Ivelaw-Chapman, John. (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.)
Title HIGH ENDEAVOUR: THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC.
Book Condition Very Good+
Jacket Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Leo Cooper 1993
0850523168 / 9780850523164
Seller ID 29371
164 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman was a remarkable man who had the good fortune to be born in an era when his particular talents were allowed to develop to the full. Just old enough to take part in the earliest days of aerial combat in the First World War, he was in uniform until well after the jet engine had taken command of the skies. His son John, who has edited his memoirs, makes clear that Sir Ronald was a typical Edwardian English Gentleman. This, he explains, is vital to the understanding of the man. The moral precepts of the Edwardian era remained with Sir Ronald throughout his life, and if some of them seem stiff and outdated in these more relaxed days, they certainly sustained him throughout a long and adventurous career. The book not only covers the most vital years in the development of the RAF in which Sir Ronald played a significant part but is also packed with drama at high level. Not many Englishmen, let alone future Air Marshals, were ever under sentence of death at the orders of Sir Winston Churchill himself. Sir Ronald has been well served by his editor. His son is never blinded by filial respect and, as he served in the Royal Air Force himself, he is familiar with the Service background. He is also qualified to explain what it was that made his father and the military men of that generation a unique band of Happy Warriors whose loyalty and service to the British Crown is already a fading memory." Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light rubbing, two tiny dents on front hinge and one on rear hinge.