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New York: Simon & Schuster. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1943. Hardcover. 121 pages, ca. 200 illustrations, maps, cloth, 8 by 11 inches, very good. From the foreword by General H. H. Arnold: "This book, the official story of the VIII Bomber Command's first year of combat operations in Europe, is a testament to American men and machines and an American idea. " From Wikipedia: "VIII Bomber Command was the heavy bombardment arm of Eighth Air Force — which also came to include a large intelligence, photo interpretation, and mission planning staff in the early days of the strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany and Nazi-controlled Occupied Europe. Its primary mission was to attack and destroy strategic targets to cripple the Nazi industrial base in Northern Europe which supported their armed forces. With the advent of the invasion of Fortress Europe, a controversy developed between continuing that effort, or switching to bombing transportation networks leading into western France from the German frontier. " ., Simon & Schuster, 1943, Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. 0850598508 . 160 pages, well illustrated (some in color) , cloth, DJ, very good. From Wikipedia: "Wing Commander Roland Prosper "Bee" Beamont CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (August 10, 1920 — November 19, 2001) was a British fighter pilot and test pilot for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and the years that followed. Born in Chichester, Sussex, he was educated at Eastbourne College. Beamont's operational career began in 1939, flying Hawker Hurricanes with No. 87 Squadron RAF stationed at Lille in France with the air contingent of the British Expeditionary Force, scoring 3 'kills' against German aircraft. With the withdrawal of British forces from the continent following the fall of France he took part in the Battle of Britain, claiming 3 more 'kills', after which he was involved with nightfighting trials with the Hurricane. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in June 1941, and was posted to No. 79 Squadron RAF, although he was court-martialled for transporting a WAAF to a dance at another RAF station in his single-seat Hurricane, and was severely admonished. In December 1941 he was attached to Hawker's at Langley as a Production and Experimental Test Pilot. In July 1942 he was back on operational flying, joining No. 609 Squadron RAF flying Hawker Typhoons and subsequently promoted to Squadron Commander. As Commanding Officer of one of the first Squadrons to operate the new and technically troublesome Typhoon, Beamont was instrumental in arguing for keeping the aircraft in RAF service against increasing establishment resistance while he assisted Hawker's in resolving the type's airframe and engine problems. His confidence in the Typhoon was vindicated as the aircraft eventually became the RAF's most successful ground-attack aircraft during 1944-5. In 1943 he returned to Hawker's as a test pilot, performing experimental testing of the Hawker Tempest alongside the Hawker's test pilot, Bill Humble. In 1944, prior to D-Day, he again resumed operational flying, this time forming the first Tempest Wing (No. 150) with the rank of Acting-Wing Commander, the Wing accounting for three Me 109s over the invasion beaches shortly after D-Day without loss, two credited to Beamont. At this time the Wing were switched to intercepting V-1s over Kent, shooting down 638, Beamont accounting for 32 of the unpiloted-flying bombs himself. On October 2, 1944, now based on the continent at Volkel, Holland, he achieved his ninth and final kill of the war when he shot down a Fw 190 near Nijmegen. On October 12, while attacking a heavily defended troop-train near Bocholt on his 492nd operational mission he was shot down, becoming a Prisoner of War. Confined firstly to Stalag-III at Sagan, near Breslau, then to Stalag III-A at Luckenwalde, near Potsdam, he remained a PoW until the end of the war in Europe, being finally repatriated in late May 1945 after being further detained with the other former POWs by the Russians. With the end of hostilities his planned transfer to the Far East in command of a Wing of Tempest IIs was cancelled and he applied for a permanent commission. The eventual offer of a permanent commission coincided with his being offered a position as a test pilot; he resumed his career as a test pilot, performing the initial test flying of many notable aircraft, including the Canberra and Lightning (see radio interview details below) , as well as the later-cancelled BAC TSR-2. In 1948, while visiting the US to fly the North American B-45 Tornado bomber, he was able to persuade the US authorities to give him permission to fly one of the only two XP-86 Sabres then built, based at Muroc Field. Briefed by test pilot George Welch, Beamont flew the XP-86 in May of that year, breaking the sound barrier (exceeding Mach 1) on his one and only flight in the aircraft, the third person to do so in the XP-86. He subsequently went on to become a director of the Warton division of BAC, later BAe, as a Director of Flight Operations. From 1970 he was responsible for the international testing of the Tornado MRCA. In 1979 he retired, devoting himself to writing and contributing to various aeronautical publications. He died on 19 November 2001 at the age of 81. Beamont has the distinction of being the first pilot to make a double-atlantic crossing by jet, when on 26 August 1952, flying Canberra B.5 VX185, he flew from Aldergrove to Gander and then back again to Aldergove, in 10 hours 3 minutes. In 2002 was posthumously awarded the Belgian Croix de guerre." ., Patrick Stephens, 1986, London: William Kimber () , 1985. First Edition. Two typed and signed letters from author laid-in. Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 221 pp. Former-owners (to whom letters addressed) neat bookplate; otherwise, Fine, in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: ...Karel Kuttelwascher was a Czech who became the scourge of the Luftwaffe bombers operating from France and the Low Countries in 1942. His destruction of 15 aircraft in three months brought him the DFC twice in a mere 42 days and made him the RAFs top night intruder ace. After his daring escape from German-occupied Czechoslovakia, he served in the French Foreign Legion before flying in the ferocious but short-lived Battle of France. Eventually reaching Wales, he was assigned to the RAFs legendary No 1 Squadron in time to participate in the final weeks of the decisive Battle of Britain. During the early circus operations he clocked up his first three kills with the RAF and then later played a cannon-blazing part in the famous Channel Dash. However, it was in the lauded but lonely night intruder role that his individualistic skills came to the fore. Flying in a long range Hawker Hurricane IIC aptly named the Night Reaper, he unleashed a reign of terror which included on one memorable occasion the knocking out of three Heinkel bombers in just four minutes. His RAF score eventually totalled an impressive 18. Drawing upon family records and letters and the recollections of personal acquaintances, the author has painted a vivid portrait of the man known as the Czech Night Hawk., William Kimber (), 1985, Paris, France: Editions Atlas, 1980. Fine in a VG DJ. DJ has small closed tear on back, minor wear. Text is in French. Histories of three bombers of World War II, the DeHavilland Mosquito, the B-25 Mitchell and the Heinkel He-111.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall., Editions Atlas, 1980, England, William Kimber, (1988).. 8vo; pp. 308; numerous b/w photograph illustrations throughout, 3 maps, bibliography, index of people; original blue cloth, title lettered in silver on spine, dustjacket, previous owners stamp on front free endpaper; otherwise a fine copy., England, William Kimber, (1988)., London, England: His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1939. Between 1939 - 1945. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket (As issued). 15cm to 18cm by 21cm to 24cm tall. A brief description of the books configuration and condition. A book whose construction was privately commissioned. This edition consists of seven British wartime publications published by the Ministry of Information. They have been professionally bond by H. Reynolds of Redhill, Surrey, making a large hardback volume. The hardcovers are finished with red fabric over stiff board. With gilt titling on a rounded spine, the bindings are of the stitched type. The books blank endpapers are of brown card. It is believed that there has never been a loose jacket associated with this volume. The books condition is rated as 'Near Fine'. The hardcovers, spine and bindings are in perfect 'working' order, with no significant wear showing, other than the hardcovers and their edges have mild rubbing and a small 30mm tear to the spines tail (lower) end. The book block edges and internal pages are clean and intact, with mild shelfwear, as to be expected that being the occasional small tear and mark. A Summary of condition, a book that is tight, sound and complete, a book in which its reading quality is totally unimpaired. We describe any faults within our books most meticulously, this frequently results in our books being regarded by the vast majority as being in a much better condition to that as portrayed. The books condition is reflected in its price. Published during World War 2 , the seven publications are:- 1) The Air Battle of Malta-June 1940 to November 1942, 95 pages; 2) R.A.F. Middle East-February 1942 to January 1943, 143 pages; 3) Bomber Command- September 1939 to July 1941, 128 Pages; 4) East of Malta, West of Suez-September 1939 to March 1941, 63 pages; 5) The Abyssinian Campaigns-Published 1942, 143 pages; 6) Transport goes to War-1939 to 1942, 79 pages; 7) Free French Forces, 26 pages. A unique book and record of World War 2 from the official British viewpoint. With a total shipping weight approaching 2 kg this book may incur addtional shipping charges., His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1939, Baltimore: Nautical & Aviation Pub Co of Amer. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1987. Second Printing; Hardcover. 0933852312 . B&W Illustrations; 9.10 X 6.30 X 0.80 inches; xv, 239 pages; Hard cover is red with silver lettering on spine. Slight rubbing, bumping to covers. DJ has light rubbing, shelf wear, red spine with white lettering; in a mylar cover. Pages are clean and tight. Lavishly illustrated with dozens of b/w photographs. "The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (formerly AD) was an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career; it became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age...It was operated by the United States Navy (USN) , the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the United States Air Force (USAF) , and also saw service with the British Royal Navy, the French Air Force, the Air Force of the Republic of Vietnam (VNAF) , and others. In U. S. Service, it was finally replaced by the LTV A-7 Corsair II swept wing subsonic jet in the early 1970s. ..The piston-engined Skyraider was designed during World War II to meet United States Navy requirements for a carrier-based, single-seat, long-range, high performance dive/torpedo bomber, to follow-on from earlier types such as the Helldiver and Avenger. Designed by Ed Heinemann of the Douglas Aircraft Company, prototypes were ordered on 6 July 1944 as the XBT2D-1. The XBT2D-1 made its first flight on 18 March 1945 and in April 1945, the USN began evaluation of the aircraft at the Naval Air Test Center (NATC). In December 1946, after a designation change to AD-1, delivery of the first production aircraft to a fleet squadron was made to VA-19A".3 appendices; index. ., Nautical & Aviation Pub Co of Amer, 1987, New York: Vantage Press, 1990. 210 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "(During World War II) Bomber Pilot John H. McQuiston, saw extensive service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. In late 1944, everywhere in Europe, the Allies were on the offensive, driving the Nazis out of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and thrusting into Germany itself. Aerial bombardment was a major factor in these successes, forcing the surrender of occupied towns with an economy of lives and time. (This) is history from a bomber pilot's vantage point, as tense periods of action were balanced by episodes of comic relief while on leave. Here is an account of World War II as experienced by a young Canadian pilot with a novelist's eye and ear." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, four tiny dents on front cover. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, six tiny dents on front panel, very light edge wear/wrinkling, one tiny edge tear, minor rubbing.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good., Vantage Press, 1990, Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2013. 1st edition. dust jacket. New Book. 8vo.. viii + 173pp., b/w pls., text ills., bibliog., ÔAt the beginning of World War II the French faced the German invasion with 4,360 modern combat aircraft and 790 new machines currently arriving from French & American factories each month. When the phoney war finally ended, some 119 of 210 squadrons were ready for action on the North-eastern front. The others were re-equipping or stationed in the French colonies. Of the 119 squadrons France could bring into action only one-fourth of the aircraft were battle-ready. With France overrun by June 1940, what remained of the French air force was either concentrated in the unoccupied zone or had been hastily redeployed to the colonies. Nonetheless, in retaliation for the British attack on the French fleet in Oran, French bombers, based in French Morocco, carried out retaliatory air raids over GibraltarÕ, Pen and Sword, 2013, Allen & Unwin, 2015. Paperback. New. '[Rees'] account of the danger and difficulty is [Url removed]markable book.' - Canberra Times 'Rees has an eye for technical detail and a passion for the people involved. Lancaster Men is a rare blend of ripping yarn and historical reference.' - Herald Sun 'Informed and very readable.' - The Saturday Age 'A fitting tribute to these almost forgotten Australian heroes of World War II.' - Australian Defence Magazine More than 10,000 Australians served with Bomber Command, a highly trained band of elite flyers who undertook some of the most dangerous operations of World War II. They flew raid after raid over France and Germany knowing that the odds were against them. Stretched to breaking point, nearly 3500 died in the air. Their bravery in extreme circumstances has barely been recognised. Peter Rees traces the extraordinary achievements of these young aviators. He tells their hair-raising stories of battle action and life on the ground. And he recounts how, when they returned to Australia, they were greeted as Jap dodgers and accused of 'hiding in England while we were doing it tough'. Exciting, compelling and full of life, Lancaster Men is a powerful tribute to these forgotten Australian heroes of World War II. SKU: MM-42057398; EAN: 9781760113032, Allen & Unwin, 2015, England: Pen and Sword Aviation , 2010. 2010 First Edition Hardcover book in original dust Jacket; BRAND NEW from 2010 publisher with original publisher's card still laid in. Never opened, Never owned, Never marked; small 1/2" closed tear bottom corner jacket. Handsome book; black textured cloth over boards with Gold gilt title impressed on spine, in photographic jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Book size 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4" thick; 346 pages with index & bibliography + illustrated with 32 pages Glossy B&W photographs, from 1941 through 1966. After initial training, England's Eric Cropper began his career with the Royal Air Force in 1942 as navigator in a No 103 Squadron Avro Lancaster bomber, during the Second World War, an era before advanced systems of navigation. The Lancaster had a comparatively advanced communications system for its time, but still relied on the all-important navigator to get the plane to its destination and back again; most ships and aircraft nowadays still carry charts and maps for emergency use, they rarely carry a navigator versed in both the ancient and modern forms of navigation. Eric could do all of it; from astro, dead reackoning, and drift bearings plotted by pencil on charts, to radio, radar, and other advanced systems. His memoirs here tell of his amazing experiences with the RAF in WWII , including the July 7th , 1944 raid on Nazi targets in the town of Caen, in Nazi occupied France during the Battle for Normandy on the eve of the start of Operation Charnwood. When Eric's plane had just released their bombs, before they could turn around to head back, they were struck from behind, losing a large part of the rear of the plane plane, including the tail gunner as well as the turret. They went into a 3000-foot dive, then the pilot managed to gain control, and get the plane back to England where he crash-landed at Tangmere; only later did the surviving crew discover that they had been hit by another Lanc night bomber. After the war, Cropper completed the Staff Navigator Course , and was psoted as an instructor. He moved to the Empire Air Navigation School in 1946 where he became a Specialist Navigator through 1948. His later career included R&D at RAE Farnborough, an exchanged posting with the USAF in Alaska, a staff postiion at RAF Cranwell, Station Commander at RAF Gan in the Maldive Islands, the command of a transport squadron, and a Staff position at the RAF College of Air Warfare. His long career and autobiography of his life and years with the RAF , during the war, and in peacetime, are compelling reading. Photographs include him in the 9th Battalion Home Guard in North Leeds, in 1941 ; with the No. 2031 Deferred Service Squadron Air Training Corps. in Leeds, 1942 ; with 103 Squadron RAF Elsham Wolds, 1944 ; with No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Wrattling Common, 1944 ; with No. 5 Air Observer's School Jurby 1944 ; with 7 Squadron Mepal 1946 ; and many many more, including photgraphs of him in Alaska and in the east and with his wife. Photographs of the aircraft include: RCAF Comet 2 , a 53 Squadron Beverley , the first Andover being delivered to Abingdon 1964; with the F-11 and the No. 23 Specialist Navigation course in Fort Worth Texas ; Lincoln Mk2 in and over Khartoum ; Vickers Viscount G-AHRF prototype , Geneva 1951 ; outside and inside at the navigation table Hastings 327 ; midnight sun from a Piper Pacer, Seward 1956; Mount McKinley from a T-33A , wingtip only seen; and a De Havilland Beaver L-20 floatplane on Six Mile Lake near Elmendorf 1956. " Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 - 1974 " by Group Captain Eric Cropper , 2010 Hard Cover book in original DJ, published by Pen and Sword Aviation Books, England *** Secure packing for Safe shipping, since 1965 *** . First Edition. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. New/New. Illus. by Photos. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4 "., Pen and Sword Aviation, 2010

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University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2010. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. According to W. Scott Olsen, there are two reasons for flying. The first is just to get somewhere. The second has nothing to do with destination. It is this second reason, expressing our deepest curiosity and our longings for infinity, grace, and clarity, that Never Land explores. At once frankly philosophical and engagingly practical, the book combines accounts of touring in the air, the history of flight, the sensations of flying, and the technical acts and facts of navigating, piloting, lifting off, and landing. As it brings together many views on flight, Never Land also chronicles Olsen's own personal journeyÑhis experiences and the shift in his perspective as he goes from green beginner to seasoned pilot. Whether reflecting on airmail delivery, plotting routes from above, interviewing veterans, learning aerobatic moves, or encountering history in the making, Olsen makes the feel of flying a reality for his earthbound readers. Albeit a personal narrative, his book is ultimately a celebration of aviation that brings to bear the intellectual precision, emotional passion, exhilarating risk, and incalculable reward behind the human desire to fly., University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2010, England: Pen and Sword Aviation , 2010. 2010 First Edition Hardcover book in original dust Jacket; BRAND NEW from 2010 publisher with original publisher's card still laid in. Never opened, Never owned, Never marked; small 1/2" closed tear bottom corner jacket. Handsome book; black textured cloth over boards with Gold gilt title impressed on spine, in photographic jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Book size 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4" thick; 346 pages with index & bibliography + illustrated with 32 pages Glossy B&W photographs, from 1941 through 1966. After initial training, England's Eric Cropper began his career with the Royal Air Force in 1942 as navigator in a No 103 Squadron Avro Lancaster bomber, during the Second World War, an era before advanced systems of navigation. The Lancaster had a comparatively advanced communications system for its time, but still relied on the all-important navigator to get the plane to its destination and back again; most ships and aircraft nowadays still carry charts and maps for emergency use, they rarely carry a navigator versed in both the ancient and modern forms of navigation. Eric could do all of it; from astro, dead reackoning, and drift bearings plotted by pencil on charts, to radio, radar, and other advanced systems. His memoirs here tell of his amazing experiences with the RAF in WWII , including the July 7th , 1944 raid on Nazi targets in the town of Caen, in Nazi occupied France during the Battle for Normandy on the eve of the start of Operation Charnwood. When Eric's plane had just released their bombs, before they could turn around to head back, they were struck from behind, losing a large part of the rear of the plane plane, including the tail gunner as well as the turret. They went into a 3000-foot dive, then the pilot managed to gain control, and get the plane back to England where he crash-landed at Tangmere; only later did the surviving crew discover that they had been hit by another Lanc night bomber. After the war, Cropper completed the Staff Navigator Course , and was psoted as an instructor. He moved to the Empire Air Navigation School in 1946 where he became a Specialist Navigator through 1948. His later career included R&D at RAE Farnborough, an exchanged posting with the USAF in Alaska, a staff postiion at RAF Cranwell, Station Commander at RAF Gan in the Maldive Islands, the command of a transport squadron, and a Staff position at the RAF College of Air Warfare. His long career and autobiography of his life and years with the RAF , during the war, and in peacetime, are compelling reading. Photographs include him in the 9th Battalion Home Guard in North Leeds, in 1941 ; with the No. 2031 Deferred Service Squadron Air Training Corps. in Leeds, 1942 ; with 103 Squadron RAF Elsham Wolds, 1944 ; with No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Wrattling Common, 1944 ; with No. 5 Air Observer's School Jurby 1944 ; with 7 Squadron Mepal 1946 ; and many many more, including photgraphs of him in Alaska and in the east and with his wife. Photographs of the aircraft include: RCAF Comet 2 , a 53 Squadron Beverley , the first Andover being delivered to Abingdon 1964; with the F-11 and the No. 23 Specialist Navigation course in Fort Worth Texas ; Lincoln Mk2 in and over Khartoum ; Vickers Viscount G-AHRF prototype , Geneva 1951 ; outside and inside at the navigation table Hastings 327 ; midnight sun from a Piper Pacer, Seward 1956; Mount McKinley from a T-33A , wingtip only seen; and a De Havilland Beaver L-20 floatplane on Six Mile Lake near Elmendorf 1956. " Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 - 1974 " by Group Captain Eric Cropper , 2010 Hard Cover book in original DJ, published by Pen and Sword Aviation Books, England *** Secure packing for Safe shipping, since 1965 *** . First Edition. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. New/New. Illus. by Photos. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4 "., Pen and Sword Aviation, 2010

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[EAN: 9781848841512], Neubuch, [PU: Pen and Sword Aviation, England], RAF , ERIC CROPPER GROUP CAPTAIN ROYAL AIR FORCE NAVIGATOR, NAVIGATORS, NAVIGATION, AIRPLANES, WWII SECOND WORLD WAR AVRO LANCASTER BOMBER, D-DAY, NO. 103 SQUADRON NAVIGATIONAL TRAINING, AIRCRAFT, Jacket, 2010 First Edition Hardcover book in original dust Jacket; BRAND NEW from 2010 publisher with original publisher's card still laid in. Never opened, Never owned, Never marked; small 1/2" closed tear bottom corner jacket. Handsome book; black textured cloth over boards with Gold gilt title impressed on spine, in photographic jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Book size 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4" thick; 346 pages with index & bibliography + illustrated with 32 pages Glossy B&W photographs, from 1941 through 1966. After initial training, England's Eric Cropper began his career with the Royal Air Force in 1942 as navigator in a No 103 Squadron Avro Lancaster bomber, during the Second World War, an era before advanced systems of navigation. The Lancaster had a comparatively advanced communications system for its time, but still relied on the all-important navigator to get the plane to its destination and back again; most ships and aircraft nowadays still carry charts and maps for emergency use, they rarely carry a navigator versed in both the ancient and modern forms of navigation. Eric could do all of it; from astro, dead reackoning, and drift bearings plotted by pencil on charts, to radio, radar, and other advanced systems. His memoirs here tell of his amazing experiences with the RAF in WWII , including the July 7th , 1944 raid on Nazi targets in the town of Caen, in Nazi occupied France during the Battle for Normandy on the eve of the start of Operation Charnwood. When Eric's plane had just released their bombs, before they could turn around to head back, they were struck from behind, losing a large part of the rear of the plane plane, including the tail gunner as well as the turret. They went into a 3000-foot dive, then the pilot managed to gain control, and get the plane back to England where he crash-landed at Tangmere; only later did the surviving crew discover that they had been hit by another Lanc night bomber. After the war, Cropper completed the Staff Navigator Course , and was psoted as an instructor. He moved to the Empire Air Navigation School in 1946 where he became a Specialist Navigator through 1948. His later career included R&D at RAE Farnborough, an exchanged posting with the USAF in Alaska, a staff postiion at RAF Cranwell, Station Commander at RAF Gan in the Maldive Islands, the command of a transport squadron, and a Staff position at the RAF College of Air Warfare. His long career and autobiography of his life and years with the RAF , during the war, and in peacetime, are compelling reading. Photographs include him in the 9th Battalion Home Guard in North Leeds, in 1941 ; with the No. 2031 Deferred Service Squadron Air Training Corps. in Leeds, 1942 ; with 103 Squadron RAF Elsham Wolds, 1944 ; with No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Wrattling Common, 1944 ; with No. 5 Air Observer's School Jurby 1944 ; with 7 Squadron Mepal 1946 ; and many many more, including photgraphs of him in Alaska and in the east and with his wife. Photographs of the aircraft include: RCAF Comet 2 , a 53 Squadron Beverley , the first Andover being delivered to Abingdon 1964; with the F-11 and the No. 23 Specialist Navigation course in Fort Worth Texas ; Lincoln Mk2 in and over Khartoum ; Vickers Viscount G-AHRF prototype , Geneva 1951 ; outside and inside at the navigation table Hastings 327 ; midnight sun from a Piper Pacer, Seward 1956; Mount McKinley from a T-33A , wingtip only seen; and a De Havilland Beaver L-20 floatplane on Six Mile Lake near Elmendorf 1956. " Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 - 1974 " by Group Captain Eric Cropper , 2010 Hard Cover book in original DJ, published by Pen and Sword Aviation Books, England *** Secure packing for Safe shipping, since 1965 *** Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4 "

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1974, ISBN: 9781848841512

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England: Pen and Sword Aviation , 2010. 2010 First Edition Hardcover book in original dust Jacket; BRAND NEW from 2010 publisher with original publisher's card still laid in. Never opened, Never owned, Never marked; small 1/2" closed tear bottom corner jacket. Handsome book; black textured cloth over boards with Gold gilt title impressed on spine, in photographic jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Book size 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4" thick; 346 pages with index & bibliography + illustrated with 32 pages Glossy B&W photographs, from 1941 through 1966. After initial training, England's Eric Cropper began his career with the Royal Air Force in 1942 as navigator in a No 103 Squadron Avro Lancaster bomber, during the Second World War, an era before advanced systems of navigation. The Lancaster had a comparatively advanced communications system for its time, but still relied on the all-important navigator to get the plane to its destination and back again; most ships and aircraft nowadays still carry charts and maps for emergency use, they rarely carry a navigator versed in both the ancient and modern forms of navigation. Eric could do all of it; from astro, dead reackoning, and drift bearings plotted by pencil on charts, to radio, radar, and other advanced systems. His memoirs here tell of his amazing experiences with the RAF in WWII , including the July 7th , 1944 raid on Nazi targets in the town of Caen, in Nazi occupied France during the Battle for Normandy on the eve of the start of Operation Charnwood. When Eric's plane had just released their bombs, before they could turn around to head back, they were struck from behind, losing a large part of the rear of the plane plane, including the tail gunner as well as the turret. They went into a 3000-foot dive, then the pilot managed to gain control, and get the plane back to England where he crash-landed at Tangmere; only later did the surviving crew discover that they had been hit by another Lanc night bomber. After the war, Cropper completed the Staff Navigator Course , and was psoted as an instructor. He moved to the Empire Air Navigation School in 1946 where he became a Specialist Navigator through 1948. His later career included R&D at RAE Farnborough, an exchanged posting with the USAF in Alaska, a staff postiion at RAF Cranwell, Station Commander at RAF Gan in the Maldive Islands, the command of a transport squadron, and a Staff position at the RAF College of Air Warfare. His long career and autobiography of his life and years with the RAF , during the war, and in peacetime, are compelling reading. Photographs include him in the 9th Battalion Home Guard in North Leeds, in 1941 ; with the No. 2031 Deferred Service Squadron Air Training Corps. in Leeds, 1942 ; with 103 Squadron RAF Elsham Wolds, 1944 ; with No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit, Wrattling Common, 1944 ; with No. 5 Air Observer's School Jurby 1944 ; with 7 Squadron Mepal 1946 ; and many many more, including photgraphs of him in Alaska and in the east and with his wife. Photographs of the aircraft include: RCAF Comet 2 , a 53 Squadron Beverley , the first Andover being delivered to Abingdon 1964; with the F-11 and the No. 23 Specialist Navigation course in Fort Worth Texas ; Lincoln Mk2 in and over Khartoum ; Vickers Viscount G-AHRF prototype , Geneva 1951 ; outside and inside at the navigation table Hastings 327 ; midnight sun from a Piper Pacer, Seward 1956; Mount McKinley from a T-33A , wingtip only seen; and a De Havilland Beaver L-20 floatplane on Six Mile Lake near Elmendorf 1956. " Back Bearings - A Navigator's Tale 1942 - 1974 " by Group Captain Eric Cropper , 2010 Hard Cover book in original DJ, published by Pen and Sword Aviation Books, England *** Secure packing for Safe shipping, since 1965 *** . First Edition. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. New/New. Illus. by Photos. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/4 "., Pen and Sword Aviation, 2010

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1968, ISBN: 1848841515

ID: 5969566

Eric Cropper s RAF career started in 1943 and ended in 1968. It covered a period when the navigation of aircraft changed from astro, dead reckoning and drift bearings all plotted by pencil on charts, to press-button radio and satellite information that can instantly pinpoint a position anywhere on the planet to within 5 meters. The then vital skills of a good navigator are now mostly redundant. Ships, aircraft, trucks and cars seldom use maps let alone carry a navigator. This autobiography by one of the RAF s top exponents of both the ancient and modern forms of the art explains in considerable detail how this rapid and revolutionary improvement occurred in the air.After his initial training, Eric started his operational career as navigator in a No 103 Squadron Avro Lancaster. During his tour, on 7 July 1944, the squadron took part in a raid on Caen. Immediately after releasing their bombs, the aircraft was struck from astern, losing the tail gunner and turret and a large part of the tailplane. Having regained control from a 3,000 feet dive they nursed the stricken aircraft back to England where it crash landed at Tangmere. They later discovered that they had been hit by another Lancaster. Having completed his tour of operations, Eric was posted as an instructor, completing the Staff Navigator Course. From 1946 to 1948 he moved to HQ Bomber Command on the Air Staff and then moved to the Empire Air Navigation School as a specialist Navigator.His later career included research aviation,biographies,england,europe,history,leaders and notable people,memoirs,military,veterans Biographies, Pen & Sword Books Limited

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