damaged shoulder. After assessing their situation, they decided that the passengers should remain with the plane while DeLeo would hike out to bring back help. It w as al re ad y wi nt er; he left the limited emergency supplies with the plane's passengers; and he was hampered by his injuries, but DeLeo was determined to get help. He found or improvised shelter at night, carefully warmed himself during the day tim e , d ran k f ro m s mal l pools of melted snow and ice, and slowly but steadily made his way toward civilization. Suffering from exhaustion and on the verge of collapse, he found a hot spring that provided him with temporary warmth and ins ects to ea t. Inju ries , d ehyd rati on, malnutrition, and a two-day blizzard slowed him, and a rockslide nearly killed him just as he glimpsed the valley and highway that he so desperately sought, but De Leo's courage saw him through....Peter DeL eo te lls his re marka ble s tory in g rippi ng detail. His amazing saga is destined to become a classic." Bump to top corner of both boards, slight bump at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of flap-folds, minor wrinkl ing at top of spin e. Ve ry Goo d/Ver y Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
10 Dezarrois, Andre, editor. Translated from the French by Philip John Stead. (Rene Mouchotte.) THE MOUCHOTTE DIARIES, 1940-1943.
London Staples Press 1956 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Fair 
221 pp, 8 3/4" H. Frontispiece. "This is the famous Rene who was transformed by three years of war from an unknown pilot of the Reserve into one of the great leaders of Free France in the air, Pierre Clostermann's hero and commanding officer. In 1940 Rene made his daring escape from Oran in an unserviceable plane seized from under the very noses of the authorities. This was a flight not away from danger, but into the thick of the Battle of Britain. He fought with the R.A.F. in Hurricanes and Spitfires, attacking enemy shipping, sweeping over France, giving air-cover to the Dieppe landing, duelling with the Luftwaffe. His exceptional courage and integrity, his powers of leadership and skill as an aerial tactician quickly won the admiration of his superiors. Rene's airborne career culminated at Biggin Hill where he commanded the fighter wing and it was he who shot down the 1,000th German plane recorded by the fighter group there shortly before his death. In the end, his greatest wish was granted, for he had written in his diary: 'If I am not to survive the war, let me at least have the satisfaction of falling to the enemy's fire'. The personal magnetism and sincerity of 'Commandant Rene' make (this) an original and valuable contribution to the literature of the war in the air." Small crease at top corner of pages 11 to 34, very light browning to free endpapers, very small light glue stain on free rear endpaper, tiny dent on fore-edge of pages 55 to 64 - tiny chip on page leaf 59/60, very light browning to top of text block, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, minor rubbing on rear board. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear with tiny tears at bottom of rear panel, rubbing on both panels and light soiling on rear panel; front panel has heavy creasing and tears at bottom edge, two small sticker removal marks at top, old tape on inside surface, creases/tears/scuffs/label marks have been blacked-out with bleed-through to inside surface. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THE ARROW., Dow, James.
11 Dow, James. THE ARROW.
Toronto James Lorimer 1997 1550285548 / 9781550285543 Soft Cover Fine 
166 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs. "Here is the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Arrow, the legendary interceptor jet aircraft developed by A.V. Roe Canada in the fifties. The Arrow was an unprecedented success story for Canada's fledgling aviation industry. It was conceived by its builders as the culmination of an impressive string of world firsts. Faster than any previous aircraft, it represented the leading edge of technology and an achievement of the highest calibre. Then came the dramatic decision whose rationale was not made public at the time and which remains hard to fathom even today. The Diefenbaker government cancelled the Arrow, and everything was destroyed, including the planes themselves. Nothing was to remain. Working from official documents, archives, interviews and a wide range of unofficial sources, James Dow presents the authoritative story of A.V. Roe Canada and its projects. He describes how the Arrow was developed and why it was killed. Dow takes us behind the scenes to the real dynamics and rivalries which were a part of the Arrow from the beginning and which explain its fate. This edition of the definitive books on the subject has been updated with a new introduction." 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ARROW., Dow, James.
12 Dow, James. THE ARROW.
Toronto James Lorimer 1979 0888622811 Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
160 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "The Arrow (supersonic fighter) appeared on Avro's drawing boards in 1952 and was in the air by 1958. Test flights were a great success, and five aircraft had flown by 1959. Then came the dramatic decision whose rationale was not made public at the time, and which even now seems obscure. The Arrow was cancelled, and everything to do with it, including the planes that had already flown, was broken into scrap. Nothing was to remain. To tell the story of the Arrow, James Dow explores the impressive experience of Canada's aircraft industry, created from virtually nothing during the Second World War by C.D. Howe and recruits from the business world. Avro was put together when the government aircraft companies were sold off at the war's end. Avro's first postwar project was the Jetliner, conceived in 1945 for Air Canada (then TCA). It was very nearly the world's first passenger jet, and was first in the air in August 1949 only days behind Britain's Comet. Avro's military experience came with the CF-100 Canuck fighter, which flew first in 1951. There was even an experimental flying saucer, built for the U.S. armed forces. The Arrow was to be the culmination of this experience and this success." Previous owner's place, date and signature in ink on front free endpaper; some light toning to endpapers and to edges of text block, very tiny bump at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate rubbing, several small tears with creases at top edge, light edge wear, one small edge chip, protectedin a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE HURRICANE STORY., Gallico, Paul.
13 Gallico, Paul. THE HURRICANE STORY.
London Michael Joseph. 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- 
144 pp, 7 1/2" H. Dark blue cloth with silver lettering/propellers on spine, silver aircraft on front board. B&w photographs. "Paul Gallico has written the whole exciting and inspiring life story of the greatest British fighter plane, from the drawing board through the battles of World War II. It is a story of great daring, imagination, and unparalleled human courage - the biography of an aircraft which came to personify toughness and audacity." Minor browning to edges of text block, tiny bump at top/bottom of spine, bump to fore-edge of rear board. Dust jacket has light wear and tiny tear (archivally taped) at top/bottom of spine and top of rear flap-fold - very light elsewhere, minor edge browning on flaps, soft crease on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LETTERS HOME:  THE WARTIME CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY OF JOHN EDWIN GARDINER RCAF (1919-1942)., Gardiner, John Edwin.  Edited by David E. Smith.
14 Gardiner, John Edwin. Edited by David E. Smith. LETTERS HOME: THE WARTIME CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY OF JOHN EDWIN GARDINER RCAF (1919-1942).
Regina, Saskatchewan University of Regina / Canadian Plains Research Center 2004 088977157X / 9780889771574 Soft Cover Near Fine 
197 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs. "John Edwin Gardiner was the eldest son of James 'Jimmy' Gardiner, the most prominent Liberal politician of his day in western Canada. Edwin was called up by the RCAF in November 1940, received his Wings in October 1941, and travelled to England in early November 1941. On August 18, 1942, on the eve of the Dieppe Raid, Edwin wrote to his father: 'At long last we're going to take part in something big which you will read all about in the papers long before you get this letter'. Edwin Gardiner was killed when his plane went down on the following day. James Gardiner, who had lost two brothers in the First World War, had now lost his son to war. His wife, Violet, found the grief unbearable and took her own life in October 1944, yet another casualty of war. Gardiner kept all of Edwin's letters to the family. He investigated the circumstances of his son's death, visiting the graveyard at St. Aubin Le Cauf on several occasions and writing a thorough record of his findings. To the end of his life, he maintained contact with the family of the Canadian pilot who died at the same time as Edwin and with the French family who cared for their graves. John Edwin Gardiner's voice in 'Letters Home' is engaging, humorous, and intelligent. Like so many others of his generation, he exudes confidence and optimism despite the dangers of his situation. Perhaps most striking, and most touching, however, is the genuine family affection that pervades these letters." 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
15 Glines, Carroll V. ATTACK ON YAMAMOTO.
Orion, New York, 1990, book club edition. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Here is the dramatic story of the American mission to shoot Japan's greatest admiral out of the sky....America's code breakers intercepted a secret Japanese message: Adm. Isoro ku Yamamoto - Commander in Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet, the man who had masterminded the attack on Pearl Harbor - would by flying to a Japanese base on Bougainville. In response, Maj. John W. Mitchell led a squadron of P-38 Lightnin g f i g h t ers on the longest fighter intercept mission in history, one that became a classic in the annals of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1943, against overwhelming odds, Yamamoto's plane was shot down. A daring, powerful enemy leader, rev er e d by h is p eople, had been eliminated. It was a terrible blow to Japanese morale and an extraordinary boost for Americans fighting in the Pacific. After the mission, a controversy arose: Which pilot actually shot down Yamamoto's plane? It is a c ont rov ers y t hat has never been fully resolved, and in (this book, the author) turns his formidable research skills on it, providing readers with an extraordinary, true tale of adventure and detection." Two tiny corner bumps, light wea r/wr ink lin g at bot tom of s pine, light soiling at bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has small chips or tears along with wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few edges tears with creases, minor rubbing and soiling, color offs et o n in side of sp ine. Ver y Good-/Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
MIKOYAN MiG-21.  OSPREY AIR COMBAT., Gunston, Bill.
16 Gunston, Bill. MIKOYAN MiG-21. OSPREY AIR COMBAT.
London Osprey 1986 0850456525 / 9780850456523 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good - 
200 pp, 10 9/16" H. "Today the MiG-21 is beginning to become a trifle long in the tooth. But the latest version is still in mass-production in India, while almost the first version is not only being manufactured in China but is a new contender in the world market for fighters! Meanwhile, every second or two, MiG-21s thunder aloft wearing the colours of more air forces than any other warplane before or since. Opinions of it vary. 'Fabulous', said an Egyptian. ' A supersonic sports plane' said an Indian (but of a very early version). 'Formidable in the air combat role' said a Frenchman. 'Formidable, simply because of its numbers' said an American general (who called it the Fishbed, the NATO code name). (The author) homes in on the most numerous jet aircraft in history. For the first time we have not just a description of a modern Soviet warplane but a thoughful account of its background (with a wry glance at the confusion its emergence caused in the West), discussion of why it came out as it did, and in particular a detailed look at its many curious design features, developed through more than 20 variants. Even today many Western descriptions have got it wrong. This epoch-making 200-page book will put many misconceptions right. Illustrated with over 160 black and white photographs (many previously unpublished) and 12 photographs in full colour." Light edge wear at top of rear hinge, two soft corner creases on front cover one small and one large, light wear at corners of front cover, light rubbing causing dullness to covers. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SHADOW OF THE ROCK.  THE FOURTH PAUL DEXTER STORY., Hackforth-Jones, Gilbert.
17 Hackforth-Jones, Gilbert. SHADOW OF THE ROCK. THE FOURTH PAUL DEXTER STORY.
London Hodder and Stoughton 1973 0340173971 / 9780340173978 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Tom Wardill, jacket art. 
224 pp, 8" H. "The announcement of Paul Dexter's promotion to Commander in Her Majesty's Royal Navy reached him on the first day of January 1934 after the dreariest Christmas he'd every experienced. The trouble was that after they'd given him the appointment the Navy didn't seem to be able to find anything for him to do. Eventually they sent him on a course, and it was then that he saved the life of a Rear-Admiral when their plane crashed into the sea. If he'd left him to drown life might subsequently have been easier; as it was, when he was fully recovered, young Dexter found himself posted to Gibraltar under the Rear-Admiral's command. Somebody should have warned him about Gibraltar." A series of tiny dents at top of free front endpaper (offset from front pastedown), light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump at bottom corners of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear wrinkling, bump at bottom of flap-folds, very light soiling and a faint stain on rear panel, a few tiny dents on hinges. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
18 Haining, Peter, compiler. (Sir Ralph Sorley, 'Johnnie' Johnson, Eric Marrs, John Allen, 'Gun Buster', Gavin Lyall, Ronald Adams, Charles Gardner, Sir Douglas Bader, Brian Kingcome, R.F. Hamlyn, Quentin Reynolds, Adolf Galland, H.E. Bates, et al.) THE SPITFIRE LOG: A TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER PLANE.
Futura, London, 1990, reprint. 
160 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. B&w illustrations. ISBN 0708844383 "On 6 March 1936 was born one of the most famous and best-loved aeroplanes the world has ever known, the Spitfire. Just four years later its courageous young RAF pilots became the heroes of the Battle of Britain as they repelled the Luftwaffe attack. When, at the heigh of the conflict, supplies of metal for new Spitfires ran short, thousands of people donated old pots and pans for the sake of the gallant fighter. Today the Spitfire is still remembered with affection by all who flew in her. This tribute brings together a fascianting collection of writings by men who flew or admired her, from the top Allied flying ace of the Second World War, Air Vice Marshal 'Johnnie' Johnson, to his German counterpart, General Major Adolf Galland, and from such illustrious names as H.E. Bates, Richard Hillary, Lord Beaverbrook and Richard Dimbleby. As well as thrilling accounts of aerial combat the book includes a Battl e o f B r itain chronology, a list of the twenty Spitfire squadrons and their bases, the plane's specifications, the story of its creation and a list of museums where Spitfires can now be seen." Interior - light cigarette odor, very light brownin g t o pa g es , otherwise clean and tight with no previous owner's marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of text block, minor edge wear, soft crease at top of front cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE SPITFIRE LOG:  A 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER PLANE., Haining, Peter.
19 Haining, Peter. THE SPITFIRE LOG: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS FIGHTER PLANE.
Souvenir Press, (London, 1989) reprint. 
144 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Illustratedwith b & w photos., drawings and maps. ISBN 0285627163 On March 6th, 1936 one of the most famous & best-loved aeroplanes the world has ever known was born. This lavishly illustrated tribute brin gs together a fascinating collection of writings by men who flew or admired the Spitfire. One slight corner bump. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - heavier at top of rear fla p - f o l d . Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND:  THE ADVENTURES AND MISADVENTURE OF A WIRELESS OPERATOR IN BOMBER COMMAND., Hewer, Howard.  Foreword by Group Captain Kenneth McDonald.  Introduction by Flight Lieutenant William H. Dixon.
20 Hewer, Howard. Foreword by Group Captain Kenneth McDonald. Introduction by Flight Lieutenant William H. Dixon. IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND: THE ADVENTURES AND MISADVENTURE OF A WIRELESS OPERATOR IN BOMBER COMMAND.
Stoddart, Toronto, 2000. 
272 pp, large 8vo (9 5/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 077373273X B&w photographs, maps. "In 1940, 19-year-old Howard Hewer dreamed of being the next Billy Bishop, of piloting Spitfires or Hurricanes over Europe. His dream was shattered when he was selected instead for a career as a wireless operator. But his thirst for adventure would certainly be satisfied. He was not to be a pilot, but he would play a vital role in air operations in World War II over Europe and the Mediterrane an. Hewer's life in Bomber Command was never dull, and almost always bittersweet. During training, he fell out of a Fairey Battle, and held on by only one foot high over Lake Erie. In London, he survived a run-in with the infamous 'Piccad i l l y C o m mandos', then dug for victims of an air raid in the rubble of a dance hall. But Hewer found life in the belly of Wellington, or 'Wimpy', bombers the most hazardous of all. He and his crew of 218 and 148 Squadrons flew important nigh t op er at i on s ov er Germany and North Africa, dropping their deadly payloads while dodging enemy flak. All the while, Hewer was busy at the radio controls identifying his Wimpy's position and detecting false codes from Axis operators, who were al way s o n t he pr ow l t o lure unsuspecting Allied bombers into landing on enemy airfields. On perhaps his bravest mission of the war, as a driver for the RAF in North Africa, Hewer drove deep behind enemy lines, where he exchanged fire with I tal ian troo ps. An othe r t ime, in Suez, he became bored while on medical leave, and joined on as a wireless operator on another operation. Soon after takeoff, the plane took flak and crash landed on the desert floor. Hewer was trapped, his le gs c rush ed ag ains t hi s rad io, the e ngines of the plane threatening to explode. At times comical, at others tragic, Howard Hewer's stirring story will leave a lasting imprint on the memory of its readers." Dust jacket has minor rubbing. Nea r Fin e/Nea r Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
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