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Royal Air Force   28 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
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, 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
[HLMainPic]   £65
The Air Force List: June 1939. Orig. wraps., VG with stamps of Junior Army & Navy Club. Containing gradation lists &c., also retired list & reserve lists. Fully indexed. See illustration on our website.  #55215
[HLMainPic]   £65
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. July [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 27pp., 4 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, July 1919].  #53289
[HLMainPic] The first of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. No.3. September [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 24pp., 5 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, Sept. 1919].  #53293
[HLMainPic] The last of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
BARCLAY (George) Fighter Pilot: A Self Portrait. 1st Ed., 224pp., portrait frontis. & approx. 30 other photos., 3 maps. VG in dw. Kimber. 1976  #57926
[HLMainPic] Battle of Britain pilot; later shot down over France, evaded capture & made his way to Spain. Re-employed in the Middle East he was shot down over El Alamein in 1942 & KiA. His own account/diaries. Inscribed: "Presented to Royal Air Forces Escaping Society by Richard Barclay brother of R. George A. Barclay the Author of the Diary 27th July 1987" & another interesting inscrip. below. See illustration on our website.   £20

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