Spitfire – the Story of a Famous Fighter :: Bruce Robertson soon to be presented for sale on the wonderful BookLovers of Bath web site!
Letchworth: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Signed by the author, illustrator and producer, without dedication, on a now loose presentation plate without provenance. A limited printing of which this is number 439. Includes: Black & white profiles; Black & white photographs; Colour frontispiece; Cutaways;
From the cover: When in August 1940 Sir Winston Churchill made his now famous and oft-quoted tribute to the heroic work of the Few, he might also have associated with them the means by which they had achieved their victory the Spitfires and Hurricanes they flew. Almost certainly the yeoman service these aircraft had given at even that early date was recognised although not specified in his statement. At that time, on the threshold of a long and notable life of service, the Spitfire had acquired a reputation as the premier fighting aircraft in the Allied armoury; an enviable title, which, through all its subsequent development in the ensuing four and a half years of varied war activity, it may justifiably claim to have retained. Certainly no other British, and very few foreign, designs can rival this record.
The day of the Spitfire is over, and it seems that now the evening of its life is an appropriate time to reflect back on the history of this remarkable aeroplane whose name was, for years, on everyones lips, and to tell, for the first time, the full story of the Spitfire. Foremost of the fighters, it was the only British or Allied fighter aircraft to remain in production throughout the whole of the Second World War, and the only British fighter used operationally in squadron service by the Americans. Here is the history of this ubiquitous aircraft with service in the Free Air Forces of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Holland, Norway, Poland, and countries who continued the fight, from adopted homelands, for the freedom of the world in general, and the liberation of their own nations in particular. A fully illustrated story that commences with the foundation of the Supermarine works in 1912, details the Schneider Trophy seaplanes and other experimental aircraft that led to the Spitfire, and follows the history of the Spitfire itself right through to t…
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 211 pages. Index. 11¼” x 8¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I entrance you with a variety of books within my Military Air Force catalogue?