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Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Author: Alan C. Deere
Publisher: Crecy Pub
ISBN: 0907579825
Pages: 284
Year: 1991
The autobiography of New Zealand's most famous RAF pilot. These are the accounts of his fantastic luck in escaping from seemingly impossible situations.
Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Author: Alan C. Deere
Publisher: Time Life Custom Pub
ISBN: 0809497662
Pages: 262
Year: 1993-01-01

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Author: Alan Christopher Deere
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 255
Year: 1970

Warburton's War

Warburton's War

Author: Tony Spooner, Chris Goss
Publisher: Crecy Pub
ISBN: 0907579434
Pages: 204
Year: 2004-08-01
Adrian Warburton (known to all as Warby) was one of the most highly decorated pilots of the war. Fearless in the air, he won fame in Malta for his invaluable photo reconnaissance work at Taranto, Sicily and North Africa, So invaluable that he was ordered NOT to make detours to shoot down enemy planes, yet he shot down nine! A below-average misfit with 22 Squadron of Coastal Command Warby was sent to Malta to avoid trouble in the UK, and guided by an understanding Australian, quickly became famous. Known at first as a loner, he was given his head by AOC Air Vice Marshal Hugh Pughe Lloyd and the spectacular results he achieved enabled his unconventional behaviour to be over-looked. With his glamorous girl-friend Christina, the two became part of Malta's legend, symbols of the island's resistance. Still in Malta, Warby later became CO of first 69 Squadron and then 683 PR Squadron. After contributing greatly to the success of the Sicily landings, for which he was personally thanked by General Alexander, he commanded 336 PR Wing in North Africa. By then he was working closely with the Americans with whom he got on so well, as he did with the Canadians and South Africans. After a serious car accident, which caused him to be grounded, he returned to the UK and, thanks to his friendship with Elliott Roosevelt, the President's son, took up a liason job with the US PR Group at Mount Farm. On April 12, 1944 Warburton departed in an American aircraft on an unusual mission over Europe. Both plane and pilot disappeared without trace, giving rise to a host of rumours that his disappearance was intentional. Only now almost 60 years later, can the mystery be solved with the discovery of both aircraft and human remains near Munich in Germany. Based on interviews with nearly 150 of Warby's colleagues, and fully updated with recently unearthed information, Warburtons War paints a picture of a fascinating man, who over 350 operational missions from Malta alone became a living legend in that much bombed and beleaguered island.
Flying Start

Flying Start

Author: Hugh Dundas
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1848844425
Pages: 224
Year: 2011-08-01
This is the autobiography of Group Captain Sir Hugh Dundas CBE, DSO, DFC, who was one of the most distinguished fighter pilots of World War II. He writes of his wartime experiences, and particularly of his period as Squadron Leader and Wing Commander and his involvement in the Battle of Britain.
Spitfire!: The Experiences of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot

Spitfire!: The Experiences of a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot

Author: Brian Lane
Publisher: Brian Lane
ISBN: 882285487X
Pages:
Year: 2016-10-11
Lane was the author of Spitfire!, originally published in 1942 under the pseudonym B.J. Ellan. The book is a first hand account of his experiences as a front line Spitfire pilot and is one of only a few contemporaneous autobiographical accounts of the life of a Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot.
Spitfire, Return to Flight

Spitfire, Return to Flight

Author: Brendon Deere, Gavin Conroy
Publisher:
ISBN: 0473167115
Pages: 304
Year: 2010
The history of the Spitfire and Spitfire PV270, the career of Alan Deere, the experiences of the pilots in the Battle of Britain and the modern pilots, a detailed look at the restoration of this Spitfire and a photographic view of this Spitfire in action.
Wing Leader

Wing Leader

Author: Group Capt. J. E. Johnson
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1786259958
Pages: 261
Year: 2016-07-26
The thrilling 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. From the moment the author joins his first operational Spitfire squadron in August 1940, the reader is taken on an epic journey through the great aerial fighter actions of the war including the Battle of Britain, sweeps across the Channel and over France, Dieppe and Normandy; and finally, operations across the Rhine and into Germany itself. “No one who wants to know what the air war was really like—anyway from the point of view of the fighter squadrons—can afford not to read this book by one of the most deservedly famous fighting officers in the short but glorious history of the R.A.F. “The story, of course, is magnificent—the record of the brilliantly successful fighting career, from the Battle of Britain to victory in Germany, of the man who shot down more enemy fighters than any other R.A.F. officer. Group Commander Johnson writes nearly as well as he flies and fights—which is saying a good deal....A modest, straightforward, often superbly graphic account of nearly five years of fighting in the air.”—Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John C. Slessor, FLIGHT Magazine “...will delight the professional airman and give the layman a view of combat air war that is rarely seen in a ‘popular’ account.”—Air Force Magazine “Some of the best descriptions of combat in the air during World War II. The book is filled with many episodes that move as swiftly as Spitfires and Hurricanes...enough solid action to satisfy the most ardent adventure fan. At the same time he outlines air force training, planning and combat so skillfully that his well-written book is also a valuable treatise on the subject.”—The New York Sunday Times Book Review “...absorbing and well-written personal account. A highly interesting narration of the human side of an airman’s life throughout the war.”—Herald Tribune Book Review
Sky Tiger

Sky Tiger

Author: Norman L. R. Franks
Publisher: Crecy Pub
ISBN: 0907579833
Pages: 216
Year: 2011
In less than 15 months 'Sailor Malan' rose to be Britain's premier WWII fighter pilot. A born leader, superb shot and exceptional tactician Malan tested his skills over Dunkirk and later in his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain. This book tells his story.
Men of The Battle of Britain

Men of The Battle of Britain

Author: Kenneth G. Wynn
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1473847680
Pages: 606
Year: 2015-07-07
Since it was first published in 1989, Men of the Battle of Britain has become a standard reference book for academics and researchers interested in the Battle of Britain. Copies are also owned by many with purely an armchair interest in the events of 1940. The book records the service details of the airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain in considerable detail. Where known, postings and their dates are included, as well as promotions, decorations and successes claimed flying against the enemy. There is also much personal detail, often including dates and places of birth, civilian occupations, dates of death and place of burial or, for those with no known grave, place of commemoration. There are many wartime head-and-shoulders photographs. Inevitably the high achievers who survived tend to have the longest entries, but those who were killed very quickly, sometimes even on their first sortie, are given equal status. The 2015 third edition will include new names and corrected spellings, as well as many new photographs. Plenty of the entries have been extended with freshly acquired information. The stated nationalities of some of the airmen have been re-examined and, for example, one man always considered to be Australian is now known to have been Irish.
The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

Author: John Frayn Turner
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1848842430
Pages: 256
Year: 2010-05-19
Originally published: Shrewsbury, England: Airlife, 1998.
Post-Communist Democratization

Post-Communist Democratization

Author: John S. Dryzek, Leslie Holmes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521001382
Pages: 300
Year: 2002-06-13
This book examines the way democracy is thought about and lived by people in the post-communist world.
Wings Aflame

Wings Aflame

Author: Doug Stokes
Publisher: Crecy Pub
ISBN: 0907579728
Pages: 221
Year: 1999-08
The acclaimed biography of Victor Beamish, the legendary Irish RCAF aerobatic ace and RAF station commander during the Battle of Britain.
'Sailor' Malan

'Sailor' Malan

Author: Philip Kaplan
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 1781590451
Pages: 192
Year: 2013-01-01
'I do not think that Malan could join a squadron without improving it, however good it was. Not by sword-waving, but by a strength of mind and integrity that are at once recognisable and effective...he was the best pilot of the War' – Air Commodore Al Deere, C.B.E., D.S.O., D.F.C. Malan was thirty years of age during the Battle of Britain, old for a fighter pilot, but his maturity gave his leadership a firm authority. The Battle of Britain produced many airmen of great skill and accomplishment; high achievers who made their mark in one of history's most memorable and demanding campaigns. But only a few of these men distinguished themselves in such a way as to become legends in their own lifetimes. Among the greatest of these was Sailor Malan. Here is the story of this talented man, eloquently told by Philip Kaplan who manages to strike a balance between objectivity and reverence in order to commit Malan's story to paper. Featured too are a series of evocative black and white illustrations which supplement the descriptive text and work to create a real sense of the character of the man, flourishing as he did in this dramatic wartime context. As Malan continues to inspire young Aviators, this record looks set to preserve his legacy for a new generation of pilots as well as hardy Aviation enthusiasts.
Dogfight

Dogfight

Author: David Owen
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473830680
Pages: 360
Year: 2015-06-20
Innumerable books have been published on the two most famous fighter aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109. But books setting out to tell the story of both aircraft are very much rarer - probably fewer than the fingers of one hand. Yet their joint story is one which bears retelling since both were essential to the air campaigns of World War Two. Incredibly, the men who designed them lacked any experience of designing a modern fighter. R J Mitchell had begun his career working on industrial steam locomotives, Willy Messerschmitt had cut his aeronautical teeth on light and fragile gliders and sporting planes. Yet both men not only managed to devise aircraft which could hold their own in a world where other designs went from state-of-the-art to obsolete in a staggeringly short time, but their fighters remained competitive over six years of front-line combat. Despite the different ways their creators approached their daunting tasks and the obstacles each faced in acceptance by the services for which they were designed, they proved to be so closely matched that neither side gained a decisive advantage in a titanic struggle. Had either of them not matched up to its opponent so well, then the air war would have been a one-sided catastrophe ending in a quick defeat for the Allies or the Axis powers, and the course of twentieth century history would have been changed beyond recognition.