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Royal Air Force   27 Books
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Atlantic Bridge. The Official Account of R.A.F. Transport Command's Ocean Ferry. 1st Ed., 75pp., photos. & maps. HMSO. 1945  #52964
[HLMainPic] Fairly common work in a series of works produced by HMSO celebrating various aspects of WW2 ops., but a very nice copy bound iin half blue morocco by Birdsall, retaining orig. dec. wraps, near fine with armorial bookplate of Geoffrey Ronald Codrington [ie. Col Sir Geoffrey Ronald Codrington KCVO CB CMG, DSO, OBE, TD] & later ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £10
Frontier Warfare - India (Army & Royal Air Force). 1st Ed., [iii]+vii+229pp., fldg. map & 8 fldg. diagrams. New Delhi: Govt. of India Press. 1939  #57682
[HLMainPic] Published by Authority, "This manual is concerned with military operations against the tribesmen of the unadministered tribal territory which lies between the Indo-Afghan frontier - often termed the Durand line - on the west & the administrative border of British India on the east." Possibly the first official training manual to include co-operation of air & land forces on the NWF (although largely devoted to land operations, i.e. road protection &c.), based on "long & constant experience of warfare on the NWF & is intended as a guide to the conduct of operations by the two services & to indicate how they can best co-operate to obtain their common object." Orig. mustard cloth covd. boards, prinyed title to sp., minor wear, generally VG, this copy issued to 10th Bn. 12th F.F. Regt. in July 1939, with their ink stamp & loosely inserted slip "... Received 25 copies..." Rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
On the Attack of a Gun-Defended Bomber By A Rocket-Bearing Fighter. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [ii]+45pp., diagrams/graphs. Aberdeen, MD: Ordnance Dept. Ballistic Research Labs. 1946  #45138
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED contemp. intelligence report: "examines some aspects of the problem of attack of a gun-defended bomber by a rocket-bearing fighter in a stern attack... the bomber is assumed to be able to fire continuously during the fighter's attack, while the fighter releases a given load of rockets in one or two salvoes, or at a constant rate of fire. For various assumed levels of fire-power for bomber & fighter, the optimum release ranges for the fighter's rockets are determined..." (the reporters having concluded that the most important factor in the fighter hitting its mark was the fighter releasing its rockets at optimum range: "If the rockets are released too soon, the chance of hitting is small. If release is delayed too long, the chance that the fighter will be itself destroyed before it can destroy the bomber is large.") Typed & signed letter from Ord Dept Director at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Field, Alabama, forwarding this report, stapled inside front wrap.. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
Regulations for the Pay & Allowances of the Royal Air Force. (Provisional) (Including Appointment, Promotion & Non-Effective Pay). 1918. F.S. Publication No. 4. Orig. buff wraps., 23pp. HMSO. March 1918  #17053
Printed on 25th March 1918. Fragile.   £20
Representative Enemy & Allied Aircraft: Comparative Performance & Characteristics. TAIC [Technical Air Intelligence Center] Manual No. 2. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [iii]+47pp., silhouettes of aircraft throughout. Anacostia, DC: Issued by the Division of Naval Intelligence by Combined Personnel of United States & British Services for the Use of Allied Forces. Oct. 1944  #45136
CONFIDENTIAL (& next to this ink stamped RESTRICTED) contemp. intelligence report contains technical spec. of around 120 types of British, German, American & Japanese aircraft, i.e. presumably just about all then in service (from fighters such as the Spitfire to heaviest bombers like the Superfortress), with details such as Speed-Climb-Ceiling, Range, Take-Off, Engines, Dimensions, Armament, Protection (armour), Fuel, &c, plus front, side & top silhouettes of each aircraft. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
Sea Survival. Interim Reprint pending 3rd Ed., 41pp., sketches throughout. HMSO. 1969  #51963
[HLMainPic] Official Air Ministry pocketbook, PAM (AIR) 224, on survival after ditching at sea. First printed in 1957, 2nd Ed. in 1966 & this printing in 1969. Attractive orig. dec. wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £10
Secret. GHQ ME Survey Discussion, Cairo, 18-19 May 1943. Directors: MGRA, DMT, DD Survey. Rare original report, 26pp., foolscap, dup. typescript stapled into card wraps. with title to front. MT1, GHQ, MEF. Contemp.  #53505
[HLMainPic] Report of a conference on Survey held at Cairo including: The Organisation & Working of a Recce Wing, Western Desert Air Force Alamein to Tunis (Notes from a lecture by Maj. R.E. Ferens, GII [Air] Eighth Army); The Deployment of RA & RE Survey Units (Notes from a lecture given by Lt.-Col. J.T. Whetton, OC 4 Survey Regt. RA); Information from Air Photographs (Notes from a lecture by Capt. R.R. Dalton, OC, AAPIU [Western Desert Det.] - "It has been conclusively proved that air photos. can supply so much information not avilable from other sources that the establishment of the AAPIU Eight Army has been increased from 3 officer interpreters to 11 offrs & a number of draughtsmen & clerks. In the near future the establishment will be doubled. Air photos are required at all stages of a campaign - from planning to assault, & the subsequent exploitation. The best results have been obtained from decentralisation" &c.). Further sections detail the use & dissemination of information from air photos., preparation of defence overprint maps, map distribution in 8th Army. No indication of number of copies printed/distributed, but stated SECRET & evidently for the use of the small number of officers engaged in this work so doubtless a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £225
The Air Force List Spring 1973. Active list, with index. Orig. blue printed wraps., VG ex-lib.  #37781
[HLMainPic] See illustration on our website.   £10
The Air Force List: January, 1932. Orig. wraps., VG with stamp of Durham TAF to front. Containing details of officers' postings to Squadrons, various HQs., Commands &c., also retired list & reserve lists. Fully indexed. See illustration on our website.  #55212
The Air Force List: January, 1937. Orig. wraps., VG with stamp of Inspector of Recruiting, RAF, to front. Containing details of officers' postings to Squadrons, various HQs., Commands &c., also retired list & reserve lists. Fully indexed. See illustration on our website.  #55213
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