Shown below are images of some of my collection now for sale.There are MANY MORE available that have not yet made their way to the website. Some great condition First Edition copies, some as new, others with great signatures inside including Dambuster, Battle Of Britain pilots, and both Allied and German veteran signatures in many of the books available. Please contact me if there is a particular book you are searching for, as I might just have it tucked away, but not yet on the site.At the last count there were over 400 available !
Wings Day Book c/w Wings Day Signature
This is a lovely condition First Edition copy (1968) telling the incredible story of Wing Commander Harry 'Wings' Day whose part in the organisation of Escapes from German Prisoner of War camps is legendary ! His was the first successful tunnel etc etc. Suitably written by Sqn Ldr, Sydney Smith DFC who spent years alongside 'Wings' during WWII, and it comes with the rare signature of Wings Day signed in April 1975. Price :- £65.00 +p+p
A View From The Office-Signed (1)
This is the story of Ron Pottinger's 6 years of service during WWII, from conscripted infantryman through to commissioned fighter pilot flying Typhoon and Tempest Aircraft with 3 Squadron to his time spent in a POW camp towards the end of the war. Beautifully signed by Ron, the book is pretty much as new. Price :- £28.00 +p+p
Guy Gibson VC Multi Signed Book
'Guy Gibson VC, The Glorious Dambuster' by Susan Ottaway, (the updated version printed in 2009), tells Guy's story from birth to his death in September 1944. In superb condition, the book is signed by Dams veteran George 'Johnny' Johnson, Colin Cole (617 Sqn), Mary Stopes-Roe (Barnes Wallis' Daughter), and Guy's Nephew Michael Penrose Gibson ! Price :- £59.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Polish Airmen in the Battle of Britain
This is a terrific fully detailed book, written in Polish and English, giving an amazing insight into the Polish Pilots who flew for the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Who, without would have been a much more difficult battle. Each pilot listed has his full RAF career in detail, and many of their aircraft are shown, with squadron colours etc to the rear of the book. Superb ! Also comes with a First Day Cover signed by Boleslaw Drobinski, one of the Polish 'Few'. Price :- £49.00 +p+p
The Forgotten Pilots by Lettice Curtis
This is the fourth edition Softback copy of this now sought after book. Telling the full story of the ATA, (Air Transport Auxillary), who, without whose work during WWII, we would have been in a sorry state. Written by Lettice Curtis and in very nice condition. Signed by Lettice Curtis ! Price :- £39.00 +p+p
Firebrand-From The Cockpit-Eric Brown-Signed
This is another excellent Ad Hoc Publications overview of historic aircraft, which largely cover British-built aircraft, mainly those that served with the Fleet Air Arm. This book covers the Blackburn Firebrand. As with all the books in this series, there is a lead author, in this case Eric "Winkle" Brown. Who better to explain the intrici's of this aircraft than the man that flew more aircraft types than anyone else in the world ! Signed by Eric Brown. Price :- £35.00 +p+p
303 (Polish) Squadron by Richard Kingd
303 (Polish) Squadron by Richard King is a book that would sit proudly on any WWII based bookshelf. It tells the story of the very often overlooked Polish Pilots and their Squadrons during one of the most critical times of the war, the Battle Of Britain. Take a look at the many excellent reviews and decide for yourself ! Absolutely as new condition. Price :- £29.00 +p+p
German Night Fighter Force-Multi Signed
I have a Brand New copy of the highly rated 'German Night Fighter Force 1917-1945' book by Gebhard Aders. The book comes with a German Night Fighter signed bookplate, with the signatures of Hauptmann Martin 'Tino' Becker (58 victories), Leutnant Karl Ludwig Johanssen, (59 victories), and Hauptmann Peter Spoden (24 victories). Absolutely as new. Price :- £59.00 +p+p
Udet A Man's Life-By Hans Herlin
A fascinating story of the life of Ernst Udet. Udet was a WWI Ace in the Luftwaffe, with 62 aerial victories, second only to his commander Manfred von Richthofen, and was the highest scoring German pilot to survive WWI. During WWII Udet was in charge of the purchase of all the aircraft etc for the Luftwaffe, a HUGE responsibility. His job was made so difficult early on during the War, that he decided to take his own life on 17 November 1941. A compelling read. Price :- £15.00 +p+p
Lettice Curtis Autobiography-Signed Copy
Here is the now sought after Hardback copy of the Lettice Curtis Autobiography. Part of the sometimes overlooked but absolutely vital ATA during WWII, this book tells Lettice's story. A great biography of a wonderful but modest woman who was a pioneer in women's aviation way ahead of many others. This book is also signed by Lettice Curtis-Rare ! Price :- £55.00 +p+p
A Penguin in the Eyrie by Hector Bolitho
This 1955 First Edition book tells the story of Hector Bolitho's time in the RAF during the War Years 1939-1945 as an Intelligence Officer with the Air Ministry and then later with Coastal Command. In the last phase of the war he moved among the squadrons that fought U- Boats, keeping them out of the Channel during the D-Day invasion. A great read told from a different side. Lovely Condition Book. Price:- £20.00 +p+p
Schneider Trophy Aircraft 1913-1931
Written by Derek N.James, the book was published to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the final running of this great event. It covers every aircraft flown during this period in great depth, and is in lovely condition. First edition 1981 hardback. It also comes with a First Day Cover signed by Air Vice Marshall S.N.Webster CBE, AFC who won the race for Britain in 1927 flying the Supermarine S5 at an average speed of 281.65mph. Possibly unique 'set'. Price :- £35.00 +p+p
Victor Boys Tony Blackman/Garry O'Keefe
Victor Boys tells the story of all the great things that were achieved, recounted first hand by the operators themselves, aircrew and ground crew. Starting with accounts by test pilot Johnny Allam. The stories are collated and set in context by Tony Blackman, ex chief test pilot of Avros. As new. Price :- £9.00+p+p
First Light- Geoffrey Wellum
One of the youngest fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain. Enlisting weeks before the outbreak of World War II, Geoffrey found himself fighting the Germans over the English Channel, a Spitfire pilot at 18 years of age. This is his story, and what a story. Possibly the best known and respected WWII aviation book. V. Good Condition 1st Edition copy c/w the correct bookplate signed by Geoffrey. Price :- £49.00 +p+p
Robert Taylor V5 Multi Signed 1
Seemingly the most sought after Robert Taylor 'Air Combat Paintings' book, Volume 5, RAF cover, in absolutely lovely condition. This book was signed by Robert on the Launch Day at Duxford 2005, alongside Wilf Sizer, Billy Drake, Bob Foster, Doug Nicholls, Viv Snell, & Jack Toombs ! If you haven't the wall space but love Robert's stunning artwork, then these books are the closest you can get. Full of his excellent work, signed by him AND the veterans... Price :- £135.00 +p+p
Hurricane R4118 Special Copy
Also featured elsewhere on this page, is this excellent story of Hurricane R4118 by Peter Vacher. This copy is the limited edition of only 45 worldwide, produced by Vector Fine Art, with Gold Letter Embossed sleeve. It comes with a special matching bookplate signed by :- J.A.Milne,Bunny Currant, E.W.Wright, Bob Foster (all 605 Sqn). Absolutely As New. Price :- £65.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
English Electric Canberra by Bruce Pennymore Halfpenny
This amazing aeroplane first flew in 1949, and wasn't retired until 2006 by the RAF ! It served in a variety of roles including those of medium conventional bomber, tactical nuclear bomber, photo-reconnaissance, night intruder, navigational trainer, maritime strike, electronic countermeasures, atomic cloud sampling and target-towing. A superb aircraft ! As new. Price :- £12.00 +p+p
Living With Heroes by Harry Humphries
There are 100s of books about 617 Squadron, but not many by someone who was there at the time. Harry Humphries was the 617 Adjutant from 1943-1945, hence the title :- 'Living With Heroes - The Story of the Dam Busters'. First Edition Hardback copy in lovely condition. Signed by Harry Humphries, and two 617 Veterans, Flt Eng Ray Grayston, (Dams Lancaster AJ-N), & Tony Iveson DFC, BOB pilot with 616 Sqn, then with 617,(27 sorties) including the Tirpitz Raid. Price :- £49.00+p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
A Willingness To Die-Brian Kingcome
I have a VERY nice condition 1st edition copy of this superbly detailed and interesting book, by one of 'The Few', Brian Kingcome. Telling his story from early beginings in the RAF in 1938 through those heady years of WWII, right from the Battle of France to the war's end, Brian was at the front line, and he was hugely respected by his fellow squadron members. A great read. Price :- £49.00 +p+p
Fighter Pilot by Bob Doe
'Fighter Pilot' by Bob Doe is one of those books that is on the 'must read list' alongside First Light, Willingness To Die etc. IN very nice condition, and comes with a First Day Cover nicely signed by Bob Doe. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
The Memoirs of Field Marshall Earl Alexander of Tunis 1940-1945
This is a First Edition copy (1962) of a fantastic book illustrated by photos from Alexander's own albums,with maps providing graphic commentary to his narrative. Thought of as one of the greatest British fighting soldiers of all time ! Cover shows signs of wear, but the book is in very nice condition. Price :- £10.00 +p+p
Dowding Of Fighter Command-Multi Signed
This is a REALLY nice condition copy of a book that really goes into detail about Fighter Command during those difficult years. It's also signed by some of the 'Few' to fully compliment the book and its' contents. Signed by :- Terry Clark, Richard Jones, Tony Iveson, & B.G.Stapleton. Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Buffaloes Over Singapore
Absolutely as new book telling the stories of the RAF, RAAF, RNZAF and Dutch Brewster Fighters in Action Over Malaya and the East Indies 1941–1942. Written by Brian Cull. Price :- £18.00 +p+p
Sigh For A Merlin 1st Edition c/w Signed FDC
Here we have the 1980 reprint of the wonderful 'A Sigh For A Merlin' by Alex Henshaw. First published in 1979, it was, and still is so popular it has had many reprints over the years. This Hardback copy is in lovely condition, AND comes with Alex Henshaw's signature in a dedication. Price :- £49.00 +p+p
Malta The Spitfire Years
With over 250 photographs (some very rare indeed) and meticulous research based on official war records and eye-witness accounts, this book is a fitting tribute to the participants of all nationalities – Maltese, British, Canadian, American, Australian, New Zealander, South African, Italian and German – who gave such courageous service and in many cases their lives. This lovely condition copy, also comes with the signature of Malta veteran Laddie Lucas. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
Harrier Boys c/w Multi Signed FDC
This is a copy of Bob Marston's 'Harrier Boys;, Volume One, hardback edition in very nice condition. This book is also supplied with a mint condition Multi Signed First Day Cover featuring the Harrier & The Launch of HMS Invincible. This cover is signed by J.F.Farley deputy chief test pilot HSA Dunsfold, J.W.Fozard, Chief Designer on the Harrier, and R.V.Turner Group Naval Architect for the Vickers Shipbuilding Group. Some great signatures to go with a superb book. Price :- £24.00 +p+p
Al Deere-Richard C Smith Multi Signed Copy
This is the Authorised Biography of WWII Pilot New Zealander, Al Deere. Al flew in the Battle Of France and over Dunkirk before being a part of the Battle Of Britain. He went on to command a flight in 602 Squadron, command RAF Kenley, Biggin Hill and then to lead the 145 French Wing in France. A great character, with a great story to tell. This book is also Multi Signed by :-Bob Foster, Peter Brown, B.G.Stapleton, R.Richardson, Ken Lee, D.Denchfield, & the author ! Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sold)
The Greatest Squadron of Them All-David Ross
Here we have 'The Greatest Squadron of Them All'. Brand New copies of these great books giving FULL detail of the history of 603 Squadron. Formation to 1941 in Volume 1, & 1941 to 2003 in Volume 2. Bought individually at £22.00 each or a pair for £40.00. I also have a special rare pair signed by the author and members of 603 Squadron. This pair is £55.00. Also in as new condition. All plus Post and Packing.
Twenty One Squadrons-J.Johnson Copy
Many book collectors look out for signatures in their books, especially if it's a first edition, as this book is, but steer clear sometimes if it's a dedication. However, this is the dedication that makes a collector smile, when it's from the Author to the highest scoring allied pilot of WWII, Johnnie Johnson. Written when the book was given to Johnnie in 1972 ! A superb book. Missing the original cover, but otherwise in lovely condition. Price :- £35.00 +p+p
Victory Fighters-Steve Darlow
Victory Fighters is largely a collection of eyewitness accounts of the struggle that raged in the skies over occupied Europe after the Battle of Britain. * As new copy, signed by S.Darlow, Ian Blair DFM,Jack Linaker (9 Sqn), & E.Quinney who flew the Lancasters in the making of the Dambusters film. Price :- £15.00 +p+p
Onward To Malta-Tom Neil
In very nice condition, this 1st edition hardback book, published in 1992, tells of Tom Neil's time as a Hurricane fighter pilot with 249 Squadron following the Battle of Britain, when they were ordered to Malta in April 1941. c/w a Tom Neil signed 'titled' white card. Price:- £35.00 +p+p.
The Blue Arena-Bob Spurdle
Robert 'Bob' Spurdle was one of the New Zeland pilots that fought during WWII. Credited with 10 Victories during the war, Bob came over to the UK, and flew Spitfires with 74 Squadron initially. Later serving with 91 Sqn during the latter part of the Battle of Britain. He later joined 16 Sqn and fought in the Solomon Islands Campaign, returning to Europe with 80 Sqn to the war's end. Hardback Copy in very nice condition. Price :- £22.00 +p+p
Supermarine-Archive Photos-Signed 1
Part of the Archive Photographs series of books, this one, featuring Supermarine, is in lovely condition, and comes with the signatures of Group Captain Dennis David CBE, DFC & Bar, of 87 Squadron, Arthur Charles (AC) Leigh of 64 Sqn, Leslie Gordon Batt of 238 Sqn and Willie Lindsay who flew a Supermarine Spitfire converted for use on water in Egypt 1943. Price :- £22.00 +p+p
Phantom Leader - Michael J Doust
This informative and entertaining book provides a rare insight into the life of a naval flying officer, and one who has flown virtually every type of Fleet Air Arm aircraft to have seen service since the war. Excellent Condition Hardcopy. Price :- £15.00 +p+p.
"Paddy: The Life and Times of Wing-Commander Patrick Barthropp D.F.C. A.F C". A real character from Barn Stomer to Battle Of Britain pilot ,prisoner-of-war, prize-winning jockey,raconteur,chauffeur, and the list goes on. This is an enthralling read from an enthralling person and true War Hero. This is the 2001 HARDBACK edition, and c/w the correct SIGNED bookplate. Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
The Few by Philip Kaplan & Richard Collier
'The Few' covers all aspects of the Battle of Britain including extracts from the diaries of the 'Few' alongside 70 Historical Photos. The introduction is written by no other than Peter Townsend. Nice Condition Book. Price :- £9.00 +p+p
Corsair Aces Of WWII-Osprey
Part of Osprey's 'Aircraft Of The Aces Series, this covers the aircraft details, and pilot information on those that flew the Vought Corsair during WWII. Very nice condition. Price :- £6.00 +p+p
Nazi Economic System Book
A very rare Hardback version of this book. This is an excellent book if you are interested in the subject matter, Dr. Nathan was an economist and scholar who held many important positions in the German government before the Nazi takeover in 1933. He left Germany at that time (1933) and went to the United States. Becoming a citizen he continued his career as an economist. Includes detailed information about the Nazi economic system.This information is VERY HARD TO FIND today. Price : £29.00 +p+p
Honouring The Few by Rick Peacock Edwards
This book is written by Historic Aircraft Association Vice President Rick Peacock-Edwards, whose Father was a pilot during the Battle Of Britain. A Cold War and Gulf War veteran, Rick does his Father proud as he Honours the 'Few' throughout this Hardback Book. Price :- £12.00 +p+p
Five Of The Few-Steve Darlow
Five of the few by Steve Darlow. Ken 'Hawkeye' Lee, Terry Clark, Tony Pickering, John Ellacombe and Pete Olver - Five special airman who earned the right to wear the Battle of Britain clasp with pride. All fought through the Battle, and all served and survived to the end of the war. A great read. As new Author Signed copy. Price :- £12.00 +p+p
Hurricane R4118-Peter Vacher
This is the fascinating story of how one of the few true survivors of the Battle Of Britain returned to our skies. Delivered new to 605 Squadron in August 1940, R4118 flew 49 operational sorties during the Battle of Britain, shooting down five enemy aircraft before being shot down itself.This is the story of the passion and determination of Peter Vacher to get her flying again. *Signed by Bob Foster who flew her in the Battle Of Britain, & Keith Dennison, R4118 display pilot. Price :- £35.00
BF109D E Aces 1939-41
Another in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series. This one covering the Messerschmitt BF109D &E variants. Packed full of great information, these Ospey books are part of MANY Aviation/Wartime book collectors collections. Softback, in very nice condition. Price :- £7.00 +p+p
No Surrender In Burma
This is the story of Lance Corporal Fred Goode, and describes his involvement in SSD2, a lesser known Special Forces Operation in 1942. A story full of danger, braveness and absolute determination in the fight against the Japanese, and his time as a POW. Powerful reading ! As new condition book. Price :- £10.00 +p+p
1000 Days on River Kwai
This book tells the story of Colonel Cary Owtram OBE. After being captured in Singapore and transported to the infamous Burma railway he was appointed the British Camp Commandant at Chungkai, one of the largest POW camps.The author bore heavy responsibility for those under his charge and the daily trauma of dealing with the unpredictable Japanese. Price :- £9.00 +p+p
Far East Air Operations
This new book includes Air Operations in Burma and Bay of Bengal,by General Wavell, & operations in South-East Asia November 1943 to May 1944,& May 1945 and September 1945, by Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park. Price :- £10.00 +p+p
Gun Button To Fire 1st Edition-Tom Neil.
The amazing story of one of 'the Few', fighter ace Tom Neil. This is a fighter pilot's story of eight memorable months from May to December 1940. 1st edition book now getting hard to find. Price:- £39.00 +p+p.
Heroes Of Bomber Command- Norfolk
Home to MANY airfields during the Second World War, Rupert Matthews book gives a huge amount of information on the Heroes of Bomber Command in Norfolk during those heady days. Sofback book in very nice condition. Price :- £7.00 +p+p
Wings On My Sleeve 1978-Eric Brown
This is a hardback copy of this much sought after book printed in 1978. During Eric's lifetime, he made a record-breaking 2,407 aircraft carrier landings and survived eleven plane crashes. One of Britain's few German-speaking airmen, he went to Germany in 1945 to test the Nazi jets, interviewing (among others) Hermann Goering and Hanna Reitsch. A great read with very good reviews. This also comes with Eric's signature on a small white card ! Price:- £59.00 +p+p.
JG26 War Diaries 2-D.Caldwell
This is volume two of a comprehensive history of the German World War II Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG26) unit. Volume two takes the JG26 from the beginning of 1943, when the American 8th Air Force first began to make its presence felt New unread copy in mint condition. Price :- £22.00 +p+p.
The Silver Spitfire-Tom Neil
Following the D-Day landings, Battle of Britain hero Tom Neil was assigned as an RAF liaison to an American fighter squadron. As the Allies pushed east, Neil commandeered an abandoned Spitfire as his own personal aeroplane. Erasing any evidence of its provenance and stripping it down to bare metal, it became the RAF's only silver Spitfire. Read this gripping story. Hardback copy that c/w the correct Silver Spitfire Bookplate signed by Tom. Price :- £39.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Stapme- By David Ross
One of the real "characters" to survive the war, and to many the quintessential image of a Battle of Britain fighter pilot.One of our top pilots during the Battle Of Britain, and then awarded the Dutch DFC for services during the Arnhem campaign. In lovely condition, this hardback copy comes with Basil 'Stapme' Stapleton's signature, as per photo. Price :- £29.00 +p+p.
Colditz The Full Story-P.R.Reid
This great book is written by Pat Reid who was the Head Of The British Escape Commitee for a spell, and was one of the few to actually escape Colditz in October 1942, but it comes with a great dedication hand written by Pat possibly during the book launch, as per the photo attached, I believe to a fellow inmate from Colditz ! A rare and unique item. Price :- £55.00 +p+p. (Sorry, now Sold)
Wing Leader-Johnnie Johnson
This is a rare First Edition copy of this great book (1956), telling the story of the top scoring Allied fighter pilot of World War II 'Johnnie' Johnson, who served with Fighter Command squadrons throughout the war, scoring his 38th and final victory in September 1944. c/w Johnnie Johnson Signed Card. Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now sold).
Winged Diplomat - P.R.Reid
Penned by the famous Pat Reid of Colditz fame, this is a superb First Edition copy (1962) of the story of WW1 Pilot Air Commodore Fred West VC. This is a great read of a great man. (This book also comes with a signed FDC with Fred's original signature). Please ask for details if required. Possibly a unique offer combining the two items. Price :- £39.00 +p+p
Receiving excellent reviews since being published, this biography by Peter Pugh, details his great work, not only with the Bouncing Bomb story, but all his work on the R series Airships in the 1920s, and his input with the aircrafts such as the Wellington. As new Hardback Copy. Price :- £29.00 +p+p.
Spitfire Women- Hardback Copy.
The story of these remarkable women pilots - among them Amy Johnson and Lettice Curtis - is a riveting account of women in wartime, and a fitting tribute to their spirit and valour. Hardcopy Version. Price :- £8.00 +p+p.
It Never Snows In September- Kershaw
This excellent work records the German view of Operation 'Market Garden' and the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Based on extensive research it uniquely chronicles that struggle through the eyes of the German soldier and analyses the reasons for the eventual outcome. Hardback Copy. Price :- £16.00 +p+p.
No Empty Chairs-Ian Macckersey
In the spring of 1917, when the world’s first great air war was at its height, the British squadrons were losing 200 pilots a month.You sat down to dinner faced by the empty chairs of men you had laughed and joked with at lunch.General Trenchard, famously ordered that there were to be ‘no empty chairs.’ The departed aviators were to be replaced the very same day. Their chairs were filled by an unceasing flow of eager volunteers. Hardback Copy. Price :- £5.00 +p+p
The Last Fighting Tommy- Harry Patch
So many WW1 veterans rarely spoke of the terrible experiences they went through, however the memories were there all the time. So as the survivors thinned out almost to extinction, Harry's attitude changed and, once unleashed, his recollection poured forth in interview after interview. And, fortunately for posterity - and for readers of this book - he committed them to paper in the last decade of his life, in his own plain, forthright style. A superb read. Hardback. Price :- £5.00 +p+p.
Sopwith Triplane Aces Of WWI (Osprey) Bo
The inspiration behind the iconic Fokker Dr I, Sopwith's Triplane was built as a replacement for the company's hugely successful, and much loved, Pup. Written by Norman Franks and a typically well put together book by the team at Osprey. Price :- £10.00 +p+p
Those Other Eagles
I have a Brand New (unread) copy of this hugely in depth book (over 600 pages),by the renowned author Christopher Shores. With excellent reviews, this is a great addition to any WWII book collection. RRP for this book is £50.00, my price is £25.00 +p+p.
D-Day Bombers-Veterans Story
A brand new unread copy of "D-Day Bombers, The Veterans Story" by Steve Darlow. As with all of Steve's books, it's written from the heart as well as the Veterans own words.It is told using considerable first-hand experience from the veterans of the campaign, so accurate and vivid memories from those actually there. Very good reviews. Price £12.00 +p+p
Yorkshire Airfields Of WWII-Osprey
Patrick Otter provides a full account of the part played by Yorkshire's airfields during the Second World War. The history of each airfield is described with the squadrons and aircraft based at them and the main operations flown. Price :- £7.00 +p+p.
Five Of The Many- Steve Darlow
Another great book from the pen of Steve Darlow.The enthralling stories of Wellington pilot Rupert Cooling, Wellington and Mosquito pilot Jack Goodman, Halifax pilot Joe Petrie-Andrews, Lancaster pilot Tony Iveson and Halifax and Mosquito navigator Harry Hughes transport the reader into the intensity of the bomber battle over western Europe. Price:- £5.00 +p+p
No Passing Glory- A. Boyle
A rare 1st edition copy of the Biography of Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, by Andrew Boyle. In great condition for a book now 53 years old ! Price :- £15.00 +p+p (Now Sold)
Spreading My Wings-Signed Copy
Diana Barnato Walker came from a very privileged background with a famous racing driver Father Woolf Barnato, but needed to 'escape' so took up flying at a young age. Diana became one of the first and best known female pilots in the ATA during WWII, and went on to fly after the war, becoming the first female to fly through the sound barrier in a Lightning in 1963. A compelling story of a very special Woman. A VERY rare copy signed by Diana ! Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
RAF in WWII Multi Signed-Vector 1
A wonderful selection of WWII veterans that have signed the bookplate in this book. Limited to only 10 worldwide, it includes famous Test Pilot Neville Duke, and two of those who were part of 'The Great Escape' namely B.A.'Jimmy' James no.39 out of the tunnel, and Richard 'Dick' Churchill who was No.63. William 'Tex' Ash is also on there who wrote the highly acclaimed book 'Under The Wire' A full list will be given with the book. As New Condition. Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Desert Wings-P. Holloway-Neville Duke's Own Copy !
Another book that has a VERY SPECIAL dedication written in. This time from the Author Peter Holloway to none other than WWII Fighter Ace, and famous Test Pilot, Neville Duke DSO, DFC, OBE, AFC ! This was Neville's own copy of this very highly rated book, telling the story of Flt Lieutenant Arthur Weller DFC, and his time in his Hurricane the Western Desert 1939-41. In Very Nice condition. Price :- £25.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
The Hurricane II Manual-1976 Version
Now 45 years old, this very nice condition Hardback Copy of The Hurricane II Manual, comes signed by Philip G Lucas, who was a test pilot for the Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest Aircraft, and then Hawker General Manager from 1946-1967, and Duncan Simpson who was a Hawker Test Pilot from 1954, & became Chief Test Pilot in 1970. Squadron Leader John Crampton, Hawker Technical Sales Manager, and I believe David Bainbridge Hawker PR Manager. Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
The Mouchotte Diaries 1940-1943
Rene Mouchotte's story is one well worth reading about. This is a highly rated WWII book, and tells of his 'rise' from unknown pilot escaping from Oran in 1940, to highly respected RAF pilot during WWII. Respected by those Above as well as below him in rank, thanks to his courage and integrity, and was Pierre Clostermann's hero.(Now there's a compliment) ! 1956 First Edition Copy. Price :- £24.00 +p+p (Sorry, Sold).
The Forgotten Few Book-Multi Signed Copy
The Polish Pilots of WWII were often the 'Forgotten Few'. VERY MUCH a vital part in the RAF's battle against the Luftwaffe, especially during the battle of Britain, this is the story of those Polish Pilots by Adam Zamoyski. This hardback copy, in very nice condition is also signed by the following :- A.Ostrowski, F.Kornicki, T.Andersz, H.Sawicki, S.Nawarski, J.Mencel, M.Jankiewicz, S.Rhyll, & F.Pavey ! Full information comes with the book. Price :- £59.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
The Invisible Thread A Spitfire's Tale-Multi Signed
First Edition Hardback copy in superb condition, signed by the Author Dilip Sarkar, and comes with a MULTI Signed correct bookplate created specially for this book. (No.95/100). Signed by :- D.Crowley-Milling, D.Scott-Malden, P.Brothers, H.Dundas,, 'Buck' Casson, J.Stokoe, R.Stillwell, W.Walker, H.Welford & Kazik Budzik ! Price :- £49.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
Honour Restored-Multi Signed Copy.
Here is an absolutely As New copy of this superb Battle of Britain book by WWII Pilot Sqn Ldr. Peter Brown AFC, that comes signed by the following B.O.B. veterans, alongside Brown :- B.G.Stapleton, T.Iveson, R.Haine, S.Duff, K.Lawrence, L.Davies. K.Wilkinson, D.Denchfield, & Geoff Nutkins who's artwork is used on the front cover. Price :- £59.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
A Spitfire Girl-Mary Ellis c/w signed Bookplate
As New hardback copy of this lovely book, written by a lovely lady, Mary Ellis (Wilkins). Once again part of the absolutely vital ATA during WWII, Mary tells her story of those times. Flying so many types of aircraft, 76 in fact, and over 400 Spitfires ! A great read about one of those brave women who were so much part of our War effort. This book comes with the correct bookplate, signed by Mary. Price :- £35.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
The Secret War of Charles Fraser-Smith-SIGNED COPY
Often thought to be the inspiration for 'Q' in the Bond Films, this book is the story of Charles Fraser-Smith. During World War II, Fraser-Smith worked for the Ministry of Supply, fabricating equipment nicknamed "Q-devices" (after Q-ships) for SOE agents operating in occupied Europe. A fascinating read about a fascinating man. (I've attached the Wikipedia link below). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fraser-Smith RARE Hardback copy, c/w his signature ! Price :- £30.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
Signed-Late Marque Spitfire-Osprey
One of the excellent range of Osprey Books about the Aircraft and pilots of WWI & II. This one is entitled 'Late Marque Spitfire Aces 1942-45'. It's in as new condition, and comes signed by the one and only George 'Grumpy' Unwin (19 Squadron). Price :- £24.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
First Kill-Wladek Gnys-First Edition
I have for sale a First Edition hardback copy of this rare book, 'First Kill' by Wladek Gnys. The book is in very nice condition, but also c/w a Rare First Day Cover signed by Wladek Gnys ! Price :- £65.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
There Shall Be Wings-Multi Signed Book
An excellent book by Max Arthur, 'There Shall Be Wings' covers RAF history from 1918 to 1993. Told mostly in the words of those that were there, this particular copy is Multi Signed by many featured throughout the book, including Laddie Lucas, and ATC pilot Diana Barnato Walker. However, the stand out, and very rare signature is that of WWI Ace Gwilym H.Lewis. A possibly unique edition of this book ! Price :- £75.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Hess A Kiwi Malta Ace by James Sutherland
A rare book to find in the UK, as published in New Zealand in April 2000. It tells the story of New Zealand born Raymond Brown Hesselyn who flew with 249 Squadron during the summer months of 1942 in Malta. Along with fellow squadron member George Beurling, they were to become a vital part of the aerial warfare over Malta with a total of 38 victories between them, Beurling being the highest scoring ace of the campaign with 26. Rare Author Signed copy ! Price :- £30.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Bitter Monsoon by Oliver Moxon
This is a First Edition copy printed in 1955 tells the memoirs of RAF pilot Oliver Moxon. Flying Spitfires at 19, he went on to fly Hurricanes against the Japanese, crashed and was then 'touring' the Burma front as a journalist. This great book is also signed by WWII veterans, Byron Duckenfield, Bob Doe, and Peter Ayerst ! Price :- £39.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Tale Of A Guinea Pig-Geoffrey Page-Signed
With so many books of stories by Fighter Pilots during their years during the second world war, Geoffrey Page set about putting a book together covering that aspect, of course, but also the huge mental and physical effects his severe injuries had on him, and his fight to pull through. It also gives a huge 'nod' to the skills and efforts of all those that helped him through it all. Lovely condition, second edition,(1981), hardback copy, SIGNED by Geoffrey Page ! Price :- £35.00 +p+p (Now Sold).
Living With Heroes-Multi Signed 617
'Living With Heroes' written by 617 Sqn Adjutant, 1943-1945, Harry Humphries. The Dambusters Story told by someone who was there at the time. c/w a STUNNING collection of 617 signatures, and that of Guy Gibson's cousin. Signed by :-Harry Humphries, R.Grayston, T.Iveson, S.Grimes, L.Munro, J.Bell, L.Trent VC, K.Lucas, J.Langston, B.Ambrose, F.Tilley, A. Poore, G.McDonald, G. 'Johnny' Johnson, F.Sutherland, C.Cole, C.Avey, B.Goodman &Janet Penrose de Gaynesford. Price :- £85.00 +p+p (Sold).
Storming St.Nazaire by James G Dorrian
Storming St. Nazaire tells the story of the daring raid, codenamed 'Operation Chariot'. This daring raid to destroy the only Dock where the German Battleship 'Tirpitz' could be accommodated was one of the bravest during the whole of WWII during March 1942. Not only is this a compelling read, told through the men that took part, it also coms with the Rare signature of Major General Corran Purdon CBE, MC CPM who was awarded the Military Cross for his part in the raid ! Price :- £39.00 +p+p Sold
A Harvest of Memories by Pauline Gower MBE
This is a very hard book to find these days, (only one I can find is on Amazon @ £60), and, apart from heavy fading to the spine area as can be seen on the photo, this 1st Edition Hardback book is in lovely condition. It tells the life of Pauline Gower MBE from childhood through to the war years. A compelling read, especially for those who take an interest in everything to do with Female Pilots /ATA etc. Price :- £39.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Laurels For Prinz Wittgenstein Multi Signed Book
'Laurels For Prinz Wittgenstein' is written by Luftwaffe Ace Werner Roell who flew 477 missions during WWII, & was part of the famous JV44 Sqn, The book tells the story of Prinz Wittgenstein who himself flew 320 missions credited with 83 Night time victories, but died at the age of 27 when his JU88 was shot down. The book comes with a Multi Signed B'Plate:- W.Roell, H.Herrmann, W. Falck, G.Rall, H.Cramer & Friedrich Ostheimer ! Full pilot information c/w the book. VGC. Price :-£49.00 +p+p Sold
Jean Batten-The Garbo Of The Skies
A very full account of the life and great adventures of New Zealand Pilot Jean Batten, one of the Aviation 'greats' during the 1930s. Her spectacular flights ranked alongside those of Amy Johnson & Amelia Earhart yet her name is nowhere near as well known. A fascinating read about a hugely interesting and brave woman and aviator. This book also c/w a First Day Cover signed by Jean Batten. Price:- £12.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)
The Everlasting Arms-John Searby
Quite a sought after book these days, it has very good reviews, and is edited by the much respected Martin Middlebrook. This copy is also signed by Martin, who has added the phrase, " for the memory of Air Cmdr John Searby, DSO, DFC" below his signature. It also has a lovely connection to John Searby, in that it is an ex Spalding Grammar School Library copy, the very school attended by John Searby ! In lovely condition. Price :- £29.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold).
Fighter Squadron-Dizzy Allen
'Dizzy' Allen,DFC (19 March 1919 – 31 May 1987) was a Royal Air Force officer and commentator on defence matters. He fought during the Battle of Britain and was a flying ace of the Second World War, scoring 8 victories. His Very honest writing gives some new insights on WWII aviation history. Hardback Copy. Price :- £22.00 +p+p. (Sold)
Tuskagee Airmen Multi Signed Book (3)
The Tuskagee Airmen is the story of these brave pilots during WWII as told by Charles E Francis and Adolph Caso, and goes into great/fascinating detail. Not only is it a rare book to find now, and a great read, it comes with the signatures of no fewer than 8 veterans of the 'Tuskagee' squadrons ! Full details given of each signature with the book. Rare. Price : £55.00 +p+p (Sorry, now Sold)