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201 Fetherstonhaugh, R.C. Epilogue by F. Cyril James. McGILL UNIVERSITY AT WAR. 1914-1918, 1939-1945.
Montreal McGill University 1947 First Edition Very Good- Good- 
437 pp, 9 3/8" H. Red cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold crest on front board. Tissue-covered colour frontispiece, b&w photographs. Contents (1914-1918): The Shadow of War; Canada's Military Effort; Army Recruiting; Valour and Sacrifice; No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill); Service on Many Fronts; Wartime Research; University Leadership and Civilian Achievement; The Aftermath of War. (1939-1945): The Second Great War; McGill's Service Record, 1939-'45; The Challenge of 1940; Marshalling the McGill Effort, 1941; Development of the War Effort, 1942; The Peak of Training, 1943; Research in the War Years; The Year of Crisis, 1944; Honours and Awards, 1944; The Year of Victory, 1945; Casualties and Honours, 1945; Service in the United States Forces; Service of the University Staff; Honours and Awards, 1945-'46; Agricultural and Medical Research; Scientific Research; Epilogue. Appendices: Honour Roll; Honours and Awards. Index of Persons; General Index. Light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light browning to edges of text block, one slight small corner bump. Dust jacket has has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several edge tears archivally taped and small edge pieces missing, light browning to the spine, several light scuffs and rub marks on front panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
JUNKERS Ju 88 IN ACTION.  PART 2.  SQUADRON/SIGNAL AIRCRAFT NUMBER 113., Filley, Brian.
202 Filley, Brian. JUNKERS Ju 88 IN ACTION. PART 2. SQUADRON/SIGNAL AIRCRAFT NUMBER 113.
Carrollton, Texas Squadron/Signal 1991 0897472586 / 9780897472586 Very Good- Perry Manley and Joe Sewell. Color profiles by Don Greer. 
58 pp, oblong (8 1/4" H x 11" D) - stapled in wraps. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, 2 pages of color profiles. "Research into the Ju 88 fighter variants has uncovered a great many 'gray areas' and conflicting data concerning the aircraft's development. As a result, this book covers the major Ju 88 fighter variants and provides additional information on some of the more questionable areas. This information was added to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the Ju 88's complicated (and sometimes baffling) evolution." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light wear on spine, light bump at top of spine with crease and two very small light stains at top of front hinge area, one small soft corner and soft edge crease. 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
LONG KNIVES AND SHORT MEMORIES: THE SPANDAU PRISON STORY., Fishman, Jack.
203 Fishman, Jack. LONG KNIVES AND SHORT MEMORIES: THE SPANDAU PRISON STORY.
New York Richardson & Steirman 1987 09319334200 First American Edition Near Fine Very Good 
474 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "In 1945 seven men, once among the most powerful on earth, were locked away in a vast prison built to hold more than 600 inmates, surrounded by every conceivable escape-proof precaution. Tried and convicted for attempting to enslave the world, they were the last of what Winston Churchill had called 'the Hitler gang'. Their sentences, meted out by the court at Nuremberg, represented a gigantic step forward in the recognition of international justice. They stood condemned for their part in a campaign of organized cruelty such as history had never seen before. (This book) is the outcome of years of dedicated research. It examines the seven men themselves - their private lives, their motivation, their machinations inside Spandau, their relationships with each other and their attitudes to their crimes. Built up from conversations with their families, lawyers, friends and enemies, and, in some cases, the men themselves, from visits to Berlin made with their wives, from letters written in prison, both authorized and smuggled, and from authentic conversations between the prisoners, this aspect of the book is in itself a gripping study of human corruption. Equally extraordinary are the book's revelations about the hitherto secret diplomatic and political infighting that went on between the four Powers over the welfare and fate of the seven prisoners. The events and intrigues surrounding the jail are as spellbinding as those that occurred inside." Very minor foxing on top of text block. Dust jacket has light rubbing, tiny foxing marks at top inside edge, light browning at top of flaps, one 1" tear at bottom of rear flap-fold - archivally taped. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
STALINGRAD EN NORMANDIE:  LA DESTRUCTION DE LA VIIe ARMEE ALLEMANDE DANS LA POCHE ARGENTAN-FALAISE 31 JUILLET-22 AOUT 1944., Florentin, Eddy.
204 Florentin, Eddy. STALINGRAD EN NORMANDIE: LA DESTRUCTION DE LA VIIe ARMEE ALLEMANDE DANS LA POCHE ARGENTAN-FALAISE 31 JUILLET-22 AOUT 1944.
Presses de la Cite, Paris, 1981, 15e edition, entierement remaniee et reenrichie. 
383 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 2258008611 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. FRENCH TEXT ONLY. "Cette etonnante bataille n'avait encore jamis ete racontee dans aucun livre au monde. 'Stalingrad en Normandie' comble cette lacune . Seule grand bataille interalliee de la guerre, puisque Canadiens, Americains, Anglais, Polonais, Francias ont tenu les bords du 'chaudron', convergeant tous vers le meme village de Chambois, la bataille de la Poche de Falaise, avec ses c o u p s d e t heatre, ses atermoiements, son desordre, ses actes individuels, ses heros, ses petits villages encercles portes au rang de celebrites historiques, ses anecdotes emouvantes, ses a-cotes pittoresques, ses joies aussi, meritait d'etre r ac on te e s ou s l e titre que les combattants lui ont spontanement donne: 'Stalingrad en Normandie'...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - moderate edge wear, a few small soft creases, crease on rear cove r, a f ew scu ff s, li gh t cr ease on spine, minor foxing to fore-edge of last few pages, shelf soiling to bottom of textblock. Good reading copy only. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
METAL CANVAS:  CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART., Fochuk, Stephen M.
205 Fochuk, Stephen M. METAL CANVAS: CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART.
St. Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 1999 1551250136 / 9781551250137 First Edition Near Fine Near Fine 
191 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w and color photographs. "Airplane nose art evolved out of necessity for identifying 'friendlies' from enemy aircraft, which quickly became a powerful means of self-expression for military pilots and their crews. From national insignia, squadron markings and number/letter combinations nose art evolved into more personalized artwork, and individual pilots began sporting colourful, even outrageous schemes. Squadrons often used a special crest or colour scheme to identify aircraft in the squadron. This was an aid to groundcrews as well and helped them prepare to service their incoming aircraft during battle." Contents: Hurricanes; P-40s; Spitfires; Beaufighters; Colour Panels; Mosquitos; Typhoons and Tempests; Trainers; Wellingtons; Transport; Bostons; Coastal Command and Naval Aircraft; Halifaxes; Lancasters; Mitchells; Liberators; Other Aircraft; Bibliography; Index of Air and Ground Crew. A very minor wrinkle at top edge of spine. Dust jacket has very minor wear and wrinkle at top of spine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
METAL CANVAS:  CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART., Fochuk, Stephen M.
206 Fochuk, Stephen M. METAL CANVAS: CANADIANS AND WORLD WAR TWO AIRCRAFT NOSE ART.
St. Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 1999 1551250136 / 9781551250137 First Edition Fine Very Good+ 
191 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs. "Airplane nose art evolved out of necessity for identifying 'friendlies' from enemy aircraft, which quickly became a powerful means of self-expression for military pilots and their crews. From national insignia, squadron markings and number/letter combinations nose art evolved into more personalized artwork, and individual pilots began sporting colourful, even outrageous schemes. Squadrons often used a special crest or colour scheme to identify aircraft in the squadron. This was an aid to groundcrews as well and helped them prepare to service their incoming aircraft during battle." Contents: Hurricanes; P-40s; Spitfires; Beaufighters; Colour Panels; Mosquitos; Typhoons and Tempests; Trainers; Wellingtons; Transport; Bostons; Coastal Command and Naval Aircraft; Halifaxes; Lancasters; Mitchells; Liberators; Other Aircraft; Bibliography; Index of Air and Ground Crew. Book is in Fine condition. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of front hinge, very small light scuff on front hinge, two tiny imperfections in laminate on front panel, one tiny dent on front panel 
Price: 28.00 USD
 
 
207 Ford, Brian J. Introduction by Barrie Pitt. ALLIED SECRET WEAPONS: THE WAR OF SCIENCE. BALLANTINE'S ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II. WEAPONS BOOK NO. 19.
Ballantine, New York, 1971, first printing. 
160 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, maps. "Mountbatten's Combined Operations Unit was described by critics as 'the only lunatic asylum run by the inmates'. The flow of ideas from backroom inventors was one of the Allies most valuable reserves, from Barnes Wallis's bouncing bombs to the noise-making decoys used to combat torpedoes." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, small paper loss at bottom of spine, two very small corner creases, very light rubbing, very light browning to edges of text block, very faint creases on spine. Very Good- 
Price: 7.00 USD
 
 
ST NAZAIRE 1942:  THE GREAT COMMANDO RAID.  OSPREY CAMPAIGN SERIES 92., Ford, Ken.  Illustrated by Howard Gerrard.  General editor David G. Chandler.
208 Ford, Ken. Illustrated by Howard Gerrard. General editor David G. Chandler. ST NAZAIRE 1942: THE GREAT COMMANDO RAID. OSPREY CAMPAIGN SERIES 92.
(Osprey, Oxford, 2001), Ist edition. 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated in b&w and color with photos, maps, battle plans, drawings. "The raid on the port of St Naziare in March 1942 by a sea-borne task force from British Combined Operations, remains one of the most daring actions of the Second World War. The port lies at the mouth of the River Loire and in 1942, as well as a U-boat base, contained the massive 'Normandie' dock, the only facility on the Atlantic coast large enough to accommodate the German battleship 'Tirpitz'. This book tells the story of the raid on St Nazaire that denied the use of the dock to the 'Tirpitz', the sister ship of the 'Bismarck', and constituted a crucial victory in the Battle of the Atlantic." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine. Fine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER., Foreman, Michael.
209 Foreman, Michael. AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER.
New York Arcade 1996 1559703296 / 9781559703291 First American Edition Fine Fine Michael Foreman. 
95 pp, oblong (7 13/16" H x 10 3/8" D). Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with the author/artist's drawings and photographs. "(S)hows, throught the eyes of the boy Foreman was, Britain rebuilding (after WWII). In the summer of 1945, victory bonfires burn and the British Empire spans the globe anew. As the lads come home, the beaches are cleared of barbed wire and mines. Bomb sites become playgrounds, and blitzed gardens the occasion for a filched apple or potato. Foreman recalls the ongoing rationing, prefab houses, and baths in tin tubs; movies with Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and Robin Hood with an American accent; newspaper routes and soccer madness; school days and his discovery of the opposite sex. He also describes his development as an artist; the magical revelation of 'Treasure Island', first read aloud by a teacher; postwar comic books; his early drawing lessons; and the art school where his hobby started to become a vocation. Foreman's evocative color illustrations depict the detail of daily life and include period documents. (This book) recreates an enchanting world - a time of innocence, wonder, and the simple pleasures, illuminated by the artist's vivid memory. Here is a marvelous achievement and an enduring memoir for all ages." 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER., Foreman, Michael.
210 Foreman, Michael. AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER.
New York Arcade 1996 1559703296 / 9781559703291 First American Edition Very Good+ Very Good+ Michael Foreman. 
95 pp, oblong (7 13/16" H x 10 3/8" D). Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with the author/artist's drawings and photographs. "(S)hows, throught the eyes of the boy Foreman was, Britain rebuilding (after WWII). In the summer of 1945, victory bonfires burn and the British Empire spans the globe anew. As the lads come home, the beaches are cleared of barbed wire and mines. Bomb sites become playgrounds, and blitzed gardens the occasion for a filched apple or potato. Foreman recalls the ongoing rationing, prefab houses, and baths in tin tubs; movies with Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and Robin Hood with an American accent; newspaper routes and soccer madness; school days and his discovery of the opposite sex. He also describes his development as an artist; the magical revelation of 'Treasure Island', first read aloud by a teacher; postwar comic books; his early drawing lessons; and the art school where his hobby started to become a vocation. Foreman's evocative color illustrations depict the detail of daily life and include period documents. (This book) recreates an enchanting world - a time of innocence, wonder, and the simple pleasures, illuminated by the artist's vivid memory. Here is a marvelous achievement and an enduring memoir for all ages." Book has minor cocking. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD., Forty, George.
211 Forty, George. THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD.
London Hermes House 2005 184477743X / 9781844777433 First Edition Fine Fine 
256 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs. "(A)n authoritative directory of tanks and their immediate derivatives, such as ARVs (armoured recovery vehicles), tank destroyers, command versions, bridgelayers, mine-clearers and other Funnies. It begins with a guide to the history of the tank and its evolution: the first tank action at Flers during World War I, the Blitzkrieg of 1940, the desert war in North Africa, the D-Day Funnies of the Normandy beaches, tanks used in the jungles of Korea and Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli wars and the two desert wars of the Persian Gulf. Next, there are two A-Z directories focusing on over 230 tanks, the first covering World War I and II and the inter-war years, and the second covering the post-war years. From the world's first tank, the No. 1 Lincoln Machine 'Little Willie', to the contemporary M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, with its state-of-the- art weapons systems, the book covers a vast range of armoured fighting vehicles. Each entry includes a lively description and history, with a specification panel detailing the tank's official name, date, crew, weight, dimensions, armament, armour, powerplant and performance. All the tanks are accompanied by identification photographs, many of which are full-colour and have never previously been published together in one volume." This is a new unread book. Fine/Fine 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD., Forty, George.
212 Forty, George. THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD.
London Hermes House 2005 184477743X / 9781844777433 First Edition Fine Very Good- 
256 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs. "(A)n authoritative directory of tanks and their immediate derivatives, such as ARVs (armoured recovery vehicles), tank destroyers, command versions, bridgelayers, mine-clearers and other Funnies. It begins with a guide to the history of the tank and its evolution: the first tank action at Flers during World War I, the Blitzkrieg of 1940, the desert war in North Africa, the D-Day Funnies of the Normandy beaches, tanks used in the jungles of Korea and Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli wars and the two desert wars of the Persian Gulf. Next, there are two A-Z directories focusing on over 230 tanks, the first covering World War I and II and the inter-war years, and the second covering the post-war years. From the world's first tank, the No. 1 Lincoln Machine 'Little Willie', to the contemporary M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, with its state-of-the- art weapons systems, the book covers a vast range of armoured fighting vehicles. Each entry includes a lively description and history, with a specification panel detailing the tank's official name, date, crew, weight, dimensions, armament, armour, powerplant and performance. All the tanks are accompanied by identification photographs, many of which are full-colour and have never previously been published together in one volume." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has large crease and some associated wrinkles at bottom of rear panel, otherwise clean and bright. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TANKS AND ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES.  THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO OVER 900 ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES FROM 1915 TO THE PRESENT DAY., Foss, Christopher F., ed.  (Will Fowler, Terry J. Gander, Dr. Chris Mann, Dr. William Philpott, Alexander Stilwell, Jim Winchester.)
213 Foss, Christopher F., ed. (Will Fowler, Terry J. Gander, Dr. Chris Mann, Dr. William Philpott, Alexander Stilwell, Jim Winchester.) THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TANKS AND ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES. THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO OVER 900 ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES FROM 1915 TO THE PRESENT DAY.
Staplehurst Spellmount 2003 1862271887 / 9781862271883 Very Good+ Very Good 
544 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs, colour drawings. "(D)etails over 900 tanks, armoured personnel carriers, tank destroyers, reconnaissance vehicles, armoured cars and self-propelled guns, from the British Mk I tank of World War I to the German Tiger of World War II, and the American M1 Abrams seen today. It covers not only the major manufacturers in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Russia, but also the vehicles produced by smaller nations, presenting a complete global commentary on the world's amoured combat machines. Organized by country, then by vehicle type, you will find the manufacturing history, key dates, and main theatres of action for each machine, as well as insights into the engineering attributes and limitations of each vehicle. Each entry includes a comprehensive specification table, detailing all the essential data: armament, crew, dimensions, speed, range, engine types and power output. With authoritative text and 1,000 photographs and high-quality colour artworks, many of them showing the internal components of the vehicles, (this) is a unique reference book - essential reading for experts and general military enthusiasts alike." Book is lightly cocked, minor corner wear, light wrinkling at top of spine, light shelf soiling on bottom of text block; place, date and signature in pencil on front free endpaper; tiny scuff on rear pastedown. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, a few tiny dints and faint line indentations on front panel, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light crease down middle of spine. 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
THE COMMANDOS AT DIEPPE:  REHEARSAL FOR D-DAY.  OPERATION CAULDRON, NO 4 COMMANDO ATTACK ON THE HESS BATTERY, AUGUST 19TH, 1942., Fowler, Will.
214 Fowler, Will. THE COMMANDOS AT DIEPPE: REHEARSAL FOR D-DAY. OPERATION CAULDRON, NO 4 COMMANDO ATTACK ON THE HESS BATTERY, AUGUST 19TH, 1942.
London Collins 2002 0007111258 / 9780007111251 First Edition Very Good Very Good 
256 pp, large 8vo, (9 3/8" H). B&w maps, photographs. "History's overriding view of the Dieppe raid in 1942 is that of a catastrophic disaster, with thousands of Canadian and British troops killed or captured. Often overlooked is No 4 Commando's successful supporting element of the raid to disable the heavy German guns that threatened the supporting ships at sea. No 4 Commando's training and preparation for their part in the raid was an excellent example of operational planning, its leadership was superb and its luck held. Quite apart from this first use of Commando's, this raid was also the first instance in which US troops fired shots at their European enemy in WWII. Will Fowler has been able to interview surviving members of No 4 Commando, and with extensive research of official records has pieced together a terrific blow by blow account of one of the most daring early Commando raids of the Second World War." Light wrinkling at top of spine, remainder mark on bottom of textblock, two tiny soiling specks on fore-edge of textblock, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, minor remainder mark at bottom edge of panels/flaps. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE COMMANDOS AT DIEPPE:  REHEARSAL FOR D-DAY.  OPERATION CAULDRON, NO 4 COMMANDO ATTACK ON THE HESS BATTERY, AUGUST 19TH, 1942., Fowler, Will.
215 Fowler, Will. THE COMMANDOS AT DIEPPE: REHEARSAL FOR D-DAY. OPERATION CAULDRON, NO 4 COMMANDO ATTACK ON THE HESS BATTERY, AUGUST 19TH, 1942.
London Collins 2002 0007111258 / 9780007111251 First Edition Very Good Very Good 
256 pp, large 8vo, (9 3/8" H). B&w maps, photographs. "History's overriding view of the Dieppe raid in 1942 is that of a catastrophic disaster, with thousands of Canadian and British troops killed or captured. Often overlooked is No 4 Commando's successful supporting element of the raid to disable the heavy German guns that threatened the supporting ships at sea. No 4 Commando's training and preparation for their part in the raid was an excellent example of operational planning, its leadership was superb and its luck held. Quite apart from this first use of Commando's, this raid was also the first instance in which US troops fired shots at their European enemy in WWII. Will Fowler has been able to interview surviving members of No 4 Commando, and with extensive research of official records has pieced together a terrific blow by blow account of one of the most daring early Commando raids of the Second World War." Light toning to edges of text block, faint erased pencil marks at top of free front endpaper. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, two tiny dents on front hinge. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
FIGHTER PILOT'S SUMMER., Franks, Norman and Richey, Paul, Wg Cdr.
216 Franks, Norman and Richey, Paul, Wg Cdr. FIGHTER PILOT'S SUMMER.
London Grub Street 1993 0948817712 / 9780948817717 First Edition Fine Very Good 
248 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. The sequel to Paul Richey's acclaimed "Fighter Pilot'. "(T)he story not only of 609 Squadron's offensive war during that momentous summer (1941), when the RAF started to take the war to the enemy over Northern France, but also in part of Paul's squadron leader, Michael Robinson, DSO DFC, who also happened to be his brother-in-law, and of Paul's exploits to the end of the war. Sadly, Michael Robinson was lost over the English Channel in 1942 but Paul went on to serve under Sholto Douglas at Fighter Commander HQ, then command his old 609 Squadron flying Typhoons, before going to India and Burma." Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, light rubbing. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
FIGHTER PILOT'S SUMMER., Franks, Norman and Richey, Paul, Wg Cdr.
217 Franks, Norman and Richey, Paul, Wg Cdr. FIGHTER PILOT'S SUMMER.
London Grub Street 1993 0948817712 / 9780948817717 First Edition Near Fine Very Good 
248 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. The sequel to Paul Richey's acclaimed "Fighter Pilot'. "(T)he story not only of 609 Squadron's offensive war during that momentous summer (1941), when the RAF started to take the war to the enemy over Northern France, but also in part of Paul's squadron leader, Michael Robinson, DSO DFC, who also happened to be his brother-in-law, and of Paul's exploits to the end of the war. Sadly, Michael Robinson was lost over the English Channel in 1942 but Paul went on to serve under Sholto Douglas at Fighter Commander HQ, then command his old 609 Squadron flying Typhoons, before going to India and Burma." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE WAR DIARIES OF NEVILLE DUKE:  THE JOURNALS OF SQUADRON LEADER N F DUKE, DSO, OBE, DFC & 2 BARS, AFC, MC (Cz), 1941-44., Franks, Norman, ed.  (Neville Duke.)
218 Franks, Norman, ed. (Neville Duke.) THE WAR DIARIES OF NEVILLE DUKE: THE JOURNALS OF SQUADRON LEADER N F DUKE, DSO, OBE, DFC & 2 BARS, AFC, MC (Cz), 1941-44.
London Grub Street, 1995 1898697167 / 9781898697169 Very Good+ Very Good+ 
218 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2"H). B&w maps, photos. "Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, (Neville Duke) found himself, aged 19, as a young fighter pilot with the crack 92 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, in 1941. That spring and summer he survived the air battles over Northern France with the Biggin Hill Wing, often flying as wingman to the legendary 'Sailor' Malan - Fighter Command's top-scoring pilot at that time. In those months he learnt the fighter pilot's trade, lessons that were to prove invaluable when, in November, he was posted to a very different war in the Western Desert. Flying the famous 'Shark-Mouthed' P40B Tomahawk fighters with 112 Sqn, he quickly established himself as one of the most successful pilots in North Africa, winning the DFC and bar. By 1943 he was flight commander with his old 92 Squadron which had also become part of the Desert Air Force. Again flying Spitfires, he had scored twenty-one by the end of the Tunisian Campaign, was a warded the DSO, then given command of 145 Spitfire Squadron in Italy. Leading this unit in the summer of 1944 he brought his score to twenty-eight, returning home in late 1944 as the highest scoring pilot in the Mediterranean Theatre..." One illustration page with small corner crease. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine and rear flap-fold and tiny tear at top of rear flap-fold. 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
BUCK McNAIR: CANADIAN SPITFIRE ACE.  THE STORY OF GROUP CAPTAIN R W McNAIR DSO, DFC & 2 Bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF., Franks, Norman.
219 Franks, Norman. BUCK McNAIR: CANADIAN SPITFIRE ACE. THE STORY OF GROUP CAPTAIN R W McNAIR DSO, DFC & 2 Bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF.
London Grub Street 2001 1902304748 / 9781902304748 First Edition Near Fine Near Fine 
179 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, Spitfire profiles. "Robert 'Buck' McNair came from Nova Scotia, the second of three sons born of a mix of Scottish and German parents. As a young man he became interested in flight, and was lucky enough to be able to fly floatplanes off the Canadian lakes. When war came, he went through flight training in Canada, sailed to England, and in the summer of 1941 found himself in the newly formed 411 Squadron RCAF. Eventually this unit began flying sweeps over Northern France and he saw his first combat actions during that autumn. An aggressive fighter pilot, he was chosen by his Canadian CO to accompany him to the besieged island of Malta in the spring of 1942, to coincide with the arrival on that island of the first Spitfires." McNair went on to win three DFCs and a DSO among other awards and although he was twice wounded, his score of victories reached 16, "with others probably destroyed and damaged. This is a remarkable story of courage and heroism by one of the Second World War's top-scoring fighter pilots who inspired his men and fellow pilots in actions above the skies of France and Malta, and who, despite being almost blind in one eye, continued to lead and spur his men onto greater actions." One very tiny corner bump to front board. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BUCK McNAIR: CANADIAN SPITFIRE ACE.  THE STORY OF GROUP CAPTAIN R W McNAIR DSO, DFC & 2 Bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF., Franks, Norman.
220 Franks, Norman. BUCK McNAIR: CANADIAN SPITFIRE ACE. THE STORY OF GROUP CAPTAIN R W McNAIR DSO, DFC & 2 Bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF.
London Grub Street 2001 1902304748 / 9781902304748 First Edition Near Fine Very Good+ 
179 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, Spitfire profiles. "Robert 'Buck' McNair came from Nova Scotia, the second of three sons born of a mix of Scottish and German parents. As a young man he became interested in flight, and was lucky enough to be able to fly floatplanes off the Canadian lakes. When war came, he went through flight training in Canada, sailed to England, and in the summer of 1941 found himself in the newly formed 411 Squadron RCAF. Eventually this unit began flying sweeps over Northern France and he saw his first combat actions during that autumn. An aggressive fighter pilot, he was chosen by his Canadian CO to accompany him to the besieged island of Malta in the spring of 1942, to coincide with the arrival on that island of the first Spitfires." McNair went on to win three DFCs and a DSO among other awards and although he was twice wounded, his score of victories reached 16, "with others probably destroyed and damaged. This is a remarkable story of courage and heroism by one of the Second World War's top-scoring fighter pilots who inspired his men and fellow pilots in actions above the skies of France and Malta, and who, despite being almost blind in one eye, continued to lead and spur his men onto greater actions." Tiny wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. 
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