The Sky Suspended: A Fighter Pilot’s Story by Jim Bailey lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section.
London: Bloomsbury, 1990, Hardback in dust wrapper.
First in this edition. [First: 1964 as Eskimo Nel] Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: In 1939, at the age of nineteen, Jim Bailey was conscripted into the RAF to train as a fighter pilot. What happened over the next five years to Jim and the men who fought alongside him those who died and those who survived is related here with candour and quiet modesty.
This is a story of youthful heroism, and of the suspense-filled drama of combat in the air. It is also the story of a survivor. Jim Bailey remained a pilot throughout the war flying first Defiants and then Beaufighters from the Battle of Britain through Gibraltar and the Anzio beach-head to the landing in the South of France. But as well as action and survival, Jim Bailey captures precisely the atmosphere of everyday life on the ground in wartime Britain. The Sky Suspended is a unique memoir both of the war in the air and of life on the home front.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Top edge of the text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 184 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.