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Royal Air Force   19 Books
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Berlin Airlift: An Account of the British Contribution. Prepared by the Air Ministry & The Central Office of Information. Text by Dudley Barker. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 62pp., 4to, num. photos. & other illus., several maps. HMSO. 1949  #62027
[HLMainPic] Fully illustrated account of the impressive supply operation to West Berlin consequent to the Russian blockade. Chipped edges, generally VG & uncommon survival. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
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 Air Force List: Sptember, 1938. Orig. wraps., VG. Containing details of officers' postings to Squadrons, various HQs., Commands &c., also retired list & reserve lists. Fully indexed. Scarce. See illustration on our website.  #61236
[HLMainPic]   £90
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.   £35
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.   £35
"SPIN" [Pseud. of G.E. Thomson, Recording Officer, 46 Sqdrn. RFC] Short Flights with the Cloud Cavalry. 1st Ed., 218pp. H&S. nd (c.1918)  #62178
[HLMainPic] Sketches of service with the RFC/RAF, Western Front, by an Observer. Orig. blue dec. cloth, rather worn but sound. See illustration on our website.   £20
BRIDGMAN (Leonard) With a Commentary by Oliver Stewart, MC, AFC. The Clouds Remember. 1st Ed., xiv+128pp., col. frontis., 41 b/w plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Gale & Polden. nd (c.1930).  #58348
[HLMainPic] Forty-two fine drawings by Leonard Bridgman depicting almost all of the aircraft employed by the RFC & RAF 1914-18, including the Maurice Farman Longhorn, BE2, RE8, Sopwith Pup, Camel, Dolphin &c., Nieuport Scout, Bristol Fighters, SE5, Spad, DH2 &c., each drawing accompanied by detailed notes on the characteristics, capabilities, technical qualities & operational use of the machine depicted, including Oliver Stewart's personal observations as a decorated RFC ace pilot. Stewart was commissioned in the Middlesex Regiment in Oct. 1914; transferred to the RFC in 1915. After a brief stint with 22 Squadron, he moved on in 1917 to 54 Squadron to fly a Sopwith Pup. Beacme a flight commander, nicknamed 'Stewpot', was promoted to major in June 1918, & given command of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment. He was later an aviation journalist. Nice copy & rare, especially in dw, with G&P file library bookplate. See illustrations on our website.   £225

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