Almost a Boffin: The Memoirs of Group Captain E. E. Vielle, OBE, RAF (Rtd) - E. E. [Eugene Emile] VielleBristol: Dolman Scott, 2013, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine. Previous owners' name to the title page. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;
From the cover: “To continue to live life to the full at 100 years old is quite amazing! In this exhilarating, exciting and at times emotional book EE (Tubby) Vielle takes us through a life which involved several different careers. His early childhood memories draw you into a forgotten world. The threat of hunger during the Great Depression led him away from university to the RAF and flying 150 types of aircraft, not without incident!
He guides you through an unexpected account of World War II which includes mysterious happenings between scientists and some, to date unpublicised, treacherous acts with far reaching implications. His optimism, purpose and enthusiasm are what he sees as the markers for his long and fulfilling life. At age 43, having survived and thoroughly enjoyed 25 years of flying and then being faced with having to serve in desk jobs, Tubby Vielle accepted the offer of twice the salary of an Air Marshal, to retire from the RAF and become Managing Director of a company set up to develop and commercialise his invention of an airborne anti-collision system for aircraft (and ships).
He also wrote two novels which were based on his own flying experiences. Both were world-wide best sellers translated into over 20 languages. That, and the sale of the film rights for the first, resulted in Tubby taking up residence in Switzerland, writing more novels and engaging in other interesting pursuits — including becoming involved in trying to recover the Rommel Treasure from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and inventing a method of investing which, in ten years, turned £32,000 into over £7,000,000!”