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Airfields of the Eighth Then and Now / UK Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now by Roger A. Freeman (£61.00)Publisher: London: Battle of Britain International Limited — 1996Binding: Hardback in Slip Case in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0900913940]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Both dust wrappers have slight rippling to the upper panels. Slip case in fine condition. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice set. Description: 8th edition. [First Published: 1978] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Red Leatherette boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240/256 pages. Tags: 0900913096 0900913800 united states army air forces force ninth history 8th bases american england east anglia airports war 1939-1945 aerial operations britain military aerodromes airfields stations warfare aircraft
P&P: UK 1st £13.50. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £22.06. EU Air £21.60. ROW Surface £22.06. ROW Air £41.72

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The Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945 by Jonathan Falconer (£29.00)Publisher: Sutton Publishing — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0750918195]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the dust wrapper a little rubbed otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Jacket illustration: The crew of 50 Squadron's Lancaster III, ED810 'Z-Zebra' prepare to board before a night raid in Spring 1943. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Night after night through six long years of war RAF Bomber Command’s squadrons pounded away at the cities of Nazi Germany in a determined effort to bring the Third Reich to its knees. Pitted against Bomber Harris’s aircrews and aircraft were some of the most effective and deadly defences the world has ever seen. For Bomber Command to launch a ‘maximum effort’ raid on the Ruhr by night, or a low-level strike on an enemy target in occupied Europe by day, a huge amount of planning was involved.

Why, when and where were the bomber airfields built? Who decided the strategic bombing policy? How was the overall command structure organised, from the Air Council down to individual bomber squadron level? How did the RAF train its bomber crews? What aircraft did they fly and what weapons did they use? Who were their commanders and who were the men that made up the rank and file of the Command? How was a raid planned and, once it was launched, what happened? What aids did crews use to navigate to the target and evade enemy defences? What kinds of uniform and flying kit did they wear? What awards and medals were they eligible to receive? These questions and many more are answered in the most comprehensive review yet of Bomber Command’s organisation and operations in the Second World War.

The legacy of Bomber Command in the 1990s is revealed in a detailed listing of museums and memorials nationwide. A series of comprehensive appendices list all RAF bomber airfields, their user squadrons, aircraft and commanding officers, operational statistics and a detailed war diary.

The Bomber Command Handbook is fully illustrated with 200 archive photographs and is an indispensable addition to the reference bookshelves of all who have an interest in the RAF and its controversial bomber offensive during the Second World War.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 280 pages. Tags: great britain royal air force bomber command history world war aerial operations british unit histories biography second forces uniforms airmen biographical aeronautical engineering aircraft aeroplanes aviation operational commands
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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with the Airmen by Claude Grahame-White In Collaboration with Harry Harper (£24.00)Publisher: London: Henry Frowde Hodder and Stoughton — 1913Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with heavy sunning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' gift inscription to the half-title page. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Diagrams; Portrait to the frontispiece;Notes: Illustrated by Cyrus Cuneo & Max Millar. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Illustrated Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 283 pages. Tags: biplane pilots hangars airfields monoplane bleriot aeroplane accidents danger variable speed machines weight-carrying airways aerial military airmen aerodrome bomb-dropping air-scout commercial
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22

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Signifying Nothing: The Story of All My Yesterdays by A. W. Felton (£19.50)Publisher: The Pentland Press — 1992Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 1872795455]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Ex-library with usual marks. Appears to have been rebound for library use although the jacket blurb is tipped in.Description: Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". [XIV] 280 pages. Tags: felton naval unit histories navies air force second world war children youth young people cadets cadet forces and establishments stations bases airfields youths british royal corps raf halton manston hawkinge rcaf medicine technical training establishment operations 1872795455 first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Somewhere in the West Country: The History of Bristol (Whitchurch) Airport 1930-1957 by Kenneth Wakefield (£14.00)Publisher: Crécy Publishing — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947554653]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “During the Second World War Bristol’s Whitchurch Airport became Britain’s main air gateway to the free world. Service chiefs, foreign and British diplomats, Prisoner-of-War mail ( via neutral countries), and much else, passed through the airport, as did many important people. Among the latter, to name but two, were Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President of the USA, and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. Other famous personalities passing through included film stars Bob Hope, Edward G Robinson and Bing Crosby, in Britain to entertain American forces. But security in wartime was paramount and Whitchurch Airport was never mentioned by name. Instead, news reports about the arrival or departure of celebrities referred only to an airport somewhere in the West Country . This is the book of that airport.

Although a history of Whitchurch, other aspects of aviation in the West Country are covered, including the pre-war expansion of civil and military flying. But much of the book is about the important part played by Whitchurch in wartime, when it was occupied by British Overseas Airways Corporation, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the Air Transport Auxiliary and the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It concludes with an account of the difficult early post-war period and the events which led to the airport’s closure in 1957. This is a comprehensive history of one of Britain’s most important early airports and covers a period, seen by many, as the Golden Age of British civil aviation.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Yellow boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 174 pages. Tags: kenneth wakefield 0947554653 first editions firsts printings 1st whitchurch airport history 20th century pictorial works airports england bristol aeronautics domestic trade business organisation air force unit histories forces great britain netherlands present day second world war transport industry civil aviation airlines british overseas airways corporation boac airfields stations bases transportation services raf auxiliary klm royal dutch
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Essex Airfields in the Second World War by Graham Smith (£13.00)Publisher: Countryside Books — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 185306405X]Condition: Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight, but has a slight kink to the entire block. A good reading copy and more. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [2]; Chapter Headpieces;

From the cover: “Essex has been associated with aviation from the earliest days of flight. During the last war, its proximity to London and to the coast of occupied Europe made it inevitable that it would be in the front line of Britain’s defences.

By the end of the war Essex had no fewer than 23 operational military airfields, all but three of them (Hornchurch, North Weald and Debden) built since 1939. The desperate months endured by ‘The Few’ in the Battle of Britain were followed by the arrival of the USAAF’s ‘mighty’ Eighth Air Force in 1942, and later by groups of the Ninth, in a huge build-up of air power that carried the war across the North Sea into the heart of Germany.

This book describes the history of each airfield — both RAF and USAAF — and highlights the major operations and raids carried out from them. The effects of the war on the daily lives of the people of Essex and the constant dangers they suffered, are also detailed.

Graham Smith’s action-packed book vividly recalls the days and nights when Essex skies echoed to the roar of Hurricanes, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Marauders, Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Flying Fortresses.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 287 pages. Tags: smith 185306405x world war aerial operations british great britain american air bases england essex history forces airports force unit histories local usa second airfields stations
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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British Airports by Leo Marriott (£11.50)Publisher: Ian Allan — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0711020760]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small sticker to the first blank. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “It is a sobering thought that, around the world, over 1,000 million passengers are boarding scheduled airline flights every year and the figure is constantly increasing. Added to this are millions of charter passengers as well as others on private or business flights and all of these have one thing in common — they will begin and end their flight at an airport. Those with an interest in aviation affairs will inevitably concentrate their attention on the aircraft themselves, perhaps the most exciting machines ever invented by man, but from the very earliest days aviators have always been dependant on support from the ground. Of course, their original demands were few, any reasonably flat area would do for taking-off and landing and a few gallons of fuel could be easily carried in cans. However, early aircraft were fragile and at the mercy of the elements and so some sort of weatherproof shelter soon became a necessity. As aircraft got larger and heavier, they needed longer take-off and landing runs and so aerodromes became larger, although still very small by modern standards.

Since the early years technical improvements in aircraft design have forced airport authorities to provide better facilities such as longer runways, larger terminals, radar, runway and approach lighting, and instrument landing systems.

This book attempts, through the medium of photographs, to show some of the history of our airports and how they have grown and developed over the years. While all the major airports have been covered in varying detail, an effort has been made to include a large cross section of the many smaller or less busy airfields which, nevertheless, play an important part in the communities they serve. As far as possible aerial photographs have been used as these best show the airfield layout and are useful for comparative purposes.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Then & Now series. 160 pages. Tags: 9780711020764 history world aeronautics transportation airports great britain pictorial works aircraft interest aerospace air transport industries engineering technology european other than ireland aviation leo marriott 0711020760 then now first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Military Airfields of the Central South and South-east by Chris Ashworth (£10.50)Publisher: Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0850596084]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Number 9 in the series. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Plans;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Action Stations series. 313 pages. Tags: action stations britain royal air force history bases unit forces airfields war aerial operations british aerodromes warfare united kingdom military aviation technology
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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