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609 Squadron at war – James Douglas Earnshaw

An Auxiliary Fighter Squadron's 72 Months of Active Service 1939- 1945.

Signed in the book by the following 609 veterans:

Joe Atkinson, Ken Adam,
Doc Bell, Pinkie Stark,
Jimmy Stewart, Rik Dupre,
Jan Mathys, Allan Billam,
Albert Le Force, Alan Ensar,
Tom Kerr, Danny Barker

Limited Edition no. 212 of 609 total.

Hardcover

Publisher: Vector Fine Art

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Like New

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    Vulcan Boys: From the Cold War to the Falklands. Signed by Tony Blackman (Author) Chris Read

    Publisher: Grub Street

    Publication Date: 2014

    Binding: Hardcover

    Book Condition: Very Good

    Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

    Signed: Signed by Author

  • The Vulcan, the second of the three V bombers built to guard the UK during the Cold War has become an aviation icon like the Spitfire, its delta shape is instantly recognisable as is the howling noise it makes when the engines are opened for take-off. Vulcan Boys is the first Vulcan book recounted completely first hand by the operators themselves. It tells the story of the aircraft from its design conception through the Cold War when it played out its most important job as Britain's nuclear deterrent; before unbelievably, at the end of its service life, also playing a significant role, with its bombs and missiles, in liberating the Falkland Islands for which it gained much celebrity.   
    • The individual accounts detail how hours at a time were spent on readiness, waiting to be scrambled to defend their country in the event of a third world war. In addition how their aggressive skills were honed by carrying out Lone Ranger sorties flying to the States and westward around the world, and taking part in Giant Voice and Red Flag, competitive exercises against the United States Strategic Air Command. The attacks in the Falklands using Shrike missiles are described accurately and in great detail for the first time including the landing at Rio de Janeiro alongside a vivid account of Black Buck 2. Vulcan Boys is a fascinating and completely authentic read reminding us of the Cold War, how it was fought and the considerable effort required to prevent all-out nuclear war.

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Meteor Boys - Steve Bond - Signed on publication day!

This a new copy that was signed on the day of release a Duxford by the author and a number of personal with significant connections to the Meteor as detailed on the attached paper. 

Grub Street is proud to present Meteor Boys, the latest title in its ever-popular Boys series. As Britain s first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor has had a remarkably varied and lengthy life. But whilst many books have focused on its development and service history, the time has come to hear the personal experiences of its air and ground crews. By interviewing over thirty veterans, author Steve Bond has written an incredibly detailed insight into this iconic aircraft, which is supported by anecdotes and accounts from those who knew it best. One example is Alan McDonald who described the Meteor as 'a bit unforgiving if you got it wrong, as many pilots found out to their cost, especially on one engine, but I must admit I got to like it very much it was a great adrenalin rush.' Alongside these entertaining anecdotes are details of the Meteor's origins and developments. Starting with the first deliveries in 1944 working through to the present day, Steve Bond documents the diverse role which the Meteor has had. From use in operations against the V1, photo-reconnaissance missions, as a training machine and later a display aircraft particular attention is given to its major service period of the 1950s through to the early 1960s. The book will also feature photographs never seen before in print. This detailed history of this iconic and much loved jet fighter will appeal to all aviation fans.

  • Publisher : Grub Street Publishing (16 Sept. 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1910690260
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1910690260
  • Dimensions : 15.75 x 2.54 x 23.62 cm

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Javelin Boys: Air Defence from the Cold War to Confrontation

Title: Javelin Boys: Air Defence from the Cold War to Confrontation

    Publisher: Grub Street

    Publication Date: 2017

    Binding: Hardcover

    Book Condition: Brand New

    The Gloster Javelin was the UK's first line of night and all-weather air defence both at home and in RAF Germany. In the 1950s, when it replaced the Meteor and Venom, this revolutionary bomber/interceptor became the focus of many great stories told here in terrific detail. With an unorthodox aerodynamic design, the Javelin initially had major production issues, which involved a tendency for engines to self-destruct under certain conditions. Despite this and the criticism it faced - its nicknames included 'Flying Flat-Iron' and 'Harmonious Dragmaster' - the aircraft still receives much affection from its former aircrew.   

    • Starting from the first deliveries of Javelins in 1956 until the final withdrawal from RAF squadron use in 1968, Javelin Boys describes adventures in Cyprus, Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation and Zambia during the Rhodesian declaration of UDI. In this period a total of 434 Javelins were built, with their use spanning across eighteen different squadrons. Steve Bond has interviewed a number of veterans, all with captivating tales of their time on the aircraft. Alongside their anecdotes is a detailed history of this unusual aircraft, accompanied by photography never seen before in print. This book is bound to appeal to all aviation fans.



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Lightning Boys - 2 X Volumes !


Title: The Lightning Boys: True Tales from Pilots of the English Electric Lightning. Vol 1 & 2 Both Author signed plus signatures of multiple pilots.

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: Mint plus Mint Dust Jacket

According to a recent international study, the Lightning is the fifth most popular military aircraft of all time. It has many thousands of devotees who are a ready market for this timely and entertaining book which, with over twenty individual stories from former Lightning pilots, relates the highs and lows, the dramas and the demands of those who operated this iconic aircraft from the sharp end. Tales include the recollections of an aerobatic display pilot, an implausible yet true account of telepathic communication, and an extraordinary episode when a Lightning pilot on an exchange programme with the French Air Force became embroiled in a mid-air collision. An unverified yet probably genuine world record is revealed in one of the chapters. In addition to the original photographs that accompany the text, the renowned aviation artist Chris Stone (himself a former Lightning pilot) has provided a unique sketch as well as copies of some of his paintings. The style, scope and pace of the writing in this book will appeal to the general reader as well as to the enthusiast


The sequel to the best-selling The Lightning Boys, Lightning Boys 2 continues the theme of tales from pilots and other crew connected with this iconic aircraft, giving a rare insight into postwar fighter operations. In 20 separate stories to intrigue, amaze and amuse, the book has been compiled and written by Richard Pike, himself a former Lightning pilot. The reader is taken to situations as diverse as intercepting 60 plus enemy aircraft, a desperate struggle in a cockpit flooded by tropical downpours, the difficulties of being affected by sudden and painful toothache at high altitude, and the curious encounter with an unidentified flying object. Yet another chapter paints a dramatic reconstruction of a scene in Germany when a Lightning, having entered an inadvertent, out-of-control spin, began an earthwards plunge towards a town centre.

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Title : Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945 - Ray Sturivant & Mick Burrow.

Near fine, very rare.

  • This is a long since out print book published in 1995. It is considered to be the bible of Royal Naval Aviation in WW2. 
  • Outstanding volume from Air Britain and an indication of the art of research. This is a very necessary volume of the study of the Fleet Air Arm. It contains the history of every aeroplane operated by the Royal Navy in WW2.
  • A scarce and important reference work
  • This book is the result of a huge amount of research work by the authors and it shows. It contains information available nowhere else and is a must for the serious naval historian of WW2.
  • With service details of every Aircraft operated by the FAA in WW2 this book is amazing. Plenty of photographs, pilot details, individual aircraft history a must for the serious researcher.
  • Publisher : Air Britain Historians Ltd; First Edition (1 Aug. 1995)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0851302327
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0851302324

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Finest Hour - Tim Clayton & Phil Craig

Signed by a number of Battle of Britain pilots including Neville Duke, Tony Pickering and Gordon Parkin

First edition  1999

This powerful and incisive account of the events of 1940, told through the voices, diaries, letters and memoirs of the men and women who survived it - and those who lost their lives - provides fascinating and often controversial new insights into the conflicts and the politics of the period. Finest Hour tells the story of how Britain's darkest hour eventually became its finest.


' Craig digs beneath the time-worn legend of stiff-upper-lip English pluckiness to show a far more complex, more human and more moving picture of the human spirit under stress. An intriguing collection of Britons, rich and poor, give vivid, wonderfully told examples of cowardice becoming valor, of shrapnel-swapping among blitz-happy schoolboys, of a summer of exceptional natural beauty and obscenely unnatural death ... The BBC have ... rarely produced any finer hours than these.' - Washington Post

  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton 1999
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0340769211
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0340769218

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    Flight of the Enola Gay….. Signed on the title page by Paul Tibbets and the Enola Gays Bombadier Thomas Ferebee - RARE

  • 1997 Paperback. Condition: Fine. 2nd Printing. Inscribed "Paul W. Tibbets  & Thomas Ferebes.
  • On August 6th, 1945 Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, of the 509th Bomber Group and pilot of the Enola Gay, received his orders and in the early morning hours roared down a runway bound for Hiroshima. The B-29 Superfortress lifted off Tinian Island at 2:45AM for the six and one half hour flight to Hiroshima. At 31,600 feet, with a ground speed of 328 m.p.h., a bomb weighing 9,700 pounds, containing 137.5 pounds of Uranium 235 was released. The firebomb that erupted was equivalent of thirteen thousand tons of TNT and thousands of degrees hotteer than the surface of the sun. It melted granite and vaporized people leaving only their shadows on the few remaining buildings left standing in the city after the blast.
  • Very scarce signed by Tibbets

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Squadron leader Tommy Broom DFC - Tom Parry Evans,

Signed by Tommy Broom and other pathfinder crews.

Tommy Broom is one of the RAF's most legendary and popular heroes of World War II. He joined the service at eighteen years of age in 1932 and after service in the Middle East, he first saw action against Germany in a Fairey Battle during 1939 with No 105(B) Squadron. He continued to serve with 105 Squadron until November 1940, a period that included the disastrous Battle of France and the low-level attacks on the Channel ports to destroy the invasion barges, in both of which actions the squadron suffered severe losses. Having completed more than his share of front-line flying he was transferred to 13 Operational Training Unit at Bicester, to teach the influx of newly-trained navigators the additional skills required for combat situations. He returned to 105(B) Squadron in January 1942 to complete a further tour.In August of the same year he was again posted to the educational role. In May 1944. He then returned to front-line flying until the end of the war, belonging to numbers 571(B), 128(B) and 163(B) Mosquito Squadrons.

  • Publisher : Magna Large Print Books; (15 May 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 326 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0750530251
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0750530255

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Master Bombers - Sean Feast
The experiences of a Pathfinder Squadron at war Signed by the author, Ron Clark, Edward Stoch, Roy Pengelley


The Pathfinders were the corps d'elite of Bomber Command, the command that had been leading the fight back against Germany even before the fall of France in 1940. Formed in July 1942, the Pathfinder force was tasked with marking targets and leading bomber formations to the right place at the right time in order to cause maximum devastation to the enemy. Pathfinder crews consisted of members who had flown a minimum of 45 operational sorties and while they were no doubt the best of the best, the force was made up of individuals from all ranks and backgrounds. Even amongst these elite there were gods, and these took the form of the master bombers.The Master Bomber, as the name suggests, was the aircraft in charge of the whole attack, it was the Master Bomber who determined the accuracy of the target indicators dropped by the primary visual markers, and what further marking or illumination was required. It was the Master Bomber that would transmit instructions over VHF radio to the main force telling them what coloured markers to ignore and what to bomb, exhorting them on to greater consistency. It took the proverbial nerves of steel to obit high above the bomber stream over the target area, in constant fear of attack from fighters or flak, sometimes for over an hour. "Master Bombers" is a comprehensive and detailed exploration of the key figures involved in Pathfinder operations throughout World War Two. This book is from the author of "Heroic Endeavour”.

  • Publisher : Grub Street; Illustrated edition (30 May 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1906502013
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1906502010

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Spitfire “A test pilots Story” Jeffrey Quill.
Signed By Jeffrey Quill (Development test pilot of the Spitfire) and Alex Henshaw. (Production test pilot of the Spitfire)

A near fine copy, very rare to find these two pillars of the Spitfire’s signatures in the same place!

Description 

This is the story of an exceptional test pilot and RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilot, Jeffrey Quill, who took charge of some of the most important military aircraft of his time.

Jeffrey Quill, was commissioned in the RAF in 1931. He joined Vickers Aviation in 1936, and rose to become Chief Test Pilot at Supermarine. Best Remembered for his work on the Spitfire, with which his name is inextricably linked, he played a major part in the testing of the prototype and the entire development of the aircraft. Starting with lively descriptions of the Royal Air Force in the mid 1930s, Jeffrey Quill moves on to cover his fascinating test flying experiences where he took charge of some of the most important military aircraft of that time. He flight-tested every variant of the immortal Spitfire, from its experimental, prototype stage in 1936 when he worked with its chief designer,  R J Mitchell , to the end of its production in 1948.

Using his first-hand experience of combat conditions fighting with 65 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain, Jeffrey Quill helped to turn this elegant flying machine into a deadly fighter aeroplane.
 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

ISBN: 9781910809303

Binding: Harback

Dimensions: 234mm x 156mm

Pages: 336

Photos/Illus: Over 30 B&W photos


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TEST PILOT - Neville Duke DSO, OBE, DFC (2 bars) AFC, Czech Military Cross 

Signed on the title page by Neville Duke in pencil Grub Street, London, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Fine. TEST PILOT Neville Duke. Grub Street Publishing, London.1997 First Thus. ISBN 1904010407 194pp Illustrated Paperback.

This copy is in fine, bright, white and tight condition in illustrated card covers as issued. Neville Duke is well known in aviation circles, not only as a successful fighter pilot, but also as a test pilot with the Hawker Aviation Company.

Joining the RAF at the start of the war, he found himself in 1941 with 92 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill. That spring and summer he survived the air battles over Northern France with the Biggin Hill Wing, often flying as wing man to the famous and legendary 'Sailor' Malan - Fighter Command's top-scoring pilot at that time. Towards the end of the war he became an RAF test pilot and later a member of the RAF's High Speed Flight. This was the start of a successful career as a test pilot after leaving the Service in 1948, having been awarded the AFC. Working for Hawkers, he became Chief Test Pilot and did all the major flight development on one of the most famous of all RAF peacetime aircraft - the Hawker Hunter, and with it took the world speed record in 1953. 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of this record. Neville later set up his own test flying business, as well as becoming the personal pilot of Sir George Dowty. He worked for years as a freelance and highly respected test pilot, working on the Optica, Fieldmaster and Firemaster airplanes.

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