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1 THE QUEENSLAND COAST & TORRES STRAIT PILOT SERVICE
E.C. Australia 1972 Card Cover Good 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
Good condition. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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CLASSIC RAF BATTLES FROM WORLD WAR ONE TO THE PRESENT, Armitage, Michael (Editor)
2 Armitage, Michael (Editor) CLASSIC RAF BATTLES FROM WORLD WAR ONE TO THE PRESENT
UK Arms and Armour Press 1995 Hardcover Very Good Good 22.5cm Various 
This book chronicles the combat exploits of the RAF from World War I up to the Gulf War. Almost 40 different events are covered with an appropriate painting used to illustrate to illustrate each one. The introduction is by Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage. This is followed by a brief biography of each of the contributing artists and authors. The artists include David Shepherd, Michael Turner, Frank Wooton, Jim Mitchell, Mark Postlethwaite, Tiro Vorster, Gordon Crosby, Philip West and John Young whilst the authors include noted historians and RAF experts such as Ken Delve & Peter Kilduff. Each battle or campaign has one page dedicated to the colour artwork and three pages of text by the author that includes a map. 28w x 22h with 171 crisp pp & a kilo to post. Faults? dj sm fault top rear. 
Price: 46.00 AUD
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Classic RAF Battles from World War One to the Present, Armitage, Michael (Editor)
3 Armitage, Michael (Editor) Classic RAF Battles from World War One to the Present
UK Arms and Armour Press 1995 Hardcover Excellent Good 22.5cm Various 
This book chronicles the combat exploits of the RAF from World War I up to the Gulf War. Almost 40 different events are covered with an appropriate painting used to illustrate to illustrate each one. The introduction is by Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage. This is followed by a brief biography of each of the contributing artists and authors. The artists include David Shepherd, Michael Turner, Frank Wooton, Jim Mitchell, Mark Postlethwaite, Tiro Vorster, Gordon Crosby, Philip West and John Young whilst the authors include noted historians and RAF experts such as Ken Delve & Peter Kilduff. Each battle or campaign has one page dedicated to the colour artwork and three pages of text by the author that includes a map. 28w x 22h with 171 crisp pp & a kilo to post. Faults? sm fclosed tear top edge of dj. 
Price: 46.00 AUD
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Malta Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of Ten Weeks of War, April-June 1942, Barnham, Denis
4 Barnham, Denis Malta Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of Ten Weeks of War, April-June 1942
UK Frontline Books 2011 Hardcover Excellent Excellent 22.5cm 
202 crisp white pp with 2 photo sections, less than 500g for posting. This memoir was written by the author as he and his fellow pilots battled against terrible odds and under constant attack. His words reflect honestly the sheer terror of flying from Malta. Barnham, who arrived on Malta as an inexperienced pilot, but grew into a battle-hardened Spitfire ace over his gruelling two hundred operational hours between 13 April and 21 June 1942. Malta was of great strategic importance to the Allies, and was pivotal to their success in North Africa as it provided the perfect launching pad for aircraft to attack Axis supply ships in the Mediterranean. the island in turn suffered intensive bombing by the German and Italian air forces as a direct result. 
Price: 28.00 AUD
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Claims to Fame the B-17 Flying Fortress, Birdsall, Steve & Freeman, Roger
5 Birdsall, Steve & Freeman, Roger Claims to Fame the B-17 Flying Fortress
UK Arms and Armour Press 1994 Hardcover Excellent Very Good 24cm 
This intensive study, by two internationally acclaimed aviation experts, follows the Fortress from its first manufacture in 1935 to its eventual demise. Along the way, experience its exploits through a fast-paced narrative, rare vintage photos of such B-17s as the "Memphis Belle" review>>> "Meticulous research...has produced a very interesting study of the B-17 in war. Categories...include the longest-serving, most damaged, shortest life, the first to fly in action, those modified to include a tail cannon and the most famous crewman....Many excellent descriptions of action are included, along with some good vintage photographs....B-17s...were not mere machines but had distinct personalities, interacting with the air and ground crews who cared about them."-- ">AirForce. 224 crisp pp, 750 g packed for post 
Price: 42.00 AUD
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6 Bishop, Patrick Bomber Boys
UK Harper Press 2007 Hardcover Good/Fair Good 24 Cm 
ex- Edinburgh lib bk so usual stamps, lib plastic cover, also apparently Scotties aren't as careful as they should be as 2 photo pp loose----grrrr & low price! Details hereThis book is written about those who actually flew, the pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, rear gunners. Most of the recollections are take from their letters. This is because the Bomber Boys formed the front line of WWII. That meant the death rate was appalling. You cannot get away from the sense of loss - Patrick Bishop has done a brilliant job of bringing the Bomber Boys to life, and latterly showing how little their achievements and sacrifice have been officially recognised. 429pp, 800g to post. 
Price: 22.00 AUD
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7 Bowyer, Chaz Bristol F2B Fighter King of the Two Seaters
UK Ian Allan 1985 Hardcover Very Good Good 24 Cm 
This book sourced from Cheshire library is Bowyer's study of this classic aircraft, the most successful British two-seater of the war, when flown like a fighter it was the equal of any single-seater - with the added benefit of a gun to protect the pilot's back. This aircraft came in operational use in 1917 to give the British pilots better opportunities to survive and overcome the battle tasks that were available. The plane was later widely distributed and completed tasks anywhere in the world by British forces and by other countries' air forces. 128pp, usual library indicators, plastic over dj, too far over the 500g so why not add a book or two to the satchel & use up that postage. 
Price: 40.00 AUD
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Target for Tonight: A Pilot's Memoirs of Flying Long-Range Reconnaissance and Pathfinder Missions in World War Two, Braithwaite, Sqd Ldr Denys
8 Braithwaite, Sqd Ldr Denys Target for Tonight: A Pilot's Memoirs of Flying Long-Range Reconnaissance and Pathfinder Missions in World War Two
UK Pen & Sword 2005 Hardcover Excellent Excellent 24 Cm 
154 crisp pp, a whisker under 500g, photo sections. The author was born of a prosperous Yorkshire family and joined the Auxiliary Air Force on his eighteenth birthday in 1939. On the occasion of Chamberlain's speech to the British nation on September 3 the situation changed dramatically and from being a 'super weekend club', his squadron was assigned coastal patrol duties. In October he was posted to Peterborough to learn to fly with the regular RAF. There followed a period of convoy protection flying Blenheims and then flying with the meteorological flight based at Bircham Newington on the Norfolk coast. Here he flew a Gloster Gladiator with a flight that had the reputation of 'flying even when the birds wouldn't'. Now a Squadron Leader, Braithwaite became acquainted with the legendary de Havilland Mosquito and flew long-range weather reconnaissance flights (PAMPA) under the control of Coastal Command. Tropical illness cut short his career & he lived to write this marvellous book - review >> It reads like a good novel in the easy fashion it is written and is one of the finest books of this genre I've read so far. Thoroughly entertaining and packed with stories, some funny, some sad, some boys own adventure, the author writes in an understated manner that makes it a joy to read. > Book in giftable condition < 
Price: 47.00 AUD
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Aircraft of World War II, Chant, Chris
9 Chant, Chris Aircraft of World War II
UK Grange Books 2000 Hardcover Excellent Very Good 17cm 
320pp jam packed with information - powerplant, dimensions, armament, performance with quality colour illustrations. approx 650g for post, why not add another book & use up that satchel allowance. 
Price: 22.50 AUD
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10 Chant, Chris German Warplanes of World War II
UK Spellmount Limited 1999 Hardcover Excellent Very Good 29.5cm 
A detailed reference guide to all the German warplanes of WWII, including the most famous Luftwaffe aircraft, including full illustrations and technical specifications. 160 crisp pp, a kilo to post. 
Price: 30.00 AUD
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11 Chant, Christopher The History of the RAF From 1939 to the Present
UK Grange Books 1996 Illustrated Board Cover Very Good No Jacket 31cm 
Faults first - 3 "ripples" in the colour lamination front cover, doesn't show inside front cover so maybe a bonding fault?? 183 snowy white pp+index, 1.3 kg for post. Christopher Chant''s The History of the RAF is an authoritative account of the RAF's exponential development in the war years and the aftermath of the jet age. 
Price: 31.00 AUD
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12 Chaz Bowyer, Armand Van Ishoven Halifax Wellington
UK Promotional Reprint Co. London 1994 Hardcover Very Good Very Good 30cm 
Halifax and Wellington originally separate vols, 127pp re Halifax at War, >> This most versatile but much ­maligned aircraft played its part in a wide variety of roles and theatres of operations - from the flak-torn night skies over north-west Europe, to the swirling sands of the North African desert; from the bleak watery wastes of the North Atlantic, to top-secret 'cloak and dagger' operations. Former Halifax crewmen add their recollections to the visual his­tory provided here by the impres­sive selection of contemporary photographs and profiles. This for­mula provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of a famous warplane, and of those who flew in Halifaxes.129 more on the Wellington at War. >>> The Vickers Wellington was RAF Bomber Command's leading twin­ engined medium bomber in its day, which was from the outbreak of war until 1943, and from then on the Wellington's specialised vari­ants went on in service through the war period and beyond until the last one, a trainer, in 1953. It was remarkable for its geo­detic structure - a feature of con­struction developed by Dr. Barnes Wallis, that made the airframe capable of sustaining enormous punishment, and yet survive the journey back to base. 1.4 kgs to post. 
Price: 27.00 AUD
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A Gremlin on My Shoulder The Story of an Australian Fighter Pilot, Cundy, Ron
13 Cundy, Ron A Gremlin on My Shoulder The Story of an Australian Fighter Pilot
Australia Australian Military History Publications 2001 Card Cover Very Good None issued 21cm Inscription and Signature of Author
154 crisp pp with bw pics throughout. post less than 500g. Ron Cundy grew up dirt poor in the depression. He barely wore shoes to school but eventually did well enough thanks partly to his WWI veteran father and mother doing it tough to provide him with a decent education. He first worked for the New South Wales state government in public service but when war came, he was pretty keen to join up. His initial assessment, due to his not so good maths marks, was an "O" for observer, a rating he was pretty distressed with. However, a chance meeting with a colleague, now an RAAF clerk, fixed this with one stroke of a pen - the O became a P...read the book for the rest! review >>> This is a seriously good book, well written with lashings of flying, humour and insight. 
Price: 42.00 AUD
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14 Darlow, Stephen Victory Fighters: The Veteran's Story Winning the Battle for Supremacy in the Skies Over Western Europe 1941-1945
UK Grub Street 2009 Hardcover Excellent/Very Good Very Good 23 Cm 
700g & 256 crisp white pp. Based on eyewitness accounts, diaries, documents, etc. analyze the author how decisions at the highest level prepared, planned and carried out by the implementing units in the second World War. The author concentrates on 6 pilots and navigators & eyewitness accounts include for Operation Overlord, the liberation of France, and VE-Day. 
Price: 45.00 AUD
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15 Darlow, Stephen Victory Fighters: The Veterans' Story, Winning The Battle For Supremacy In The Skies Over Western Europe, 1941-1945
London Grub Street 2009 Hardcover Very Good Very Good 24cm 
700g & 256 crisp white pp. Based on eyewitness accounts, diaries, documents, etc. the author analyzes how decisions at the highest level prepared, planned and carried out by the implementing units in the second World War. The author concentrates on 6 pilots and navigators & eyewitness accounts include for Operation Overlord, the liberation of France, and VE-Day. 
Price: 40.00 AUD
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16 Darlow, Stephen (ed) Fighting High World War Two Air Battle Europe
UK Fighting High Ltd 2009 Hardcover Excellent Very Good 28.5cm 
128 crisp white pages & 850g to post. Based on extensive interviews, first-hand accounts, original research, and archive sources Fighting High tells the story of those who took to the skies to oppose the Axis powers during World War Two. World War Two military aviation author Steve Darlow brings together twenty-one accounts of extreme bravery, heroism and sacrifice. The stories in Fighting High - World War Two - Air Battle Europe, Volume 1, span the entire war, from the early days of defending against the might of the Luftwaffe through to the exercising of Allied air superiority in the latter days of the conflict. Each story is told at a personal level, set within the context of the ferocious European air battle. In totality an exciting, vivid, graphic and moving account of what the airmen went through when they were 'Fighting High'. about the author >> "My interest in military aviation really began the day my father showed me the picture of the wreckage of a Lancaster strewn over a field in Belgium. My grandfather had piloted the bomber, been captured and had seen out the war behind wire. I needed to know more about who this man was and what he had done. The outcome was my first book Lancaster Down!" + Steve Darlow is a critically acclaimed military aviation author who has written numerous books detailing the experiences of those who fought during the Second World War. 
Price: 35.00 AUD
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FIVE OF THE FEW: Survivors of the Battle of Britain and Blitz Tell Their Story, Darlow, Steve
17 Darlow, Steve FIVE OF THE FEW: Survivors of the Battle of Britain and Blitz Tell Their Story
London Grub Street 2009 Hardcover Excellent Good 24cm 
Ken 'Hawkeye' Lee, Terry Clark, Tony Pickering, John Ellacombe and Pete Olver - five special airmen who earned the right to wear the Battle of Britain clasp with pride. All fought through the Battle and Blitz, all served and survived to the end of the war, but not all came out unscathed. Here are their stories, all different but with a common purpose - a collective tale of youth maturing against the backdrop of war when the stakes were at their highest. 'This story of courage and bravado, fear and heroism reminds us why so much was owed, and still is, by so many to so few.' Best of British Magazine. 254 crisp pp, 600g for post (why not use up that satchel space & add another book or 3) 
Price: 24.00 AUD
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Lancaster Down: The extraordinary tale of seven young Bomber aircrew at War, Darlow, Steve
18 Darlow, Steve Lancaster Down: The extraordinary tale of seven young Bomber aircrew at War
UK Grub Street 2000 Hardcover Very Good Very Good 24.5cm 
215 crisp pp, 700g packed for post. Faults? a small ding just below the tail-gunner (see photo) During WWII, on one raid alone, Nuremburg March 1944, more Bomber Command airmen lost their lives than were lost in the Battle of Britain. These were ordinary men who became part of extraordinary events. One such was Arthur Darlow, the author's grandfather. A pilot of a Lancaster crew in 405 RCAF crew, they were one of the legions of men who took the offensive against the enemy for most of the war. Their story, vivdly recreated here, is special. The crew's tour starts with Bomber Command's Main Offensive in late 1943. German night fighters and flak regiments defend their homeland with grim determination and losses are high. But our crew survive. Thousands do not. Darlow's crew continue, through D-Day and the invasion of Western Europe. One day though, they are shot down over Belgium, to become, in turn, prisoner, evader, casualty. Collectively they experience it all. Not romanticised but written with feeling and respect, this book should be read by all age groups. 
Price: 37.00 AUD
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19 Darlow, Steve Lancaster Down: The extraordinary tale of seven young Bomber aircrew at War
UK Grub Street 2000 Hardcover Very Good Very Good 24.5cm 
215 crisp pp, 700g packed for post. During WWII, on one raid alone, Nuremburg March 1944, more Bomber Command airmen lost their lives than were lost in the Battle of Britain. These were ordinary men who became part of extraordinary events. One such was Arthur Darlow, the author's grandfather. A pilot of a Lancaster crew in 405 RCAF crew, they were one of the legions of men who took the offensive against the enemy for most of the war. Their story, vivdly recreated here, is special. The crew's tour starts with Bomber Command's Main Offensive in late 1943. German night fighters and flak regiments defend their homeland with grim determination and losses are high. But our crew survive. Thousands do not. Darlow's crew continue, through D-Day and the invasion of Western Europe. One day though, they are shot down over Belgium, to become, in turn, prisoner, evader, casualty. Collectively they experience it all. Not romanticised but written with feeling and respect, this book should be read by all age groups. 
Price: 39.00 AUD
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The Source Book of the RAF, Delve, Ken
20 Delve, Ken The Source Book of the RAF
Shrewsbury Airlife England 1994 1st Hardcover Fine Very Good 30.5cm 
308 crisply white pp, unclipped dj, no inscriptions, 1.5kg packed to post. "The Source Book of the RAF" provides access to material not usually seen in print and brings together, for the first time, a combination of historical facts and figures based upon primary sources. The book deals comprehensively with all abbreviations used in primary sources and gives an in-depth guide to the RAF Order of Battle. The structure of the RAF is examined closely detailing Groups, Squadrons, Wings and Flights. The aircraft employed throughout its history are fully recorded, as are aircraft markings and squadron codes. In addition a complete chronology of the Service is included. The Royal Air Force was created as an independent third service within the British military establishment on 1st April 1918. During the years of World War One the nature of air power as an element of the military art had been firmly established and many now believed that here was the ultimate war-winning weapon. Over the subsequent 75 years the RAF has endeavoured, often in the face of political constraint, to remain at the forefront of technological and tactical developments, and to fulfill its role in peace and war. The history of the Royal Air Force is, to a large extent, the history of air power as many nations have looked to the example set by the RAF. Massive factual resource in great "gift-worthy" shape. 
Price: 52.00 AUD
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