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|[an error occurred while processing this directive]|Author: FRANKS, NORMAN, ED. (NEVILLE DUKE.) Title: The War Diaries of Neville Duke: The Journals of Squadron Leader N F Duke, Dso, Obe, Dfc & 2 Bars, Afc, Mc (Cz), 1941-44.
Description: London, Grub Street. 1995. (ISBN: 1898697167) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 218 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2"H). B&w maps, photos. "Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, (Neville Duke) found himself, aged 19, as a young fighter pilot with the crack 92 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, in 1941. That spring and summer he survived the air battles over Northern France with the Biggin Hill Wing, often flying as wingman to the legendary 'Sailor' Malan - Fighter Command's top-scoring pilot at that time. In those months he learnt the fighter pilot's trade, lessons that were to prove invaluable when, in November, he was posted to a very different war in the Western Desert. Flying the famous 'Shark-Mouthed' P40B Tomahawk fighters with 112 Sqn, he quickly established himself as one of the most successful pilots in North Africa, winning the DFC and bar. By 1943 he was flight commander with his old 92 Squadron which had also become part of the Desert Air Force. Again flying Spitfires, he had scored twenty-one by the end of the Tunisian Campaign, was a warded the DSO, then given command of 145 Spitfire Squadron in Italy. Leading this unit in the summer of 1944 he brought his score to twenty-eight, returning home in late 1944 as the highest scoring pilot in the Mediterranean Theatre.." One illustration page with small corner crease. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine and rear flap-fold and tiny tear at top of rear flap-fold. Very Good+/Very Good+.
Keywords: Neville Duke, Squadron Leaders, Fighter Pilots, Test, Hawker Aviation, Raf, World War Ii, 92 Squadron, Biggin Hill, Sailor Malan, Fighter Command, Western Desert, P40b Tomahawk, 112, 145, North Africa, Spitfires, Tusisian Campaign, Diaries. 1898697167
Price: US$ 32.50 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 25950
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