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Royal Flying Corps   22 Books
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BISHOP (Lt.-Col. W.A., VC, DSO, MC, RFC) Winged Warfare. 1st Ed., [iii]+301pp., portrait frontis., 5 plates. H&S. 1918  #45111
[HLMainPic] Canadian fighter ace's classic memoirs. Orig. dec. cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
DREW (Lt.-Col. G.A.) Canada's Fighting Airmen. 1st Ed., viii+305pp., 28 plates. Toronto: Maclean. 1930  #45413
Biographies of 12 Canadian pilots & much of interest. Sp. rubbed & worn o/w VG.   £14
DREW (Lt.-Col. G.A.) Canada's Fighting Airmen. 1st Ed., viii+305pp., 28 plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Toronto: Maclean. 1930  #55283
[HLMainPic] Biographies of 12 Canadian pilots & much else of interest. VG & scarce in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
FITZHUGH (Percy K.) Tom Slade with the Flying Corps. 1st Ed., [vii]+244pp., frontis. & several other plates by R. Emmett Owen, photographic eps. VG in sl. chipped dw. NY: Grosset & Dunlap. 1919  #53921
[HLMainPic] In a series of popular boys' stories, 'Tom Slade, Boy Scout' &c. In this story he is a pilot in the Firts World war. Nice copy in attractive illustrated dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
GLEESON (Joe) Irish Aces of the RFC & RAF in the First World War: The Lives Behind the Legends. 1st Ed., 245pp., 24 photos. VG in dw. Fonthill Media. 2015  #57070
[HLMainPic] Biogs. of 29 distinguished Irish flyers. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
GREY (C.G.) Ed. All the World's Aircraft. Originally Known as "All The World's Airships." (War Flying Annual). Seventh Year of Issue: 1916. 1st Ed., 77pp. adverts. & 263pp. text, oblong 4to, photos. & diagrams throughout. Sampson Low, Marston & Co. 1916  #55579
[HLMainPic] Important illustrated source on the aircraft of all nations at this time: Part A - Aeroplanes & Airships of the World. Part B - Historical Aeroplanes of the Last Fourteen Years. Part C - The World's Aero-Engines. The British section includes roll of aviators killed previous to the outbeak of the 1914 war, also a roll of the 2253 Aviator's Certificates granted by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain up to January 1916, at which date "the publication of certificates was wisely stopped by the Admiralty & War Office, as likely to indicate to the enemy the numbers of aviators available." The roll contains the pilot's certificate number, rank & regiment, date test taken, type of machine used & location. As well as types of machine, various other matter re aerodromes & manufacturing companies, abbreviatiobns, &c., with complete indexes of aeroplanes & dirigibles. Orig. blue cloth, silver gilt to front & sp., sp. little rubbed & sl. chipped o/w VG & rare, & this copy muchly extra-illustrated with contemp. news clippings &c., inc. 4 coloured postcards of machine, plus ms. notes. (Some of the extra illus. overlaying portions of adverts, most utilising blank spaces.) Nice, interesting copy. See illustrations on our website.   £225
JONES (F/L Ira, DSO, MC, DFC, MM) King of Air Fighters: Biography of Major "Mick" Mannock, VC, DSO, MC. 1st Ed., xv+303pp., portrait frontis., 22 photos. Nicholson & Watson. 1934  #57139
[HLMainPic] Scarce biog. by fellow ace pilot in 74 Sqdr. (& one of the most highly decorated pilots of the First World War) who knew Mannock well. Orig. black cloth, blocked red, very nice copy with nice author inscription:'To A.J. Holladay with the Compliments of the Author. Ira Jones (alias "Taffy") Nov. 13th 1934.' VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £225
JONES (Sqdrn.-Ldr. Ira, DSO, MC, DFC, MM) An Air Fighter's Scrapbook. 1st Ed., 332pp., portrait frontis., 15 plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Nicholson & Watson. 1938  #55366
[HLMainPic] Fine personal memoir of Western Front scout pilot & ace. Served with 74 Sqdrn. RFC/RAF & credited with destroying 28 enemy aircraft & three balloons. Post-war in North Russia, Iraq & Egypt. He knew T.E. Lawrence as AC Shaw in the 1920s. Orig. black cloth, titled in red, near fine in sl. chipped & sp.-sunned dw, & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £125
LEIGH (Howard) Planes of the Great War. Foreword by Capt. W.E. Johns. 1st Ed., 111pp., 4to, 50 plates. VG in sl. tanned dw. Hamilton. 1934  #57227
[HLMainPic] Howard Leigh's delicate & accurate, finely detailed pencil drawings of Allied & enemy aircraft, each tipped-in facing a description/notes on the machine depicted. Orig. black cloth, gilt, near fine in sl. tanned but scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £65
MACLEOD (Col. R., DSO, MC) An Artillery Officer in the First World War. Dup. typescript in card covs. with cloth backstrip, label to front, foolscap format, [iii]+244pp., 19 maps & sketches. Unpublished memoirs privately circulated by the author. nd (c.1965).  #57537
[HLMainPic] MacLeod started the war as a subaltern in 80th Batt. RFA, was severely wounded during the Retreat from Mons, but rejoined in time to serve at Neuve Chapelle, Festubert & Aubers Ridge in 1915; on the Somme in 1916 he was attached to the RFC as a Liaison Officer & records much of interest on artillery observation work, &c. Early in 1917 he was appointed to command "A" Battery, 240 Bde. RFA, then "C" Battery, 241 Bde. at Passchendaele & onwards, including the Asiago Plateau in 1918. Exceptionally observant, substantial, detailed & unpublished memoirs of the war on the Western Front, with copy letter from the Librarian of the Imperial War Museum, Miss Rose Coombs, acknowledging receipt of a copy in 1965: she comments on various aspects of MacLeod's narrative, including his participation in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle & his work with the RFC, adding: "I do not think I have ever read a more detailed & competent account of the life of an artillery officer in the Great War, & know that we shall find the volume a mine of information concerning the little things, the everyday occurrences which never get a mention in an official history, as well as the views of the battles in which you were engaged, which will be most useful to both museum staff & historians carrying out research." Minor wear, VG & highly recommended. See illustrations on our website.   £450

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