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Fleet Fawn II – R.C.A.F. #264

Research by Clarence Simonsen (May 2021)

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Fleet Fawn RCAF 264

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The full history of Fleet Aircraft Limited and their Canadian aircraft manufacture can be found on many websites and need not be repeated. The first Fleet Model 7B aircraft was taken on charge by the RCAF 1 April 1931, and nineteen more [Mk. Is] were delivered from Fort Erie, Ontario. They were given the name “Fleet Fawn” and these two-seater primary trainers not only impressed the RCAF, they greatly improved pilot flying standards in the pre-war 1930s.  

Thirty-one Model 7C trainers Mk. II were constructed and delivered to the RCAF between 5 March 1936 and 16 November 1938, fitted with a more powerful but quieter engine. They became the definitive trainer variant aircraft. Forty-three Fleet Fawn Model 7B [Mk. I] and 7C [Mk. II] trainers were on operational pilot training duties when war was declared on 10 September 1939. 

Fleet Fawn 7C [Mk. II], manufacturer construction number FAL-123 [Fleet Aircraft Ltd.] was completed in early July 1938 and officially taken on charge by the RCAF on 7 July. The aircraft was assigned RCAF serial number 264 and flown to No. 115 [Fighter] Squadron [Auxiliary] at Montreal [St. Hubert] Quebec, 16 July 1938.

Text version (with images) 

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Maclean’s Magazine – 15 May 1944

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The full history of Fleet Aircraft Limited and their Canadian aircraft manufacture can be found on many websites and need not be repeated. The first Fleet Model 7B aircraft was taken on charge by the RCAF 1 April 1931, and nineteen more [Mk. Is] were delivered from Fort Erie, Ontario. They were given the name “Fleet Fawn” and these two-seater primary trainers not only impressed the RCAF, they greatly improved pilot flying standards in the pre-war 1930s.  

Thirty-one Model 7C trainers Mk. II were constructed and delivered to the RCAF between 5 March 1936 and 16 November 1938, fitted with a more powerful but quieter engine. They became the definitive trainer variant aircraft. Forty-three Fleet Fawn Model 7B [Mk. I] and 7C [Mk. II] trainers were on operational pilot training duties when war was declared on 10 September 1939. 

Fleet Fawn 7C [Mk. II], manufacturer construction number FAL-123 [Fleet Aircraft Ltd.] was completed in early July 1938 and officially taken on charge by the RCAF on 7 July. The aircraft was assigned RCAF serial number 264 and flown to No. 115 [Fighter] Squadron [Auxiliary] at Montreal [St. Hubert] Quebec, 16 July 1938.

Early history of No. 15 [Fighter] Squadron – reformed No. 115 [Fighter] Squadron

No. 15 [Fighter] Squadron [Auxiliary] was formed at Montreal, Quebec, on 1 September 1934, however they would be flightless birds for the next twenty-one months. No flying, just ground school duties showing as ‘NIL’ in their Daily Diary. The Great Depression had caused a delay in the development of RCAF training, aircraft, and qualified pilots, coupled with the over-cautious approach taken by P.M. Mackenzie King and his political advisers, who believed Hitler and Germany were not a threat to world peace. 

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In May 1936, No. 15 Squadron received four Tiger Moth DH-60 trainer aircraft serial #64, #72, #81, and #110, allowing their first pilot training to begin that summer. 

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On 15 September 1937, No. 15 Squadron was renumbered No. 115 [Fighter] Squadron [Auxiliary] and flying training increased. At militia summer camp in Camp Borden, 2 June 1938, Tiger Moth serial #81 crashed at Ivy, Ontario, killing P/O P. F. Birks, resulting in four new Fleet Fawn trainers being assigned to No. 115 Squadron beginning 3 July 1938. 

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The first modern Fleet Fawn Mk. II two-seat trainer serial RCAF #262 arrived 3 July 1938, followed by Fawn #263 and #264 [Nanton, Alberta, Museum today] on 16 July. The fourth and last Fawn 7B Mk. I trainer RCAF #198 [below] arrived at St. Hubert airbase 30 August 1938.

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At times historians and Canadian aviation museums lose sight of the importance involving a few aircraft or their small part in forming WWII RCAF history, thus, too often it is just overlooked and forgotten. These four forgotten Fleet Fawn trainer aircraft provided vital pilot training for the auxiliary pilots in No. 115 [Fighter] Squadron for twelve months, August 1938 to August 1939. [In August 1939, the RCAF listed only 235 fully trained pilots, including 57 Flying Instructors] When war began, 10 September 1939, Auxiliary units represented one-third of RCAF total strength, and supplied two complete squadrons which sailed for England in 1940.

No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron was formed as a fighter unit at Trenton, Ontario, on 21 September 1937, training in obsolete WWI Siskin aircraft. 

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Canadian Department of National Defence (Royal Canadian Air Force photo) – From: Dempsey, Daniel V. A Tradition of Excellence: Canada’s Airshow Team Heritage. Victoria, BC: High Flight Enterprises, 2002.

The squadron moved to Calgary, Alberta, in August 1938, and continued Siskin training until February 1939, when the first British Mk. I Hurricanes began arriving at Sea Island in shipping crates. These first modern RCAF Hurricanes were uncrated, reassembled, test flown and then ferried over the Canadian Rocky Mountains to Calgary, Alberta. When war was declared, 10 September 1939, No. 1 Squadron was ordered to St. Hubert, Quebec, for Hurricane training and by 27 September the balance of the squadron had arrived, total strength five Officers and seventy-two airmen. 

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A new No. 1 Squadron “unofficial” badge [Motto – “Always Faithful”] appeared in Quebec with the squadron but the details are still unknown. I believe this art originated in Calgary, Alberta, after February, when the new Hurricanes fighters began arriving. [author scale replica from original photo in P/O Nesbitt collection] On 6 November 1939, No. 1 Squadron moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for further Hurricane training. 

The auxiliary fighter pilots in No. 115 Squadron had their first look at a new British Modern Hurricane fighter, but they continued to train in their four Fleet Fawn aircraft. The flight training pilot names listed for one day, 1 November 1939, [below] demonstrates the importance of this Fleet Fawn training as nine of these Montreal pilot’s will later fly Hurricane fighters with No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron in the Battle of Britain. These same nine pilots would destroy [confirmed kills] thirteen German aircraft and claim another fourteen damaged during the Battle of Britain, thanks in part for their Fleet Fawn training obtained at St. Hubert, Quebec. 

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Daily Operations Record for No. 115 Squadron list twenty-four [Auxiliary] members of the squadron who flew one or more training flights in Fleet Fawn #264 from 1 November to 2 December 1939. The nine underlined flew in the Battle of Britain.

P/O Pitcher, P/O Brown, P/O Beardmore, P/O Hyde, P/O Hill, F/O Molson, P/O McCarthy, P/O Jones, F/O Mclean, P/O Nesbitt, F/Lt. Pollock, F/Sgt. Horsley, S/L Foss, P/O Russel, Cpl. Phillips, AC2 L’Abbe, P/O Hanbury, S/L Fullerton, A/C Stone, Lt. Smallere [RCE Army], Sgt. Carpenter, P/O Sprenger, Cpl. Fair, and F/O Corbett.  

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This free domain photo possibly came from the collection of P/O Nesbitt, showing the RCAF auxiliary pilot strapping his skies to the port side of a No. 115 Squadron Fleet Fawn trainer. The Fleet Aircraft Ltd insignia can be seen under the cockpit fuselage in the image.

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P/O Nesbitt flew all four of the Fleet Fawn trainers in 1938-39 [56:25 Hrs.] and trained in Fawn #264 twice on 2 November 1939, [10:25 to 11:40 hrs.] and [12:45 to 13:20 hrs.] The following day he flew #264 from 10:50 to 11:45 hrs. It is possible this snowy scene was taken in November 1939, as his name was no longer recorded in the Daily Operations from this date onwards. Three North American Harvard trainers arrived on 1 December 1939, serial #1341, #1342, and #1343, pilot P/O Nesbitt flew Harvard training flights totalling 48:35 Hrs. 

Eight Senior Officers, eleven Officer pilots, and 86 airmen of No. 115 [Fighter] Squadron arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27 May 1940. On 28 May 1940, all personnel were absorbed into No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron and the new unit sailed for England [11 June] as a complete mobile force prepared to go to air war in France. The total No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron personnel which arrived in England were twenty-seven Officers, including twenty-one pilots and 314 Airmen. Almost half of this new composite RCAF squadron personnel came from Montreal, Quebec, 43 per cent from No. 115 Squadron [Auxiliary] St. Hubert, Quebec, September 1937 to May 1940.

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This RCAF group photo of No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron was taken on the Steamship “Duchess of Atholl” ship E.37 in Halifax harbour around 21:00 hrs., 10 June 1940. Departed Halifax 10:00 hrs 11 June 1940. Forty-five ranks are in the photo, including 27 officers, 21 are pilots. Eleven of these pilots are from No. 115 Squadron and have no flying experience in Hawker Hurricane fighters. They will be treated as new pilots and receive Hurricane fighter training in England. This reveals the importance of their many hours of training in four Fleet Fawn trainers at St. Hubert, Quebec. 

The following chart records the flying training hours completed by twenty of these No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron pilots when they arrived in the United Kingdom on 20 June 1940. The average age of No. 1 Squadron pilots was twenty-five years. 

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Twenty-seven Canadian pilots [one American F/O Brown] in No. 1 Squadron will fly Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain, original copy of No. 1 Squadron [Renumbered No. 401 Squadron 1 March 1941] list follows. 

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No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron photo taken 5 July 1940, arrival at Croydon, England.

Top row left to right – F/O R. Smither #C1594, F/O Thomas B. Little #C1117, P/O Arthur M. Yuile #C1328, F/O Eric W. Beardmore #C820, P/O Dal B. Russel #C1319, F/O C.E. Briese #C1591, 

Middle row L to R – F/O B.E. Christmas #C925, Capt. Donald Rankin, Medical Officer, P/O O. J. Peterson #C900, F/Lt. Gordon R. McGregor #C936, F/O Deane A. Nesbitt #C1322, F/O S. T. Blaiklock #C1817, Intelligence Officer, F/O Hartland de M. Molson #C1226, P/O E. M. Reyno #C806, P/O J.B.J. Desloges #C788, S/L E.A. McNab #C134, F/O P.B. Pitcher #C615.

Front row L to R – F/O George G. Hyde #C948, F/O William P Sprenger #C895 [with dog mascot] and F/O J. W. Kerwin #C922. 

Missing from the photo are F/O V.B. Corbett #C299 and F/O R.L. Edwards #C903. 

On arrival at Liverpool, 15:30 hrs, 20 June 1940, these Canadian pilots were assigned to No. 11 Group Middle Wallop, Hants. and seventeen were given RAF procedure and elementary attack courses between 5 and 12 June 1940. RAF Command wanted to see how well trained these new Canadian pilots were compared to British trained pilots and the test results obtained were above average. 

In the total of seventeen Canadian pilots tested, eight were original members on No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron and were all fully qualified to fly the British Hawker Hurricane Mk. I fighters. The remaining eight pilots [marked in yellow highlight] were all auxiliary trained pilots from No. 115 Squadron at St. Hubert, Quebec, and were only qualified in Fleet Fawn trainer aircraft and American Harvard trainers. F/L Corbett had only trained 5:50 Hrs. in the Hurricane Mk. I fighter. 

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Course No. 18 contained eight [yellow highlight] ex-members of No. 115 [Auxiliary] Squadron from St. Hubert, Quebec, trained mostly in the Fleet Fawn trainer [sixteen months] and the American Harvard [five months flying time]. P/O A.M. Yuile had no Hurricane training. These Canadian course pilots scored almost the same test results as the Canadians in course No. 17, seven of whom were fully qualified to fly the modern Hawker Hurricane fighter. The four two-seater primary Fleet Fawn trainers had proved their full value in properly training the auxiliary pilots in No. 115 Squadron and now these pilots moved on converting to the Hurricane fighters assigned to No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron in England. 

No. 1 Squadron moved to RAF Croydon, Surrey 6 July to 16 August 1940, then to Northolt, Middlesex, 17 August to 10 October 1940. After the Battle of Britain, the Canadians moved to Castletown Caithness, Scotland, to regroup, a base described as a cold, wet, ‘pigsty.”

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No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron moved to No. 12 Group, Driffield, Yorkshire, from 11 February until 28 February 1941. On 1 March 1941, they were renumbered No. 401 [Fighter] Squadron based at Digby, Lincolnshire, No. 12 Group, Canadian Digby Wing.

Due to the large number of Dominion Squadrons formed in the United Kingdom under R.A.F. control, a large number of low numbered squadrons had caused confusion. No. 1 [Fighter] Squadron RAF and No. 1 [RCAF] [Fighter] Squadron were both stationed at the same base causing many air control problems. The British Air Ministry assigned the number block 400-445 to the RCAF and No. 1 became No. 401 [fighter] Squadron on 1 March 1941, with a new official badge and motto.

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The unofficial No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron badge with Motto – Semper Fidelis [Always Faithful] had been painted and used by members, however it is still unknown if this art ever appeared on Hurricane fighter aircraft. 

The new No. 401 Badge featured the head of a Rocky Mountain sheep with Motto – Mors Celerrima Hostibus [Very Swift Death for the Enemy].

Today it is hard to believe the RCAF entered the Second World War with only sixty-three qualified flying instructors, who did not even warrant a separate organization in the Air Force. In April 1939, the RCAF began preparation for the formation of their first instructional flight at Camp Borden, Ontario, and Fleet Fawn trainers were now transferred to the new F.I.S. In July 1939, this first instructional flight was elevated to status of a school under command of F/Lt. G.P. Dunlop. In September, with war declared, the flying Instructor school expanded month by month and more and more aircraft were required for pilot training.

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Fleet Fawn #264 was transferred to RCAF Camp Borden, Flying Instructors School, arriving 2 December 1939, pilot Macallister. With the demand for more qualified instructors, and to meet future requirements, the F.I.S. relocated to RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, on 18 January 1940, and Fleet Fawn #264 found a new home. Twenty-nine Fleet Fawn aircraft flew at Flying Instructor Schools, training thousands of pilots under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and #264 flew until 3 March 1942. A new Sgt. pilot H. McFarlane was taxiing #264 at Trenton when he ran into the rear of a fuel truck and sustained Category “C” damage to the trainer. The 1938 constructed Fawn was no longer a top priority trainer aircraft and repairs were not completed until 2 December 1942. The Fawn was now reissued to No. 1 Training Command as an Instructional Airframe with serial “A198.” On 4 August 1943, the airframe record entry shows “Free Issue” to West P.S. Centre 4, that location is still unknown. [info. required]

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By 1943, the Fleet Fawn primary trainer aircraft were no longer useful and thirty-two were kept around as squadron instructional airframes, until they were flown to Surplus Equipment Holding units. Fawn #264 was sent to No. 3 S.E.H.U. at Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on 24 September 1945. It was turned over to War Assets on 19 September 1947, sold to Ernie Oakman, Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, and donated to Nanton Museum in 1990. In the following years the volunteers at Nanton, Alberta, [today the Bomber Command Museum of Canada] restored Fawn 264 back to almost flying condition, however it will never take to the skies again, it is too valuable. In 1998, the complete aircraft was reskinned and a rebuilt Kinner engine was installed in 2007. 

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During the restoration years of the Fleet Fawn, the author was a card carrying member of the Nanton Museum and followed the rebuild progress. After the reskinning of this trainer aircraft, the original skin was in very poor condition and only selected sections such as the RCAF roundels and fuselage original skin were saved. It was discovered the inside Fawn skin taken from the twin cockpit area contained many signatures, RCAF service numbers and date each WWII aircrew member had trained in Fawn #264. It was suggested this would make a perfect display and research project, however being a Bomber Command Museum, it fell on deaf ears. At this date, [2021] I have no idea if the Fawn original skin with signatures will ever be displayed or even still survives. The original skins thrown in the garbage were saved by the author [Special thanks to past curator Bob Evans] and over the past twenty plus years many have been restored and used to preserve WWII RCAF replica nose art paintings. 

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This is the original starboard side of Fleet Fawn #264 tail RCAF tri-color markings painted in 1938. This was recovered from the garbage in Nanton, Alberta, [1998] in three sections, missing a five-inch strip from the centre section. Restored by the author, it contains 80% of the original fabric and paint from Fawn #264, plus the original RCAF Instruction Airframe serial #A198, applied in December 1942. This was painted to preserve and honor the pilots and aircrew from No. 115 [Auxiliary] Squadron, St. Hubert, Quebec, [Montreal] who trained in this forgotten Fleet Fawn during 1938 and 1939.

No. 1 [RCAF] Squadron Canadians in Battle of Britain

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  1. F/O E.W. B. Beardmore [Montreal, Quebec] trained 164:20 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, damaged one Bf 109 5 October 1940, wounded 18 September 1940.
  2. F/O C.E. Briese [Rosetown, Saskatchewan] trained 55:15 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, no kills.
  3. F/O E. de P, Brown [Coronado, California] trained 56:20 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, damaged one Bf 109 30 September 1940 and destroyed one Do 215 on 27 September 1940.
  4. P/O J.A. Chevrier [St. Lambert, Quebec] no kills. Killed Mont Joli, Quebec, 6 July 1942.
  5. F/O B.E. Christmas [St. Hilaire, Quebec] trained 49:55 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, destroyed Bf 109, 31 August 1940, damaged Do 215, 1 September 1940, damaged He 111, 11 September 1940 and destroyed Bf 109, 5 October 1940.
  6. F/Lt. V.B. Corbett [Westmount, Quebec] trained 239:15 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, damaged one Do 17, 26 August 1940. Killed 20 February 1945.
  7. F/O J.P.J, Desloges [Ottawa, Ontario] trained 60:05 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, no kills, burned 31 August 1940, killed 8 May 1944.
  8. F/O R.L. Edwards [Cobourg, Ontario] trained 50:45 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, destroyed one Do 17 26 August 1940, killed same date.
  9. F/O F.W. Hillock [Toronto, Ontario] no kills.
  10. F/O G.G. Hyde [Westmount, Quebec] trained 191:15 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, no kills, wounded 31 August 1940, killed 17 May 1941.
  11. F/O J.W. Kerwin [Toronto, Ontario] trained 45:55 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215 destroyed 31 August 1940, one Bf 109 destroyed 1 September 1940 and one Do215 damaged 1 September 1940. Killed 16 July 1942.
  12. F/O T.B. Little [Montreal, Quebec] trained 44:15 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, damaged 26 August 1940, one Bf 109, destroyed 31 August 1940, one Do 215, damaged 1 September 1940. Killed 27 August 1941.
  13. F/O P.W. Lochnan [Ottawa, Ontario] two Bf 109s damaged 9 September 1940, one Do 215, damaged 14 September 1940, shared kill of He 111, 15 September 1940, shared half kill of Bf 110, 27 September 1940, one Bf109, damaged 5 October 1940, and one Bf 109, destroyed 7 October 1940.  Killed 21 May 1941.
  14. F/Lt. G.R. McGregor [Montreal, Quebec] trained 109:15 Hrs, in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, destroyed 26 August 1940, one Do 215, probably destroyed, one Do 215, damaged 1 September 1940. One Me 110 damaged 4 September 1940, one He 111, destroyed 11 September 1940, one He 111 probably destroyed 15 September 1940, one Ju 88 probably destroyed and one Bf 109 damaged 27 September 1940, one Bf 109, destroyed 30 September 1940, and one Bf 109, destroyed 5 October 1940. Died 1971.
  15. S/L E.A. McNab [Rosthern, Saskatchewan] one Do 215, destroyed 15 August 1940, one Do 215, destroyed 26 August 1940, one Bf 109, probably destroyed 7 September 1940, one Bf 109, damaged 9 September 1940, one He 111 shared kill and one Bf 110 damaged 11 September 1940. One He 111 destroyed and one He 111 damaged 15 September 1940, one Bf 110, destroyed and one Ju 88, destroyed 27 September 1940. 
  16. F/O W.B M. Millar [Penticton, B.C.] no kills, wounded 9 September 1940.
  17. F/O H. de M. Molson [Montreal, Quebec] trained 50:55 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, damaged 26 August 1940, two Bf 110 damaged 4 September 1940, one He 111, destroyed 11 September 1940.
  18. F/O A.D. Nesbitt [Westmount, Quebec] trained 56:25 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, damaged 26 August 1940, one Bf 110 destroyed 4 September 1940, one Bf 109 destroyed 15 September 1940. Wounded 15 September 1940. Won DFC.
  19. F/O R.W. Norris [Saskatoon, Saskatchewan] one Bf109 probably destroyed 15 September 1940, one Bf 110, damaged 27 September 1940.
  20. F/O O.J.Peterson [Halifax, Nova Scotia] trained 56:55 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, damaged 1 September 1940, one Bf 110m damaged 4 September 1940, one Bf 109, destroyed 9 September 1940, one Bf 109, probable destroyed and one Bf 109 damaged on 18 September 1940, half kill shared Do 215, 25 September 1940. Killed 29 September 1940.
  21. F/O J.D. Pattison [Toronto, Ontario] no kills, won DFC.
  22. P/O P. B. Pitcher [Montreal, Quebec] trained 89:05 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one He 111, damaged 15 September 1940, one Do 215, damaged 27 September 1940, and one Bf 109 destroyed and one Bf 110, damaged 5 October 1940.
  23. F/L E. M. Reyno [Halifax, Nova Scotia] trained 38:00 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, shared kill on 1 September 1940.
  24. F/O B.D. Russel [Toronto, Ontario] trained 45:35 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Do 215, damaged 31 August 1940, one Bf 110, probably destroyed and one Ju 88 damaged on 4 September 1940. One He 111, probably destroyed on 15 September 1940, shared kill Do 215, 25 September 1940, one Bf 109, destroyed one Bf 110 destroyed and one Do 215, damaged on 27 September 1940.
  25. F/O R. Smither [London, Ontario] trained 58:55 hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one Bf 109 damaged 31 August 1940, one Bf 110, destroyed and one Bf 110, damaged on 4 September 1940. Killed 15 September 1940.
  26. F/O W.P. Sprenger [Montreal, Quebec] trained 71:05 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, no kills. Shot down 31 August 1940, killed 26 November 1940.
  27. F/O C.W. Trevena [Regina, Saskatchewan] no kills, discharged medical grounds October 1943. 
  28. F/O A. Yuile [Montreal, Quebec] trained 43:55 Hrs. in Fleet Fawn, one He 111, destroyed 11 September 1940, one Do 215, damaged 27 September 1940.

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Four members of No. 115 [Auxiliary] Squadron flew during the Battle of Britain, flying Hawker Hurricane fighters with No. 1 [RCAF] Fighter Squadron. These four pilots were killed in action in United Kingdom, and two trained in Fleet Fawn #264 at St. Hubert, Quebec, 1938-39.

F/Lt. V. B. Corbett, Westmount, Quebec, killed 20 February 1945.

F/O W. P. Sprenger, Montreal, Quebec, killed 26 November 1940.

CANAV Books Special List

Larry Milberry sent me a message that he has just added around 150 new items at the beginning of the attached CANAV Books list of misc. items. Could be something of interest. Also, he has recently posted a new aviation item on his blog that covers the last airworthy Lockheed Jetstar, a plane that has a proud Canadian legacy.

Larry’s message…

Hi, readers and I hope that your 2020 goes well so far … here is CANAV’s Winter/Spring 2020 special list of books, journals and misc. collectables. Have a look and let me know if you see anything you’d like. See ordering info at the end. Cheers …

Larry Milberry

To reserve anything, email me at or phone (416) 698-7559 … For other news and updates see (Be sure to let me know any time you get tired of these lists.)

Quite Few Recent Additions, Just Wonderful Books!

[ ] Airy Somethings: The Extraordinary Life of the Aviation Pioneer Horatio Barber New book … Terry Grace and Maggie Wilson have thoroughly researched the life of this eccentric Englishman and his many interests. In his global travels in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Barber spent time in the Australia, USA and Canada too often getting into trouble with women and business ventures. In California he swindled investors in a ranching scheme; in Canada, his chief focus was hustling shares in northern mines. Back in the UK he spent years promoting pioneer aviation ventures, earned Royal Aero Club licence No.30, promoted airplane designs and sales, sold aviation insurance, and served in the RFC in WWI, supposedly even being in America for a time promoting what became the hugely successful RFC training plan. The book concludes with all Barber’s shady schemes in the 1920s-50s to his death in 1964. A fascinating, thorough, most interesting and important biography. 236 pages, large format, softcover, photos, diagrams throughout, bibliography, index. Very nice altogether! $37.00 A

[ ] Pair of Alitalia 6”x4” candy dishes c1970. One is “Rome”, one is “Milan”. Very nice items, great condition. Pair only $30.00 pp

[ ] Department of Vehicle Development Vehicle Trials Winter 1948-1949 Northwest Highway Final detailed 200-page, large format report re. Canadian Army cold weather vehicle trials in the Yukon. Such equipment as Chevy and Ford trucks, Ford ambulance, Ford anti-aircraft tractor, Mack 6 and 10 ton trucks. Very detailed stuff for a hardcore collector. Fair-to-good condition. $25.00 A

[ ] Austin Austin Airways: Canada’s Oldest Airline Milberry. If your interst is northern aviation, this lovely book is for you. The iconic Canadian airline from Waco to Beaver, Otter, DC-3, Canso, HS748. 300+ photos, map, colour profiles. 160pp, hc, lf. New copy for the aviation bibliophile. $80.00 A

[ ] The Canadair North Star Milberry. Considered the model for any aircraft history. Canada’s first airliner from conception to demise. Writes Air Pictorial, “A magnificent book in every respect.” Hundreds of photos, diagrams, foldouts, app’x, index. 252 pp, hc Very nice autographed copy. $21.00 A

[ ] Transatlantic Airships: An Illustrated History John Christophers enlightening history of this great era in air transportation. Solid text and a marvelous array of historic photos and other illustrations. Chiefly the great German and British vessels (others as well), the great achievements, the great disasters. 192pp, hardcover, chronology, biblio, index. New copy. $40.00 $18.50 B

[ ] Helicopters: The British Columbia Story Peter Corley Smith’s renowned book about this important and fascinating aspect of Canada’s air transportation. Latest (revised) ed’n. 226pp, photos, index. Very nice copy. $9.50 A

[ ] Aircraft in British Military Service since 1946 Flinthham A wonderful production, large format, hardcover, encyclopedic 332pp, photos, app’x, index. Just exceptional! New copy $60.00 $22.00 A

[ ] The Right of the Line The Royal Air Force in the European War 1939-1945 John Terraine’s award winning classic study. A must for any reader of the war in the air, often touted as the best ever history of the RAF in WWII. Covers every theatre, each descrbed in detail, all the victories and defeats. A massive hardcover effort at 840 pp, photos, notes, biblio, index. Nice copy. $20.00 A

[ ] Warships of the USSR and Russia 1945-1995 Pavlov A large-format hardcover with photos, specs and histories for hundreds of USSR vessels from “subs” to aircraft carriers. A gem of a book for any follower. 321pp, an amazing book from the Naval Institute Press New copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Desperate Siege: The Battle of Hong Kong Ferguson. Solid coverage of this dreadful British foul-up in 1941. Includes the important role there of the Canadians regiments. 252pp, hc, photos, map, index. Nice copy. $10.00 B

[ ] Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club: US Carrier Operations off Vietnam Francillon. One of the great classic air warfare books covering SE Asia in the 1960s-70s. Each carrier’s tours are covered, all the aircraft types you can imagine that served there. 214pp, lf, hc, photos galore, stats, etc. Nice copy, an amazing book. $18.50 A

[ ] There Shall Be Wings The great Leslie Frost’s 1959 in-depth history of the RCAF (on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Baddeck). 290pp, hc, photos. Nice copy, no dust jacket. $12.00 B

[ ] Sixty Years: The RCAF and CF Air Command 1924-1984 Milberry. Early RCAF days, interwar, WWII, postwar to modern days — a mini-CAFWP! 800+ photos, 95 colour profiles. We know how good Sixty Years is – its pages have been scoured and shamelessly poached by the authors of dozens of subsequent publications. This is copy No.33 from the book launching. Signed, authenticated and dated August 18, 1984. That’s copy No.33 of more than 20,000 through 5 printings 1984-2020. Signed to Roy and Joyce Inkster of the RCAF Aircrew Association. Collector item for the serious aviation bibliophile. $60.00 A

[ ] Canada’s Air Force Today Larry Milberry’s classic 1987 overview. 100s of wonderful photos, in-depth text, authoritative. 152pp, hc, lf, photos, app’x, index. Nice new copy. $40.00 $14.00 A

[ ] Canad’s Wings The Passion and the Force. Very nice new copy of John McQuarrie’s wonderful large format hardcover featuring Canada’s air for in 1990. 206 pages, colour throughout. $39.95 $14.00 A

[ ] RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft Griffin & Kostenuk. Classic sought-after source book. Covers every RCAF squadron with all its particulars, all the background – aircraft types, dates, locations, COs, etc. If you don’t yet have a copy, here’s your chance for a nice copy. Dust jacket is worn copy, rest of the book in decent shape. 256 pp, hc, lf, photos, app’x, index. $27.50 A

[ ] The Bremen Fred Hotson’s award- winning history of the first non-stop E-W airplane crossing of the Atlantic. One of CANAV’s most outstanding books. Writes the AAHS, “There are many books dealing with pioneer ocean flying, but only a very small number can be classified as important. This book belongs in that select group.” We agree all the way. You’ll totally enjoy this book. Photos, fold-out map, 3-views. 224 pp, hc. A real gem for any serious aviation library. New copy $22.95 $12.50 B

[ ] US Medium Bomber Units of World War 2, Northwest Europe Scutts. A very fine large-format hardcover dealing with its subject matter. Mainly covers the A-20, B-26 then the A-26. A visual feast with many superb large airplane and combat photos. 158pp, app’x, biblio, index. New copy $45.00 $20.00 A

[ ] Hero: The Buzz Beurling Story Brian Nolan’s excellent 1981 bio of the legendary RCAF fighter pilot. From Malta to Europe and Beurling’s tragic end. 200pp, hc, photos, biblio, app’x, index. MNice copy $12.00

[ ] Sky Tiger: The Story of Sailor Malan Norman Franks’ fine bio of the RAF’s great South African fighter ace. At first drawn to the sea, Malan joins the RAF in 1935. From Dunkirk to the Battle of Britain and onwards, he scores some 35 victories and rises to be G/C Malan. He dies postwar of Parkinson’s at age 53. 206pp, photos, app’x, index. New copy. $14.95 $9.50 B

[ ] Pathfinder: Record Breaking Pioneer, Bomber Pilot and Leader of the RAF Pathfinder Force Air Vice Marshall Donald Bennett’s story from pre-war pioneering in long-range commercial aviation, to his key role in the formation of Ferry Command to his leadership in forming and leading RAF 8 Group – “the Pathfinders”. Seminal RAF wartime history, essential reading. 270pp, sc, photos, app’x. New copy $16.95 $9.50 B

[ ] Five Years of NATO: A Report on the Atlantic Alliance As it says. A very nice original 48-page history of NATO to date. Magazine format. Many fascinating topics from an overall 1954 summary to “Guarding the Seas’, “Strategic Air Power”, “Canada’s Contribution”, “Belgium’s FN Rifle”, reviews from the various members (e.g., “Norway: The Northern Flank”, and a very interesting (now outdated) overview of Turkey that suggests a future with such nations as Iran and Iraq also becoming NATO allies. Photos, chart, nice copy for any serious collector. $50.00 all-in

[ ] The RCAF as Seen from the Ground (A Worm’s Eye View) Alexander Vellemna tell in detail what it was like for the RCAF ‘”round pounders” 1945-1953. Much about the postwar Winter Experimental Establishment at Edmonton. Important for anyone wanting the full story – not everyone in the RCAF was born to fly! 156pp, softcover, photos, ill., glossary. Nice copy $11.50 B

[ ] For We Were Young and We Had Wings Superb compendium covering a host of young Canadians who “signed up” in WWII to serve, to live or die. Excellent profiles of such Canadians as Spitfire aces Lloyd Chapman and Norm Bretz, Typhoon pilots Andy Lord and Frank Hanton, Lancaster crewmen F/O Harry Proskurniak and WO Steve Putnam, PR Mosquito pilot F/OJack Winship. A massive 550-page large format softcover packed withstories – from training to operations, 100s of photos and diagrams. New copy autographed by author Harry McFee. $27.50 A

[ ] Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story Sullivan & Milberry. A spectacular CANAV classic. From “round engine” bush flying years to the PT6 & PW100 in the Dash 8, ATR, etc. Photos galore of all the aircraft, etc. Airlines remarks, “An attractive example of how to make a company history come alive.” CAHS: “If you have enjoyed previous books published by CANAV, you will treasure this one.” Many years after Power appeared, this gorgeous book still draws a glance or two. In 2010 Pierre Gillard, one of Quebec’s leading aviation aficionados, noted (to the publisher’s delight): “Même si le livre est déjà assez ancien, il n’en demeure pas moins un indispensable.” Wow … how’s that for a gold star! 320 pp, hc, app’x, index. Like new copy autographed by Milberry. $18.50 A
(also available one copy of the French ed’n Propulsion same price)

[ ] A History of Aircraft Piston Engines By the king of this subject, the great Herschel Smith. From the earliest efforts through the complete evolution of these engines from the 1890s. These eventually are rated at 3000+ h.p. All these engines made the airplanes possible. Beautifully complements Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story. Nothing is missed in this essential primer. 254 pages, softcover, large format, photos, diagrams, charts, index. New copy. $35.00 A

[ ] Canadair: The First 50 Years Pickler & Milberry. The best source covering this great Canadian company. Origins in 1944 to final takeover by Bombardier. All the projects from DC-3 “refurb” in 1945 to the Challenger and CRJ. 392pp, hc, photos, diagrams, biblio, app’x, index. Like new. Autographed by Milberry $35.00 A

[ ] Family of Volunteers: An Illustrated History of the 48th Highlanders of Canada Beal. Covers 1891 – 2001. From South Africa to WWI, WWII and the periods of peace to modern times. A wonderful Robin Brass production. 176pp, sc, lf, photos, index. Very nice copy $12.50 A

[ ] The Long Road Home Fred Cederberg, who was a newspaper man after the war, tells one of the most realistic tales of any young Canadian fighting overseas in WWII. This is the down and dirty of the Italian campaign 1943-45. It’s almost too graphic in places, but that’s what makes it so worth reading. Noted the Ottawa Citizen, “An exciting, disquieting sergeant’s view of the stupidity and waste of war, but also its challenge and demand for courage.” Wrote the great Doug Fisher, “This is it. This is the way it was.” A must read. 230pp, sc, photos, map. New copy $19.95 $15.00 B

[ ] Some Died at Ortona: The Royal Canadian Regiment in Action in Italy 1943 Galloway. Day to day with the regiment preparing for and in battle in the Italian campaign. Then … the dreadful battle at Ortoina at Christmas. All the details for any serious reader. 222pp, sc, glossary. New copy. $14.95 $9.00 B

[ ] At War on the Gothic Line: Fighting in Italy 1944-45 Christian Jennings excellent 2016 history of this massive yet sometimes tentative effort to shorten WWII. All the politics among FDR, Churchill and their generals, how it all came down to the fighting man confronting often superior German divisions. But the Allies finally carry the day. Much about such amazing units as the Black and Japanese American regiments, the Canadians, and the Poles and Indians. Really an excellent, well-balanced presentation. 356pp, hc, photos, maps, notes, index. Like new. $15.50 B

Vokes: My Story The 1985 autobiography of yet another great Canadian Army general, Chris Vokes, DSO. From boyhood to generalship. Campaigns in Italy and NW Europe. Then the occupation and home to Canada Much very personal coverage. 232pp, hc. Excellent history, nice copy. $12.50 B

[ ] Distant Thunder: Canada’s Citizen Soldiers on the Western Front Kennedy. A solid history of the subject from Canada’s rush to prepare for war in 1914 to the first great battles on the Western Front — Ypres, the Somme, Vimy, etc. All the horrors of trench warfare, artillery barrages, gas, etc. To the bitter end at Cambrais in November 1918. A lot of fresh info well delivered. 236pp, sc, photos, biblio, chronology, index. New copy. $35.00 $14.50 A

[ ] From Baddeck to the Yalu: Stories of Canada’s Airmen at War Noel Shannon. A really decent compilation. Good coverage starting at Baddeck with the AEA, on to the pioneers of aerial warfare in WWI (lots of solid detail), the interwar years, much of WWII with familiar and not-so-familiar airmen’s names. Finishes with Canada’s F-86 pilots in Korea. Reallya decent effort written by a former combat pilot. 224pp, photos, index. Very nice copy $10.00 B

[ ] A Military History of Canada Des Morton’s best selling book beautifully summarizing it all from earliest years of colonizing through New France and the Seven Years War, onward with the British era, War of 1812, colonial revolutions, birth of Canada and on to WWI, WWII, UN to the present. An essential title for any Canadian military library shelf. 304pp, photos, index. Fine copy. $8.50 B

[ ] The Armed Forces of Canada 1867-1967: A Century of Achievement Authoritative in-depth history by the great D.J. Goodspeed, Directorate of History, Ottawa. An essential book to give added strength to your general Canadian military library. Beautifully produced large format hardcover. From Canada’s earliest militia, the Northwest Campaign, South Africa, WWI, formation of the RCN and RCAF, the interwar doldrums, on to WWII and the postwar era. A masterpiece and beautifully produced. Maps and photos, app’x, index. Nice copy, no dust jacket. $14.50 A

[ ] Canadian Airmen and the First World War, Vol.I DHist. As it says and in a class of its own. Indispensable source book if you don’t yet have your copy. 806 pp, hc, 200 photos, maps, foldouts. Nice copy. $40.00 A

[ ] Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium By author BGen T. Leversedge. A wonderful book covering the RCAF’s and Air Command’s aircraft through the decades into the 2010s. From the post-WWI types like the SE5, Camel and Avro 504, to the Siskin and Atlas, all the WWII types, then everything post-WWII to the present from the Mustang, Vampire and B-25, to the Neptune and Argus, Lancaster, Sabre, CF-100, CF-104, Banshee, Voodoo, Hornet, all the trainers, transports and helicopters as well. Many rare entries. 348 pages, hardcover, large format, biblio. NEW copy. $40.00 $17.50 A

[ ] Combat Legend F-86 Sabre Martin Bowman’s wonderful overall history of this classic fighter. The author boils the story down to the essentials from earliest post-WWII days through all the Sabre versions in all the nations. Much about the Canadair Sabre. Wonderful photos and colour profiles. A real gem of a book, especially to complement your copy of The Canadair Sabre. 96-page 7×10 inch softcover, app’x, index. New copy. $21.95 $15.00 B (this book + a new autographed copy of The Canadair Sabre $35.00 A)

[ ] The Spitfire Smiths: A Unique Story of Brothers in Arms S/L R.I.A. “Rod” Smith, DFC, and Bar. The authoritative story of these renowned RCAF brothers who fought at Malta. To be enjoyed by all interested in RCAF heritage. One died in service, one was in the postwar RCAF – all the exciting details. 224pp, hc, photos, index. NEW copy. $35.00 $15.00 B

[ ] Buck McNair, Spitfire Ace Franks. Bio of one of the RCAF’s great wartime and postwar fighter pilots. Boyhood, training, first combat, North Africa, Malta, Europe, postwar. A really wonderful tribute by the great Norman Franks to a superb Canadian. You’ll love this one! 178pp, sc, photos, line drawings, app’x, biblio, index. New copy. $19.95 $9.50 B

[ ] Invasion without Tears: The Story of Canada’s Top-Scoring Spitfire Wing in Europe During the Second World War Written by a senior RCAF intelligence officer who was present through this period – Monty Berger. Covers many of the RCAF’s great combat pilots whose names will be familiar to you. An essential RCAF WWII sourcebook. 240pp, hc, photos, maps, biblio, app’x, index. Nice copy $15.00 B

[ ] Blue Skies The Autobiography of a Canadian Spitfire Pilot in World War II Acclaimed best seller by RCAF Spitfire pilot Bill Olmsted, DSO, DFC and Bar. He fights from the UK to Malta, Italy and Normandy. One of the best such RCAF reads. 262 pp, sc, photos, map, gloss. Like new. $13.50 B

[ ] The Greatest Air Battle: Dieppe, 19th August 1941 Franks. Hour-by-hour account of 1000s of sorties flown by both sides over Dieppe. One of the best WWII air combat histories. Much RCAF content. 256pp, sc, photos, app’x, biblio, index. New copy. $18.95 $13.50 B

[ ] Spitfire:The History Morgan & Shacklady (1989 ed’n). The grandest history to date of the great fighter. Whatever questions you have are answered here. 634pp, hc, photos, c-profiles, dia, line art, complete prod’n list, app’x, index. Nice copy $25.00 A

[ ] The Rise and Fall of the German Air Force 1933-1945 A fantastic book from the UK Public Record Office War Histories series. Derived from the UK’s secret postwar investigations. Just as the title say, for any keen reader of WWII air warfare. 432pp, hc, photos, maps, charts, index. Like new $24.00 B

[ ] The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book 1939-1945 Martin Middlebrook’s incomparable record of every Bomber Command operation of WWII. Indispensible for understanding the air war over Europe. A book that you will use time and time again and never part with this one!. 804 pages, softcover, photos, index. New copy. $45.00 A

[ ] Bomber Command Losses 1945 From W.R. Chorley’s seminal series. Every bomber lost for the last year of the war with outline of the mission — each crewman’s name and trade, who died, who survived, the when and the where, the circumstances, etc. 100s of RCAF entries + the essential historical text. 224pp, sc New Copy $28.00 B

[ ] Target Dresden Cooper. On the night of 13/14 February 1945, more than 800 RAF bombers dropped 2500 tons of explosives on Dresden, causing a devastating firestorm. Chronicles the development of bombing from the WWI Zeppelin raids on England., then examines the pros and cons of Dresden. 256pp, sc, photos, app’x. New copy. $19.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Nuremberg Raid Martin Middlebrook’s legendary coverage of this landmark Bomber Command raid. Truly the horrors of war! 368pp, hardcover, photos, map, app’x. index. Good copy. $10.00 B

[ ] Avro Lancaster From the great Lancaster researcher Harry Holmes, here is the ideal Lancaster profile. From the “Combat Legend” series. From development (Manchester, etc.) to “ops” (including the special ones). All the “Lanc” VCs are covered, all the variants and survivors, the production history and specs. 96pp 7×10 inch format, photos, colour profiles, app’x, index. Very nice copy. $12.50 B

[ ] The Evaders: True Stories of Downed Canadians and Their Helpers in World War II Lavender & Sheffe (1992). Famous history covering many of the RCAF fliers on the run in enemy territorty. 264pp, sc, photos, doc, app’x, index. Nice copy $13 .50 B

[ ] B-17 Flying Fortress: A Bombing Legend The great Michael O’Leary’s wonderful 9×9 softcover “Osprey” covering this perennially important aviation topic. Features civil B-17s from postwar “Forts” hauling cargo in Bolivia to aerial survey workhorses, to the great restored B-17s from “Shoo Shoo Baby” to “Memphis Belle”, “Fuddy Duddy”, “Sentimental Journey”, “Aluminum Overcast” and the recently departed “Nine O Nine”. A lovely book, 128pp, sc, 9×9. New $12.50 B

[ ] Hitler’s Rockets: The Story of the V2s Longmate. As it says … a massively-detailed history of this infamous terror weapon of WWII. 422pp, paperback, photos, biblio, index. Like new. $12.50 B

[ ] Above the Trenches: The Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920 Shores, Franks, Guest. This is the ultimate book covering the topic. All the many Canadians included. A wide-ranging, beautifully designed masterpiece of a book. 396pp, hc, photos, all the aces in alph. order, very easy to use. For any reader with the remotest interest. Very nice copy. $40.00 A

[ ] The French Air Service War Chronolgy 1914-1918: Day to Day Claims and Losses by French Fighter, Bomber and Two-Seat Pilots on the Western Front Bailey. Just as it says and a monumental and magnificent book. 326pp, hc, photos. New copy $65.00 $24.50 A

[ ] No.60 Sqn RFC/RAF Alex Revell’s renowned history of the top WWI fighter sqn. From Osprey’s “Aviation Elite Units” series. The in-depth story of the sqn 1916-1918, Nieuports & SE5s. Many Canadian pilots served here. Much about Canada’s great W.A. “Billy” Bishop, VC. 128pp, sc, photos, colour profiles, app’x, index. Nice copy. $9.50 B

[ ] Immelman: The Eagle of Lille Bio. Of the great German fighter ace of WWI 208pp, hc, photos, list of victories. New copy. $32.95 $12.50 B

[ ] The Red Baron’s Last Flight: The Mystery Investigated Franks & Bennett. The final word on the fate of Manfred von Richthofen. On April 21, 1918 he was shot down over the front. Canadian pilots W.R. “Wop” May & A. Roy Brown were in on the action, but who fired the fatal shot? This study goes about as far as can be in finding a rational answer. 144pp, hc, photos, maps, docs, app’x, index. New copy, but two bumped corners $9.50 B

[ ] Shark Squadron: The History of 112 Squadron 1917-1975 Robin Brown’s outstanding covering of the renowned RAF squadron. From Camels in WWII through the 1930s to Gladiators and Kittyhawks in Crete and N. Africa, the Italian campaign with Mustangs. Many Canadian pilots. Postwar on the Vampire, Canadair Sabre, Hunter, finishing as an anti-aircraft sqn. 304 99, hc, photos, maps, intensive app’x, index. New copy. $50.00 $17.50 B

[ ] The Story of 609 Squadron – Under the White Rose Ziegler This beloved RAF squadron from pre-war beginnings, through the Battle of Britain with “Spits” on through the war, then Typhoons, war’s end (many Canadians fought with 609), postwar with Meteors to disbandment. 388pp, hc, photos, index. Another masterpiece of a sqn history. Like new. $15.00 B

[ ] RAF Squadrons in the Battle of Britain Robinson. Just as it says, squadron after squadron, each one’s locations, aircraft, personnel, involvement, successes, losses and more. 288pp, photos, maps, app’x, biblio, index. New copy. $50.00, $17.50 B

[ ] 617 Squadron: The Dambusters at War Tony Bennett’s authoritative perspective about the fabulous squadron on which numerous RCAF served (Tony served on 617). This beautifully complements your another “dam buster” books, so don’t miss this one! The “dams raid”, the Tirpitz and all the rest. 272pp, glossary, photos. Nice copy. $13.50 B

[ ] Paths to Freedom Canadian Bob Kellow’s own story of his days and 617 Sqn. Shot down in September 1943, he evades and is back in the UK in 12 weeks. Very exciting reading, esp. how the underground ran its escape cells, getting 100s of Allied airmen to safety. 188pp, sc, photos, maps. New book. $16.95 $10.50 B

[ ] Spitfire Offensive W/C R.W.F. Sampson, DFC and Bar starts with 602 Sqn, fights over Dieppe, commands 127 Sqn and 145 Wing, finishes with a victory record of 4-5-1. Sampson’s postwar RAF career also covered. One of the best such Spitfire pilot books. 182pp, hc, photos, app’x, index. New copy. $37.95 $14.50 B

[ ] Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific Osprey title by Andy Thomas, so you know it’s a good one! Very nicely done, 96pp, sc, photos, colour profiles, app’x, index. New copy. $25.95 $9.50 B

[ ] Aces of the Condor Legion Forsyth, another fine Osprey. As it says. You’ll want this one if following this era in aerial warfare, or if keen on such types as the Bf.109. A gem of a book. 112pp, sc, photos, colour profiles, app’x, index. Like new. $25.95 $9.50 B

[ ] The Quick and the Dead W.A. “Bill” Waterton’s 1956 autobio. The great pilot’s achievements from the Gloster E.1 to the Meteor & Javelin. Then in Canada where he makes the first flight of the CF-100. Back in the UK, he excels at Gloster, but an accident and politic end his test piloting days. Waterton returns to Canada for good. Top reading. 200pp, hc, photos. Like new $12.50 B

[ ] Forty Nights to Freedom Bio. Of RCAF Beaufighter pilot and escaper Stewart F. Cowan. Solid RCAF history, rare book. Nice autographed copy $16.50 B

[ ] Messerschmitt BF.109 at War van Ishoven. From the great1970s “At War” series. The great fighter from genesis to war’s end. Authoritative, in-depth text, masses of photos. 160pp large format, hc. Nice copy. $14.50 A

[ ] A Trepid Aviator RCAF pilot W.W. “Wally” Fraser’s gripping real life story of B-24 Liberator operations in the Far East in 1944-45. From low-level straffing missions to high-level bombing, Fraser and crew are in the thick of it. Life and death stuff “from the horse’s mouth”. 266pp, sc, photos. Very nice autographed copy. $14.00 B

[ ] Operations Most Secret: SOE The Malayan Theatre Ian Trenowden’s inside look at how the UK dealt with special ops against the ruthless Japanese 1942-45. The efforts against the Japanese in the jungle of 400 special-trained SOE men, how they came and went in submarines and PBYs, their training, their arms, their bravery, the immense risks, etc. 230pp, hc, photos, maps, app’x, index. New copy. $40.00 $18.50 B

[ ] The Dangerous Sky: Canadian Airmen in World War II As it says (when books actually were books, right). Tom Coughlin’s classic book with foreword by Douglas Bader. Very well done, in depth text covering all commands. 214 pp, hc, lf, photos, map, app’x biblio, index. Nice copy. $18.00 A

[ ] Shark Squadron: The History of 112 Squadron 1917-1975 Robin Brown’s

[ ] Britain’s Merchant Navy A classic 1943 study by Sir Arvchibald Hurd Britain’s ancient dependence on the sea, the rise of her merchant fleets from sail to WWII. All the hazards at sea, much about the U-boat menace. The horrendous dangers and the steadfastness of the merchant sailor. Many technical details, photos, beautiful cut-aways of various ships, many maps with routes. Many survivors tales.256pp, hc, index. Nice 73-year-old copy. $15.00 B

The RCN in Retrospect 1910-1968 Boutilier. Really the best overall RCN history for these eras in print, it’s all encapsulated here. Peacetime to war and back again, the aircraft carriers included, the unification crisis, etc. 372pp, photos, maps, diagrams, glossary, notes. Very nice copy. $17.50 B

[ ] Far Distant Ships: An Official Account of Canadian Naval Operations in World War II J. Schull’s classic RCN history 1939-45. A “must” for anyone who reads and enjoys Canadian history. 514 pp, sc, photos, maps, index. New. $29.95 $15.00 B

[ ] Flower Class Corvettes Lambert & Brown The full story of these vital anti-submarine vessels that became the scourge of the U-boat fleet in the North Atlantic. The story of each RCN vessel. The combat record, the success and losses. 128pp, hc, lf, photos, diagrams. New copy. $40.00 $17.50 A

[ ] Canadian Civil Aircraft Register December 31, 1976 Transport Canada. As it says, every civil-registered Canadian civil a/c to that date. Half the book by registration, half cross-indexed by manufacturer/type. Valuable sourcebook or collector item. 600+ pages, large format, softcover. Former library copy, very good condition. $50.00 A

[ ] Mohawks over Burma” Beauchamp. The detailed story of Canadians and their Commonwealth pals flying the Curtiss 75 Mohawk fighter in the early days of the Burma conflict 1942-43. Mohawks take a heavy toll againstsuperior Japanese forces, including the dreaded Zero. Detailed profiles of the various “Canucks”. Life on rugged advanced airfields with no comforts. 310 pages, hardcover, diary excerpts, photos, app’x, index. Excellent copy. $50.00 B

[ ] Tobruk Commando Landsborough. The story of a daring 1942 British commando raid in Egypt/Libya. How a simple raid grew in scale with the planning, then fell apart in the execution. Very exciting story! 216 pages, hardcover, photos. 1st ed’n 1956, nice copy. $13.50 B

[ ] The Lion’s Last Roar: Suez 1956 Cooper. The genesis of this infamous crises, how its developed as a military confrontation (land, sea and air), all the forces at play. How Britain failed at this effort, suffering long term losses and opening the way in this region to the USSR. 308 pages, maps, notes, biblio, index. Nice copy. $16.50 B

[ ] Wings over Suez: The First Authoritative Account of Air Operations during the Sinai and Suez Wars of 1958 Brian Cull does a magnificent job with this lovely Grub Street book. Action with all the many aircraft types with the various/many combatants. Vampires, Meteors, MiGs, Venoms, Attackers, Canberras, etc. Several ex-RCAF pilots involved. 386pp, hc, photos, app’x, index. Like new. $25.00 B

[ ] Clean Sweep: The Life of Air Marshall Sir Ivor Broom, DSO, DFC and 2 Bars, AFC This leading RAF pilot’s story told by the great Tony Spooner, DSO, DFC A lovely Crecy hardcover. All Broom’s wartime operations (3 tours) including suicidal early “ops” on Blenheims and the rigours of 31 equally dangerous Blemheim “ops” in the Mediterranean. Mosquitos, etc. follow, then, Broom’s exciting postwar flying career to 1977. Top-notch RAF history. 244pp, hc, phpotos, app’x, index. New copy $35.00 $16.50 B

[ ] Up in Harm’s Way: Flying with the Fleet Air Arm. R.M. Crosley, DSC and Bar tells the story of the FAA through his own career from late WWII into the modern era. From Sunderland to Sea Fury, Gannett, Sea Vixen, Scimitar, Buccaneer, Harrier and various USN type sflown at Pax River. This is a gem of a read, solid history. 256pp, hc, photos, app’x, index. A fine Airlife production. New copy. $35.00 $16.50 B

[ ] Twenty-One Squadrons: The History of the Royal Auxiliary Airforce 1925-1957. Leslie Hunt’s wonderful and massive history of these historic and vital RAF squadrons including all the renowned “600” series squadrons of the Battle of Britain, etc.. Each squadron’s history in detail, all the people, planes, places and achievements. 432pp, photos, charts. Very nice copy $16.50 A

[ ] U.S. Battleship Operations in World War 1 Jones/Naval Institute Press. As it says, in-depth coverage of this era in the US Navy’s (then) modern era. How the US fleet teamed with the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet to give the latter, “an unqualified superiority over the German fleet”. The USN learns many lessons (gunnery, etc.) from the RN. All the great ships and naval leaders. 170 pages, photos, notes, biblio, index. Very nice copy. $18.00 B

[ ] The Battle of the River Plate Campbell. Detailed coverage of this classic naval confrontation – Germany’s great battleship, Graf Spee, against HMS Achilles, Ajax and Exeter. Each side scored hits, Graf Spee sought haven in Uruguay, then sailed to sea to be scuttled. Thusly, did the British attain one of their early victories at sea in WWII. Includes much about the German “ghost ship” Altmark. 256pp, photos, map, app’x, index. Nice copy, 3rd printing 1940. $15.50 B

[ ] A Terrible Beauty: The Art of Canada at War Robertson. A lovely, award-winning book covering its topic 1914-18 and 1939-45. Many classic pieces of Canadian war art with detailed text. “The Sinking of the Athabaskan”, “Bomber Run”, “S/L Hal Gooding, DFC”, “Pranged Halifax Q Queenie”, etc. All of Canada’s great war artists are included, a really lovely production 240 pp, hc, lf. 100s of colour ill. GC. $24.00 A

[ ] The Rise of the Tudors: The Family that Changed English History Skidmore (2013) From Henry Tudor’s victory over Richard III in 1485, this is “a tale of brutal feuds and deadly civil wars, and the remarkable rise of the Tudor family from obscure Welsh gentry to the throne of England”. 436pp, photos, maps, notes, index. Nice copy $13.50 B

[ ] The Battle for Hell’s Island Moore. A really superb history of how US naval aviation struggled, then, finally succeeded in the early years of WWII in the South Pacific. Amazingly detailed and well written. Mainly focuses on the Battle of the Coral Sea and Guadalcanal and how USN aircraft carriers there duelled with Japanese counterparts. Many carriers go under, the losses are astounding. Dauntless and Avenger divebombers covered by Wildcats fight almost daily with formidable enemy bombers and fighters. 498pp, hc, photos, maps, app’x, biblio, index. A serious page-turner, you won’t regret this fantastic read! Very nice copy $15.00 A

[ ] Log book for SS Victorious Upper Lakes Shipping Co. laker Victorious’ log from Trip 1 1966 to her final sailing – Trip 18 1968. Vessel then was sold and used to help form a breakwater at Ontario Place, Toronto. All entries made in hand, showing departure and destination ports, cargo in detail by hold (Durham No.5 wheat, bushels per hold, coal (by type), salt) tons per hold, draft fore & aft, loading & discharging times, etc. Each page signed off by such officers as D. Fenton, H. Freeman, C. Hiscock, R. Smith. 198 pages, hardback logbook, first 74 pages are used for entries. Also includes various receipts for movements and transactions with such companies as American Grain Terminals Inc, Canada Department of Agriculture, Toledo Board of Trade. Great Lakes collector item only. Nice condition. $180.00 all in

[ ] Canada’s Air Force Today Larry Milberry’s renowned 1987 title, just as it says. Covers every Group from the day and a solid description of the work done by each – fighters, transports, maritime, helios, etc. Rich in colour photos 152pp, large format, hardcover, app’x, index. Includes a free copy of CANAV’s 24-page 1991 “Update” to CAFT. Very nice autographed copy. $16.00 A

[ ] Vintage Aircraft in Canada 1976 CAHS publication. 68-page booklet with photos listing everything known at the time. Still a useful source book, otherwise a nifty collectable. Nice copy. $14.00 postpaid

{ } RCAF Meteor Mk.III EE361 Daily Reports The original hand-written, work-a-day, hardcover RCAF Winter Experimental Establishment log book for this famous RCAF jet fighter from November 20, 1946 to the last entry February 28, 1927: “A/C flown steadily since 16th of Feb. OAT -20C, no hydraulic troubles. Fuel consumptions tests, engines OK. Fuel very dirty from barrel and ice deposits. Streamline filter renewed in bowser …” Last page of the book lists “Ground Running Time” port & starboard engines Nov.5 1947 to January 10, 1948. This is an original RCAF “T35 Note Book for Workshop and Laboratory Records”. This item only for the serious collector deeply interested in the RCAF’s initial “hands on” experience with the jet fighter. Nice item just as it was on its final day of use in 1947. About the first ½ of the book has entries, the rest is blank. You have seen this diary referred to in CANAV’s books Sixty Years and in Canada’s Air Force at War and Peace, Vol.3. EE361 was on RCAF strength March 14, 1946 to March 5, 1948. $250.00 B

[ ] 18 Souls: The Loss and Legacy of Cougar Flight 491 Etheridge. Solid history of the disastrous 2009 crash of the Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92 serving the oil rigs off Newfoundland. How this tragedy unfolded, then profiles of those aboard that day. A solid piece of aviation history. 332 pages, softcover. $24.95 New copy. $16.50 B

[ ] Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair Michael Beschloss’ ultimate coverage of this … one of the greatest Cold War episodes. The story of US-USSR standoff, the USAF, the CIA, Soviet air defences, Francis Gary Powers, etc. 494pp, photos, map, notes, index. Nice copy. $14.50 B

[ ] Explorers: The Most Exciting Voyages of Discovery from the African Expeditions to the Lunar Landing As it says and a gem of a production. Really nicely produced using many large fold-outs on card stock to show off the many maps and photos. Deals with all the continents, good coverage of the NW Passage incl. Amundsen + USS Nautilus. NEW copy sticker price $29.95. $15.50 B

[ ] Voyageurs of the Air J.R.K. Main’s solid overview of Canadian aviation history through the decades. A staple in any well-balanced Canadian aviation library. 396pp, hc, photos, map, index. Very nice copy $12.00 A

[ ] Business Wings: 30 Years of the Canadian Business Aircraft Association Fred Hotson’s excellent history of the early years of corp. av’n in Canada. The only such stand-alone title covering this topic. 48-page magazine, photos. Collector item, nice copy. $20.00 postpaid

[ ] U.S. Commercial Aircraft The great Kenneth Munson’s lovely 1982 history of this basic and beloved subject. All the great types through the decades from the 1913 Benoist flying boat in Tampa onward to the modern jetliners of the 1980s. Beautifully produced, many superb photos. 224pp, hc, lf, chronology, appendix, index. Very nice copy. An ace of a Jane’s production. $17.50 A

[ ] McDonnell Douglas: A Tale of Two Giants Yenne. Ditto. 256pp, nice copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Alaska Airlines Airways Classics series by the great John Wegg. 75th ann. ed’n. 80pp, magazine format, photos galore, map. Pioneering days to the present, all the great people, planes and routes. Lovely copy. $15.00 B

[ ] Braniff Airlines Airways Classics series by the great John Wegg. Ditto Alaska. $15.00 B

[ ] U.S. Military Aircraft 1908 to April 6, 1917 From the Robert Casari series, Vol.3 Curtiss J, N, JN-2, JN-3 and N-8. 72 page 6×9 booklet, photos, index. Nice copy. $15.00 postpaid

[ ] Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Aircraft The World War I Production Program, The Curtiss Jennies From the Robert Casari series, 152pp, hc, photos, charts, drawings, index. In-depth cverage of the Canadian programs. Very nice copy $30.00 B

[ ] Lockheed Hercules Production List 1954-1996 Lars Olausson’s seminar C-130/L382 Hercules from airplane No.1 53-3396 ordered in 1953. 126 page cerlox-bound pocket-size booklet, nice copy. $7.50 B

[ ] Dreams of Food and Freedom Booth. A fascinating local history. The men of Ontario’s Elgin County who served as Prisoners of War from the War of 1812 onward. Much of WWI & WWII, some airmen included. Each man’s early life is covered, then his military career and life as a POW, then how he fared after the war. New copy. $16.50 B

[ ] The Constellation Air-Britain 1969. Ditto. 66pp, sc, photos. Good copy $5.50B

[ ] Civil Aircraft Registers of Canada 1996/97 Air Britain. As you’d expect. 304pp, sc. Nice copy. $12.50 A

[ ] Airline and Airliner Fleets 1989 Pineburn Press, as it says. 186pp, sc. Very good copy. $6.00 B

[ ] Piston Engine Airliner Production List Eastwood & Roach. From the well-known series. Essential sourcebook. 1991 ed’n. Nice copy. $8.50 A

[ ] Turbo Prop Airliner Production List Vol.1 Boeing Roach & Eastwood. Ditto. 1990 ed’n. 400pp, sc. Good copy. $6.50 A

[ ] Turbo Prop Airliner Production List Vol.1 Boeing Roach & Eastwood. Ditto. 2007 ed’n. 472pp, sc. Nice copy. $7.50 A (Both turbo props $12.50 A)

[ ] Jet Airliner Production List Vol.1 Boeing Roach & Eastwood. Ditto. 2005 ed’n. 496pp, sc. Very nice copy. $8.50 A

[ ] Jet Airliner Production List Vol.2 All the others. Roach & Eastwood. Ditto. 2004 ed’n. 510pp, sc. Very nice copy. $8.50 A (both jet ed’ns $13.50 A)

{ } Airline Fleet Quick Reference AFQR 2013 Air-Britain. As it says, useful sourcebook. 272pp, sc. Nice copy $7.50 B

{ } Airline Fleet Quick Reference AFQR 2015 Air-Britain. As it says, useful sourcebook. 286pp, sc. Nice copy $7.50 B (Both $12.00 A)

[ ] JP Aircraft-Markings 71 Early example of the “JP” series 176pp, pocket book format, photos. Alph. order by airline. Nice copy $7.50 B

[ ] JP Aircraft-Markings 74 Early example of the “JP” series 238p, pocket book format, photos. Ditto Nice copy $7.50 B

[ ] JP Aircraft-Markings 75 Early example of the “JP” series 302pp, pocket book format, photos. Ditto. Nice copy $7.50 B

[ ] JP Aircraft-Markings 77 Early example of the “JP” series 330pp, pocket book format, photos. Alph. Order by airline. Nice copy $9.50 B

[ ] Airliner Production List Nigel Tomkins, 1978 ed’n. From the “World Airline Fleets” series. 362pp, sc, photos. Nice copy $8.50 B

[ ] Turboprop Airliners & Military Transports of the World 94 Standard excellent Air-Britain sourcebook – as it says. 408pp, softcover, good copy. $9.50 A

[] Jet & Propjet 2003 Corporate Aircraft Directory Simmonds & Ricardson 526pp, sc, photos. Very nice copy $8.50 B

[] Jet & Propjet 2006 Corporate Aircraft Directory Simmonds & Ricardson 560pp, sc, photos. Very nice copy $8.50 B (Both $14.50)

[ ] Jet Airliners of the World Air-Britain 1974 profile by J.R. Birch 96pp, 7×9 inch. As it says. Good copy $7.50 B

[ ] Jet Airliners of the World 1949-1998 Air-Britain 50th ann. ed’n. 336 pp, hardcover. As usual … alph. order by manufacturer. Very nice copy $12.50 A

[ ] Jet Airliner Production List 1949-1989 Roach & Eastwood Massive compendium. 460pp, sc. Very nice copy. $9.50 A

[ ] Jet Airliners of the World 1990 Air-Britain. Standard A-B publication that you fans know & love. 334pp, sc, nice copy $12.50 A

[ ] Canada’s Air Force at War and Peace, Vol. 1 Milberry. In September 2000 Britain’s Scale Aviation Modeller International selected Vol.1 as its “Book of the Month”: “Well, what can we say! This is a book that truly deserves the ‘must have’ title… one that all RCAF and Canadian aviation fans will want.” Writes Airforce: “…the most comprehensive history of Canada’s air force ever produced.” Canadian Flight says “the grand-daddy of all Christmas presents for air force vets.” Begins in 1914 with the feeble Canadian Av’n Corps, moves to Canadians in the RFC/RNAS/RAF. Ch.1 has more than 30,000 words: fighters, bombers, coastal patrol, training. Ch.2? Interwar years. CAF/RCAF from its start in training, photo, surveying, fisheries & sovereignty, treaty & training flights. The RCAF grows more military. Pix from HS-2L to Atlas, Hurricane. Ch.3? Home front 1939-45. 230 photos. BCATP, home defence, domestic transport, industry. Day Fighters 1939-45 – No.1 Sqn in the Battle of Britain, D-Day, the march through Europe, Far East, etc. Hurricanes, Spitfires, Typhoons, etc. Vol.1 296 pp, 700 photos, 200,000 words, 9×12 lf, hc, glos, biblio, index. $69.50 sticker price. Small ding at top of spine. Good autographed copy $10.00 A

[ ] Behind the Glory: The Plan that Won the Allied Air War Barris Canada in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in WW2. Excellent history of this great enterprise in Canada, many first-hand interviews, full of exciting action in time of war. 358pp, sc, photos, map, biblio, index. Nice copy. $10.50 B

[ ] Behind the Glory: The Plan that Won the Allied Air War Ditto except hardcover ed’n. Some slight marking-up by the previous owner, but really quite a nice copy. $12.50 B

[ ] Day of Infamy Walter Lord’s famous history of the Japanese surprise attach on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. First ed’n 1957. All the basic history as known to that time. The background, the attack, America’s unpreparedness, the aftermath of this historic day in world history. 242pp, hc, photos, maps, index. Decent copy. $8.00 B

[ ] British Journal of Photography Annual 1967 Wonderful book of archival + contemporary b/w images + great tech gen about cameras & photography. Many key themes of the day – Vietnam War, disasters, Dorothea Lange section, auto racing. For the connoisseur/collector. 258pp, hc, lf. Very nice copy. $16.00 A

[ ] The Canadians at War 1939/45 Fabulous 1986 Reader’s Digest coverage land, sea & air. Authoritatively researched, beautifully produced. 480pp, hc, lf, maps, photos. Very nice copy. $10.00 A

[ ] The Greatest Flight: Reliving the Aerial Triumph that Changed the World McMillan. Lovely, impressive big book covering the 5-week 1994 flight of a full-scale replica Vimy bomber from the UK to Australia, re-enacting in glorious form the original 1919 flight. 256pp, extra-large format, all the photos in “then and now” layout, just magnificent. Lovely copy. $15.00 A

[ ] It Seems Like Only Yesterday Philip Smith’s seminal history of Trans-Canada Air Lines. Essential Canadian aviation content. 368pp, hc, photos, index. Nice copy. $14.50 B

[ ] My Lady of Courage G/C Z.L. Leigh’s tribute to his wife, Linny. Their lives together in the world of aviation 1930s-80s – in the bush, TCA, RCAF, retirement. Another side to the Canadian aviation story and good stuff. Complements G/C Leigh’s own story And I Shall Fly. 280pp, sc, photos. Good copy. $8.50 B

[ ] And I Shall Fly G/C Z. L. Leigh’s autobio. From prairie barnstormer to Arctic aviator, to his job as TCA’s first pilot. On to coastal Hudsons, overseas transport operations with B-17s, the founding of Air Transport Command, etc. Chapter re. Newfoundland air transport c. 1930 + Goose Bay post-WWII. 212 pp, sc, photos, index. New copy $18.00 B (Both copies $24.00 B)

[ ] Hubbard:The Forgotten Boeing Aviator Brown. Important history of one of the great early aviators. Hubbards many “firsts” including the 1920 Seattle-Victoria air mail. 226pp, sc, photos, biblio, index. Very nice autographed copy. $12.00 B

[ ] [ ] Flight 111 Kimber. The detailed and tragic story of Swissair 111 MD-11 lost off Nova Scotia in 1998. Thoroughly researched and well presented. 328pp, sc $15.00 B

[ ] Bombardier Global Express Official invitation from Laurent Beaudoin to the rollout of the Global Express at Downsview in August 1996. Nicely done in a thick board 7×7 inch velvety cover. Rare, collector item only. $20.00 B

[ ] The Truth Straight from the Top about Air Canada Robert Milton answers his critics and he “gets it straight” for the historic record. You can imagine how these two books differ! 266pp, hc, notes, index. Like new copy. $13.50 B

[ ] Census of U.S. Civil Aircraft as of December 31, 1964 FAA publication, massive treatment of the topic from many perspectives such as totals of aircraft by names, by engine, by state, by manufacturer, e.g., 35.012 Cessnas vs2357 Mooneys vs 1782 Douglas vs 947 Lockheed. Rotary wing & gliders incl. 170pp, sc, maps. Nice copy $14.00 A

[ ] The American Heritage History of Flight Josephy et al. (1962). A magnificent history of aviation in the USA and its interconnections abroad. 416pp, hc, lf, photos, profiles, paintings. Simply a lovely production. Nice copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Skyward: Why Flyers Fly Richard Munson’s magnificent extra-large format glossy-page book with some of the best ever aircraft photos, includes many detailed profiles of men and planes by people who just live to fly. Beech 17 & Ford Trimotor to classic Stinsons, on to modern airliners, bizjets, homebuilts, ag planes and warbirds. One of the most beautiful such productions. 208pp. Good copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Leading Edge Walter Boyne’s (Dir. NASM) fabulous history of aviation in text + magnificent colour photos. Truly one of the most delightful such books, anyone will love a copy. 232pp, hc, lf, index. Like new. $12.50 A

[ ] Canada’s Aviation Pioneers: 50 Years of McKee Trophy Winners Sutherland (1978). Essential Canadian source book. The work on the subject to 1978. Thoroughly done with detailed bios + photos. 304pp, hc, lf, maps, index. Nice copy, should be in every Canadian aviation library. $16.00 A

[ ] US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Directory Donald & Lake. From World Air Power Journal. Indispensable guidebook that holds its usefulness year after year. Histories of all modern types, all bases and units. 232pp, lf, hc, photos, 3-views, maps, charts, app’x, index. Like new except one folded blank page at the very end. $21.50 A

[ ] US Air Force Air Power Directory From World Air Power Journal. Indispensable 1992 guidebook that holds its usefulness year after Esatmooyear. Histories of all modern types, all bases and units. 232pp, lf, hc, photos, 3-views, maps, charts, app’x, index. Collector item, very nice copy $12.00 A

[ ] World Air Power Directory Several new copies of this seminal military publication: Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7. Very classy productions, in-depth material all the way. Each $9.50 A

[ ] Canadair Sabre CL-13A Mk.5 Peter Sickinger’s in-depth detailed 1990 profile of this great Canadian-made fighter in Luftwaffe service. German text, English captions. 48 pages, photos, drawings, fleet list. The thorough profile! Very rare item, nice copy except front page has some obvious creases. $20.00 postpaid

[ ] Canadair Sabre CL13B Mk.6 Ditto … Siegfriede Wache’s wonderful 1992 profile. 44 pages, photos, drawings, fleet list. Nice copy. $25.00 postpaid

[ ] Veteran and Vintage Aircraft Leslie Hunt’s amazingly detailed 1974 compendium covering the world’s preserved aircraft, where they are, what’s their status, etc. Very detailed notes for many of the entries, 100s of photos. A gem of a sourcebook. 336pp, sc, index Nice copy. $9.50 A

[ ] The National Air and Space Museum Haber. Wonderful visual spectacle showing the museum’s collection in glorious colour. 128pp, extra-large format, detailed write-ups. Another gem of a museum book, a photographic art event! Very nice copy. $12.00 A

[ ] Modern Commercial Aircraft A delightful and useful 1987 sourcebook by the great Wm Green et al.Very good details with photos, 3-views and cutaways of the main aircraft in use then globally. Beautifully laid out book that will be a delight for year. 208pp, hc, index. Very nice copy. $14.50 A

[ ] Operation Apollo: The Golden Age of the Canadian Navy in the War against Terrorism Gimblett. Canada’s naval deployment to the Arabian Sea following 9/11. 16 warships + 4100 sailors combat world terrorism. 160 pp, 250 photos, charts, maps. New copy. $16.50 A

United States Naval Aviation 1910 – 1980 Official US Navy history, a massive book that’s essential for anyone with an interest. Chronologically arranged with masses of photos and lists. A masterpiece of a book! 546pp, hc, lf. Lovely copy. $24.00 A

[ ] The Evolution of the Cruise Missile Werrell, Air University Press, Maxwell AFB. 286pp, sc, photos, app’x, index. As it says. Begins in WWI to modern days. Rare book, good copy but some loose pages.290pp, sc, photos, dias, app’x, index. $9.00 B

[ ] Douglas F3D Skyknight (“Naval Fighters Number 4”) Beautifully compiled in-depth history of this 2nd generation jet fighter, a type that endured from pre-Korea to Vietnam. All the details pilot report and weaponry incl. of this versatile all-weather interceptor and ECM workhorse. 82pp journal format. Nice copy. $20.00 postpaid

[ ] Flying Magazine November 1966. Special 156 page Vietnam air war edition. Also covers Blue Angels flying the Grumman Tiger. Nice copy $10.00 B

[ ] Air War Vietnam Middleton (1978) A classic study, so a delight to anyone reading in this area. 360pp, photos, maps, charts, gloss, index. VG. $20.00 A

[ ] A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam 1941-1975 Schulzinger. The complete overview of US involvement in SEA from the start, when Ho Chimin was interested in being an alie of the west to the collapse of American power there. Much about the air war. 396pp, sc, photos, notes, biblio, index. Nice copy. $13.50 B

[ ] Last Flight from Saigon Laval (1978). USAF Southeast Asia monograph series. Official history of the last days of the USAF in South Vietnam. 138pp, sc, photos, maps, charts, index. $10.00 B

[ ] Air Force Heroes in Vietnam Schneider (1978). USAF Southeast Asia monograph series. Official history of many USAF personnel. 86pp, sc, photos, maps, charts, gloss, index. $10.00 B

[ ] Gulf War Debrief Morris (1992). Ultimate word on the First Gulf War air campaign. All the resources, bases, order of battle, you name it. 100s of photos, say no more! 224pp, hc, maps, 3-views, app’x, index. Collector’s item … still wrapped. $35.00 A

[ ] Soviet Military Power 1990 9th ed’n of this ever-useful overview of the West’s No.1 potential enemy since 1945. Emphasis on the USSR’s air and missile prowess. Frwd by Sec. Defense Dick Cheny.104pp, lf, sc, photos, charts, index. Nice copy. $14.50 B

[ ] Illustrated Guide to the Canadian Establishment Peter C. Newman’s 1983 blockbuster book about Canada’s wealthiest families (many having aviation interests). From the Bassetts to the Eatons, McCains, Molsons, Richardsons, Siftons, Woodward, etc. This was the book of the year in 1983-84. 408 beautifully laid out pages, magnificent photographic content, app’x, index. A fine copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Water Transportation in Canada McCalla A seminal study of the importance of water transportation to Canada to 1994. The historic context, the geography of it all, then various important case studies incl. the containerization port at Saint John, NB, evolution of the port of Montreal, development of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Vancouver and the future of Arctic sea transportation. Very important & topical material. Many charts, graphs and stats, maps. 260pp, hc, biblio, index. Good copy. $15.00 B

[ ] Time Flies: Heathrow at 60 Alan Gallop’s wonderful 2005 history of this global aviation hub from that days of the Dragon Rapide, Lancastrian, Tudor, Brabazon, Connie and Argonaut through all the subsequent airliners (Comet, 707, Concord, 747, etc.) all the details are here. From the initial sod-busting to how the terminals, airliners and air carriers evolved and came and went at Heathrow. 220pp, hc, photos, index. Like new. $18.50 A

[ ] 1959 Journal RCAF Staff College Very rare item. Published at the end of a year’s study for Course 23 at RCAF Staff College in Toronto. Many papers covering defence topics of Canadian import … global security, US partnership, the “Surprise and Blitzkrieg in Soviet Eyes”, “Limited War Strategy in the Nuclear Era”, “Logistics in the Missile Age”, etc. Student and staff photos. 128pp journal format, many nifty adverts of the day. Lovely copy.$50.00 B

[ ] 1960 Journal RCAF Staff College similar to 1959 $50.00 B

[ ] Canadair Public Relations Press Clippings Internal document, 2kg, cerlox bound covering Canadair from the North Star in 1944 to the CL600 Challenger in 1982. All clippings via Jane’s publications. Only original copy in existence. Very nice condition for a document that was in regualr use for decades in the PR office. $75.00 A

[ ] Canadair Ltd. Summary Corporate Information 28 January 1985 A very rare internal document summarizing the company in such terms as accounting & financial, management & key employees, sales &marketing, engineering & technical resources, R&D, manufacturing & operations current 5-year plan. Nice copy, cover a bit smudged. Cerlox, about 60 pages $75.00 A

[ ] Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future. Important 2003 compendium re. the importance of “intel” to global peacekeeping operations, where Canada has excelled since 1956. The failures of the past, the goals ahead. Eclectic but fascinating sourcebook. 532pp, hc. Nice copy. $12.50 A

[ ] Woody: A Fighter Pilot’s Album Halliday. Important bio. of the great Canadian WWII ace, Vernon C. Woodward. His life story, especially his years of combat in North Africa, Greece and Crete flying the Gladiator and Hurricane. Canada’s top ace of WWII who had joined the RAF pre-war. A book not to be missed. 144pp, hc, ill, index. Very nice copy. $16.00 B

[ ] In for a Penny In for a Pound Howard Hewer’s wonderful autobio covering his WWII days as a wireless operator in RAF Bomber Command. From training in Canada in the BCATP to ops in Africa on the Wellington. A-1 all the way. 272pp, hc, photos, maps, index. Ace of a book, lovely copy. Autographed copy (signed to Typhoon pilot – the late Bill Breck). $18.50

[ ] Bomber Harris: The Authorized Biography Saward (1984). Important bio by one who spent the war working under the great Arthur Harris – “Bomber Harris” — in Bomber Command HQ. 346pp, hc, photos, maps, index. Very nice copy, includes (loose insert) a copy of a 1982 letter from Harris to the Allied Aircrew Reunion in Toronto. $24.00 B

[ ] Bomber Harris: The Story of Sir Arthur Harris Saward Same book as above but 1985 ed’n with title change. $24.00 B

[ ] The Bomber War: The Allied Air Offensive against Nazi Germany Robin Neillands acclaimed history of this important subject. Massive detail of US daylight and RAF night operations. Many famous raid & campaigns are covered from the initial Luftwaffe blitz to the Dams Raid, Battle of Berlin, Dresden. Much about the German air defences, etc. 448pp, photos, index. Very nice copy $24.00 A

[ ] Bomber Offensive Sir Arthur Harris’ detailed analysis of his own operation – RAF Bomber Command. A superb summary all things considered, but today’s intellectually limited revisionists hate this book. 2nd ed’n 1947. 288pp, hc, map. Fair copy, some pencil markings, no dustjacket. $9.50 B

[ ] The Long and the Short and the Tall: An Ordinary Airman’s War Collins (1986). Acclaimed story of a young man’s wartime years in the RCAF. Training, overseas to the operational world, home again. Sought-after title for readers of WW2 RCAF. 134pp, hc. Like new. $12.00 B

[ ] For Love and Glory: A Pictorial History of Canada’s Air Forces J.A.“Tony” Foster’s quite decent 1989 history of this basic topic. Collector’s item, should be on any fan’s bookshelf. Like new copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Barnstorming to Bush Flying Corley-Smith. Aviation in BC 1910-1930. Terrific coverage civil/military. An exceptionally well done book by a great Canadian aviation pioneer. 244pp, sc, lf, map, photos, charts, notes, app’x, biblio, index. New. $16.00 B

[ ] Charlie Baker George Frank Tibbo’s renowned history of the SABENA DC-4 crash near Gander in 1946. One of the best such books, Frank having tracked down survivors, rescuers and others in this dramatic event (one of the first helicopter rescues). A-1 all the way. 200pp, sc, photos, gloss. $21.50 B

[ ] A Broken Arrow: The Story of the Arrow Air Disaster in Gander, Newfoundland Capt T.C. Badcock’s 1988 look into this infamous event – the mysterious crash of a DC-8 that took 265 lives. 164pp, hc, photos. Very nice copy. Rare item $25.00 B

[ ] Disaster in the Air Brookes Excellent “Ian Allen” series compendium of famous air disasters from the Hindenburg to the B-25 that crashed into the Empire State Building, the failure of the giant Avro Tudor, the loss of a KLM Connie in Scotland and a Flying Tiger DC-6 in New York City. The famous Aloha 737 and many other accidents. 160pp, sc, photos, maps, dias, biblio, index. Nice copy $9.50 B

[ ] The Politics of Canada’s Airlines from Diefenbaker to Mulroney As it says … Garth Stevenson’s detailed analysis. Important background for any researcher. Air Canada vs CPAir, rise of the local carriers, STOL era, etc. 236pp, hc, notes, index. Like new. $16.00 B

[ ] Shutting Down the National Dream Greg Stewart’s best-seller covering the Avro Arrow fiasco. One of the most widely read Arrow titles. 320pp, sc, photos, biblio, app’x, index. GC. Like new. $15.00 A

[ ] An Ancient Air Penrose. Bio of John Stringfellow who experimented in England with flight in the mid-1800s Smithsonian publ’n. 182pp, photos, index. Fine copy. $10.00 B
[ ] Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War Lamberton The great Harleyford title (3rd ed’n 1961) which you’ll know if you’re looking for it. Very nice copy. 222pp, hc, dj, lf, photos, specs, 3-views, app’x, index. $24.00 A

[ ] Wings of War: An Airman’s Diary of the Last Year of the War Translation of German WWI ace Rudolph Stark’s book covering his final year at the front. Full of details about squadron life at JG-35 and deadly aerial combat. Much German vs Allied commentary. The final optimistic German aerial push, but the Allies succeed at long last. 200pp, hc, photos. Like new. $20.00 B

[ ] I flew for the Fuhrer German ace Heintz Knoke’s famous story of his WWII years. His boyhood years then his indoctrination and training in Nazi Germany, and his years flying the Me.109. Much about the war against the US daylight bombers and the daily dogfights with Mustangs, Lightnings, etc. 186pp, hc, photos. Nice copy, 1st ed’n 1953, no dustjacket. $14.00 B

[ ] Fly for Your Life Larry Forrester’s wonderful story of Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck, DSO, DFC and Two Bars Forrester (1956, 2nd ed’n). Bio of the incomparable “Tuck”, Battle of Britain and all the rest, a quintessential WWII RAF history. 366pp, hc, photos, no dj. 2nd printing 1956. Nice copy. $16.00 B

[ ] Flight of Eagles: The Story of the American Kosciuszko Squadron in the Polish-Russian War 1919-1920 Karolevitz & Fenn (1974). A masterly piece of work covering a largely forgotten topic. American airmen who could have gone home in 1918 volunteer to help Poland against massive Russian power. 280pp, hc, photos, artwork, maps, biblio, index. A lovely book. $12.50 B

[ ] Men Behind the Medals By renowned Air Commodore G. Pitchfork. Summarized on the dust jacket: “… a timely reminder of the debt we owe to all those gallant airmen…” Pitchfork covers 21 RAF airmen (all Commands and aircraft types) who received various gallantry awards 1939-45. 272pp, hc, photos, index. Nice copy, ex-library. $10.50 B

[ ] Men Behind the Medals Ditto except sc – softcover. Nice copy. $9.50 B

[ ] The Maritime Defence of Canada Sarty. Serious coverage (1996) of this key topic, initially from the 19th Century. Coast artillery since WWI, surface vessel patrols, and anti-submarine/anti-surface vessel air patrols (HS-2L to Liberator) all are included. 222pp, sc, photos, notes, index. Nice copy. $14.50 B

[ ] Defence 1971 Canadian DND 6.5 x 9.5 inch booklet outlining Canada’s present state of defence readiness land, sea & air. Photos. $8.00 postpaid

[ ] B-1B Bomber Lindsay Peacock’s excellent 48-page Osprey monograph. Photos, colour profiles. Nice copy. $8.50 postpaid

[ ] Manned Spaceflight Log Tim Furniss’ outstanding history of this leading topic. Janes 1986 ed’n. From Vostok 1 to STS-51L & Soyuz T-15. All the great history for each mission – the ships and crews, etc. 160pp, sc, lf, photos. New copy $15.00 A

{ } Aviation Record Makers: Innovations in Modern Flight Technology Chant. Excellent overview of developments in main chapters headed “Basic Design and Structure”, “Powerplant” and “Electronics”. Covers a wide range of aircraft programs from the Northrop flying wings to the Mosquito, SR-71, Harrier and Yak-38 VTOLs, AH-64 Apache, L-1011, even the Canadair CL-289 drone.128pp, hc, lf, photos, index. Nice copy $15.00 A

[ ] “Popular Flying” magazine for January 1933 After almost 90 years, not too bad a copy of this renowned UK magazine. Even has a bit of Canadian content. 56 pages $15.00 postpaid

[ ] Encyclopedia of the World’s Civil Aircraft Mondey. Absolutely a wonderful compendium of aircraft, all the essential details for each type. 1981 ed’n, a real beauty. History, photo, 3-views, specs for any type you can mention. A gorgeous, extra-large format book.254pp, hc. Very nice copy. $21.50 A

[ ] World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft: From Leonardo Da Vinci to the Present Angelucci. Huge and indispensable title for any broad aviation library. 100s of aircraft described – you name it. 3000 photos and art ill., 3-views. 414pp, biblio, index. Amazing! Very nice copy $17.50 A

[ ] Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft Vols.1 and 2 Donald & Lake. “World Airpower Journal” series, 1994 ed’n, lovely set of books, collector items. The world’s military a/c with full technical descriptions, specs, 100s of photos and 3-views, 1200+ ill. 448pp, extra large format, index. Set $35.00 A

[ ] Combat Aircraft of the World By the great John W.R. Taylor. Just as it says and what an ace of a book. Most combat planes from WWI to 1969. And … an absolutely beautiful copy of this massive, ever useful book. A real beauty for the aviation bibliophile! Arranged by nation. 646pp, lf, hc, photos, index. $15.00 A

[ ] The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World’s Rockets & Missiles By the great Bill Gunston. A comprehensive directory and history of the military guided missile systems of the 20th century. 264pp, extra large format, massive treatment, vast photo and diagram content. An example of the all-around beautifully done book. Content arranged by nation, Canada included. Very good copy except for a beat-up dust jacket. $24.00 A

[ ] The Aerospace Chronology Michael J.H. Taylor. As it says, worldwide coverage. Valuable research sourcebook, just a good book to have handy. Earliest times to 1989. 330pp, hc, photos. Nice copy. $12.00 A

[ ] A Love Affair with Flight Ross Smyth’s very well done personal perspective on Canadian aviation. A long-serving airline man, Ross has it very well wired. Great perspectives about such TCA/Air Canada legends as G.R. McGregor and Yves Pratt. Really solid Canadian history! 160pp, sc, photos, index. $14.50 B

[ ] Canadian aerophilatelic item … First Day Cover Sept.4, 1999, commemorating the 50th Ann. of the Canadian International Air Show This is a 4.5 x 7.5 envelope with 4 large-format 46-cent stamps Illustrating the Fokker Triplane, Manfred Radius’ glider, RCAF Vampire (photo by Milberry) and Stearman wingwalker. Very nice item, makes a special little bookmarker. New. $6.00 postpaid

[ ] Salute to Her Most Gracious Majesty Elizabeth II” Canadian Officers and Ex-Officers of the Defence Forces Coronation Tribute June 2nd, 1953 A nice example of this unique 152-page, magazine format honouring Elizabeth II upon her coronation. Includes some excellent history of the RCAF incl. the Womens Division, list of VCs. Loads of good reading! Rare item. $12.00 B

[ ] 125 Years of Canadian Aeronautics: A Chronology 1840-1965 K.M. Molson et al. Famous 1983 CAHS publication. As it says … massive amount of info. 328pages, hardcover, photos galore, index. Essential sourcebook for any Canadian aviation library. Very nice used copy $20.00 A

[ ] Birdman: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss and the Battle to Control the Skies Beginning with pioneers Lilienthal & Chanute, author Goldstone brings us to the Wrights & Curtiss c1900. They fly America’s first successful powered airplanes, but the Wrights clash with each other, let alone Curtiss. They popularize aviation & become wealthy, but at a huge cost. Their early “rock stars” pilots introduce millions to flight, but by 1912 more than 100 already have died. Airplanes disintegrate, pilots are hurled from their seats, the first fatal bird strike occurs, etc., but the crowds love it. A joy of a read! NEW Copy. $35.00 $24.00 B (Complements Aviation in Canada: The Pioneer Decades, both books $63.50 A)

[ ] Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill 1943 Nigel Hamilton’s detailed explanation of how FDR came up with his own brilliant war-making strategy, especially in the face of Churchill’s dogged opposition to FDR’s proposals for that the Allies not pour too much into Sicily/Italy in 1943, but save their main resources for D-Day. Churchill prevailed in Italy, costing the Allies dearly. A solidly researched theory/book that flies in the face of the usual understandings of Sicily/Italy strategy. 464pp, hardcover, map, notes, index. Very nice copy $14.50 A

[ ] The Great Escape Paul Brickhill’s classic 1950 coverage of Stalag Luft 3, the most famous German POW camp for Allied airmen. You know the movie, but this is the unadulterated book. How 600 airmen, many RCAF included, planned and carried out an extraordinary breakout. Every detail down to the slaughter of 50 escapees. 264pp, sc, photos, index. 264pp, pb NEW copy. $15.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Larry Lesh: The Flying Lad Thiffault. Bio of an incredible innovator. Lesh meets the aeronautical genius, Octave Chanute, then pursues gliding experiments in Chicago and (1907) Montreal. He conducts experiments and flies gliders. On one occasion, the 14-year-old takes off behind a motorboat to spend 24 minutes over the St. Lawrence River. He appears at flying events in the US, becomes an expert in the new art of radio, meets the Wright brothers and Bill Lear + studies the flying wing and other off-beat engineering concepts. When he dies in 1965, Lesh is impoverished. A valuable bio, a case study of the well-researched, well-written book. 186 pp, sc, photos, dias, notes, biblio, index. NEW copy. $25.00 $16.50 B

[ ] All the Fine Young Eagles: In the Cockpit with Canada’s Second World War Fighter Pilots Bashow. As it says. You’ll recognize all the key aces + the fighters they flew. Well written, puts you right there in the cockpit in 1939 and takes you to the bitter end. Captures the spirit and magnitude of the Canadian contribution from Hurricane to Mosquito & in all theatres. Outstanding, exciting stuff, really essential for your bookshelf. 578pp, notes, biblio, photos, index. NEW copy. $29.00 $17.50 B

[ ] The Accidental Airline Spilsbury. Fascinating first-hand account of one of Canada’s important post-WW2 regional airlines, BC’s Queen Charlotte Airlines. Stranraer, Canso, Norseman, DC-3, C-46, etc. Kemano, PWA rivalry, etc. Many wild & crazy adventures along the coast and in the mountains, some terrible results. Solid Canadiana, very readable! Photos. 240 pp, sc, photos, map, index. NEW copy. $18.95 $16.50 B

[ ] Under the Maple Leaf Cothliff. Remarkable adventures of 4 WWII Canadians in Bomber Command – men from different backgrounds who came home with lives much changed. Remarks Fighting High: ‘Ken Cothliff’s book is extremely valuable in telling of Canada’s vital contribution to the air war against Germany.” Another ace of a read! 240pp, hc, photos. NEW copy. $48.50 $32.50 B

[ ] Going Over: A Nova Scotian Soldier in WWI Titus Mossman goes to sea at 13. Toughened up by this, in 1915 he joins the army. All the details of what he experienced, chiefly the horrors of trench warfare in France. Much of Vimy, Passchedaele, Amiens. Titus comes out in Nov. 1918 with the Military Medal and Bar & in the 10% of his regiment still physically unscathed. He returns to sea & dies at 80 in 1974. Says the flap copy, “This dramatic story underscores the close kinship among soldiers, the self-sacrifice … dubious glory of war and the after effects” A superb book for any reader who loves the true story of Canada! 224pp, sc, photos, maps, biblio. NEW copy. $21.95 $17.50 B

[ ] Vimy Pierre Berton’s huge 1986 bestsell. Very well research, readable. A staple for any Canadian following WWI. 336pp, hc, maps, biblio, index.Nice copy. $8.50 B

[ ] For King and Empire: The Canadians at Vimy April 1917: A Social History and Battlefield Tour By Norm Christie of the Canadian War Museum. As it says, a very fine little item that puts the Berton book into perspective for 2020. 108pp, sc, many maps and photos, walking tour fold-out. Nice new copy $14.95 $9.50 B (Both Vimy books $16.00 A)

[ ] From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I How the Yukon responded eagerly to the call to arms in 1914. The wide cross-section of those who fought. All their contributions, heroics, fighting units, etc. Very special Canadian history. 266pp, sc, photos, maps, honour roll, notes, index. NEW copy. $24.95 $21.50 B

[ ] Forever Vigilant Graham Pitchfork’s seminal 100th anniversary tribute to Naval 8/208 Squadron RNAS/RAF, where many Canadian excelled in WWI. Much of the brutal air action “over the front”. The interwar years (Bristol Fighter, Atlas, etc.) then into WWII (Lysander, Hurricane, Spitfire) when Canadians again served 208. Finally, the modern era from Meteor to Hunter & Buccaneer to today’s Hawk. 272pp, hc, photos, app’x, biblio, glass, index. NEW copy. $49.95 $42.50 B

[ ] Airborne: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike Jonathan Rotondo’s story of a father-son passion for the sky. Start reading this one and you’ll resist all effort to put it down! A young Italian learns to fly in Kenya, emigrates to Canada, then, how his affair with the tiny Smith biplane C-FFAM impacts the family. Son Jonathan learns to fly in Air Cadets, but “FAM” is sold when his father dies. Years later the Smith is found, but it can never fly again! In the 2000s Jonathan flies his own Smith and one day takes his own son to see the original “FAM”. You’ll really enjoy this gem of a story. 228pp, sc, photos. NEW copy. $22.95 $16.50 B

[ ] Half a Mile in Rain: Word Images from a Life in Flight A delightful new book of poetry by retired airline pilot Dennis Currie. Here’s a unique way to tell the story of Canadian aviation. Dennis comes from the PWA L.100 Hercules world, later rose to the 777 at Air Canada, but always flew light planes, including on BC’s annual north coast herring fishery. Another Canadian aviation gem for the keen reader. 8.5-inch square format, sc, well-illustrated, 144pp. NEW copy $27.50 16.50 B

[ ] A Weary Road: Shell Shock in the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1918 Humphries. As it says — the detailed story of this dreadful phenomenon. The impact on the men (some 16,000 Canadians officially were disgnosed, but nearly everyone at the front had some symptons). What little was known at the time ref. causes/treatment. The general failure of the Army to cope with this type of combat injury. A very important Canadian book. 416pp, hc, photos, biblio, notes, index. Copy is like new $18.50 B

[ ] Bloody April 1917 Franks et al. When the Allies launch a huge offensive on the Arras Front in April 1917, massive air support is needed. Just then the Germans turn the tables by introducing their speedy, 2-gun Albatross DIII. It inflicts huge losses on the Allies’ 1-gun scouts (Nieuport, Pup, Triplane, etc.) and vulnerable Corps aircraft like the BE2. Some 300 aircraft and 250 airmen are lost in a month, briefly crippling the Allied air effort. Each day is reviewed with all the action, losses, victories, etc. Wide Canadian content incl. Barker, Bishop, Breadner, Collishaw, Fall, Leach, Malone. A superb book, complements Fighter Pilots and Observers. 184pp, sc, photos, app’x, index. NEW copy $26.95 NEW copy. $22.50 B

[ ] Black September 1918 Franks et al. Same format and approach as Bloody April. The Allies continue to struggle in the air and face their heaviest losses of the air war – more than 700 aircraft. The Americans have joined the British and French, and new 2-gun Allied scouts show their worth, esp. the Camel and SE5. The Allies finally prevail in the air as the war nears its end. Much analysis, many charts. 280pp, sc, photos, index. Essential for the WWI reader. NEW copy. $29.95 $23.50 B

[ ] The Last Good War The great J.L. Granatstein’s fresh retrospective about Canada at war 1939-45. The war on land, sea, and in the air succinctly treated, highlighted by many exceptional photos. Special recognition of Canadian war art. Stunningly beautiful yet horrifying coverage. 242pp, hc, lf, index. NEW copy $55.00 $36.00 A

[ ] The Unknown Navy: Canada’s World War II Merchant Navy Bob Halford’s renowned tribute to Canada’s 12,000 merchant seamen & their ships. Daily life for these oft-torpedoed sailors. Not to be missed, a rare piece of Canadian history! 288 pp, sc, photos Last chance for this beauty. NEW copy. $19.95, $15.50 B

[ ] August Gales: The Tragic Loss of Fishing Schooners in the North Atlantic 1926 and 1927 Gerald Hallowell recalls gripping tragedies on the Atlantic banks fishery. Brutal gales bring sinkings & misery to Nova Scotia & Newfoundland fishing ports. The racing schooner Columbia is lost in August 1927 with all 24 crew. Thoroughly researched tales of sturdy schoonermen challenging an unforgiving sea. 252pp, sc, photos. NEW copy. $22.95 $17.50 B

[ ] The Road to Russia Edwards. Detailed coverage of the Arctic convoys to Russia of 1942. How three convoys brave Germany’s military might at and below the sea, and in the air, to supply Russia in its time of dire need. One convoy loses 30 ships, another seven. 210pp, map, biblio, index. NEW copy. $29.95 $14.50 B

[ ] Naval Battles of the First World War Bennett. The great battles from Jutland and Zeebrugge to “the Med”, around Africa, as far off as the Falklands and Chile. The Emden’s adventures, etc. Modern reprint of a 1968 classic. 320pp, sc, photos, maps, biblio, index NEW copy. $28.95 $16.50 B

[ ] The Royal Navy and the War at Sea 1914-1919 Grehan & Mace. Very important 21st Century retrospective covering all the great battles, ships, tactics. From Heligoland & Jutland to Zeebrugge & North Russia. 204pp, hc, map, photos, glossary, index. $49.95 $18.50 B (both RN books $30.00 A)

[ ] Shooting Range: Photography and the Great War Henneman. Hundreds of photos showing all aspects of the ground war on various fronts. A tribute in its brutal way to the horrible goings on of a century ago. 220pp, lf, sc, photos, art, text. NEW copy. $39.95 $14.50 A

[ ] Champagne Navy: Canada’s Small Boat Raiders of the Second World War Nolan & Street. All the basic history covering this exciting era where Canadians operated British MTBs and Canadian Fairmiles. Battling E-boats in the Channel, operations in “The Med”, Adriatic, etc. Says the great Donal Graves, “Its dramatic and lively style will provide riveting reading for all those interested in Canadian naval history and fast-paced action at sea.” 260pp, hc, photos, maps, app’x, biblio, index. Nice copy $16.00 B

[ ] Air Battle of the Ruhr: The RAF Offensive March-July 1943 Cooper. The air battle in which thousands of Canadians fought and died in the Wellington, Halifax, Lancaster, etc. Essential WWII reading, one of the best bombing campaign histories. 228pp, sc, photos, app’x, index NEW Copy. $35.00 $14.50 B

[ ] The Royal Air Force in the World War Vol.III 1940-1945 Capt. N. MacMillan, MC, AFC. Detailed summary of the RAF in WWII in “The Med”, Balkans, Mid East, Near East, very detailed coverage. Nice rare copy. 276 pp, hc, photos, index. $20.00 B

[ ] Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces Vol.2, Part 1 Extant Commissioned Ships Invaluable DND resource book, 126 pp, sc, large format. Ill. $40.00 A

[ ] Shoot Down: Flight 007 and the American Connection. R.W. Johnson’s history of this amazing Russian screw-up (and international disaster) shooting down KAL 007. 336pp,hc, notes, maps, photos, index. Very nice copy $15.00 B

[ ] The Norman Flayderman Collection of Vintage Aviation Memorabilia, Tuesday, November 14, 2000 in San Francisco A magnificent catalogue from this huge auction. Beautifully produced 280pp, lf, sc, colour catalogue listing and showing 100s of items for sale up to a complete JN-4 Jenny. Very rare collector item. Google “Auction of Legendary Dealer Norm Flayderman Brings $1.1M” $50.00 A

[ ] Air Canada Horizons Very nice collection of 36 copies of this highly informative and historic Air Canada employees/retirees broadsheet. Av. 24-28 pages, many key photos of Air Canada’s people, places, events, planes. Nice condition 1998-2002 editions. Collection only $60.00 A

[ ] Aviation Safety Reports A small NTSB collection of original reports. Accident synopses 1-2 pages each: Crash of Skyways Int’l DC-7C Florida 21—6-1974; APLC Super Constellation Miami 15-12-1973; USA annual airline accidents – summary for 1977. More detailed reports: Mid-air collision UAL DC-8 & TWA Super Connie NYC 16-12-1960 (30 pages); Crash of Delta DC-7C Memphis 13-1-1963 (12 pages); Crash of Aerotransportes CL-44 Miami 27-9-1975 (20 pages); Crash of AA DC-10 Chicago 25-5-1979 safety recommendations only (6 pages); Canadian Aviation Safety Board info brochures c1990 $20.00 A

[ ] Aviation Safety Reports A small collection of 24 original misc. (1988-99) Transport Canada Aviation Safety newsletters. $12.00 A

[ ] Misc. Airliner Collector Bonanza (collection only): Passenger safety briefing cards: Air Canada L1011, Air Canada DC-8L, Air Canada Boeing 767-300, CP Air 747 (old), Norcanair F-27; Air Canada beautiful big fold-out of all routes 1971; ”In the Air Everywhere – Fly CPA” 16-page 8×10 colour CPA promo piece with route maps, DC-8 cut-away, photos, etc; CPA System Timetable 27-10-1968; 1974 “CP Air World Route Map Book” 8×10 24 pages colour; “In Flight CPAir” similar 1975; CP Air in flight entertainment brochure c1974; 4-page 8×10 card stock brochure introducing the L1011; “Allegheny and Delta Jet-Age Partners 6-panel colour fold-out DC-9/880 era; 16-page 6×9 KLM colour promo piece DC-8 era; 2 mint condition Air Canada ticket folders c1970; Northeast Airlines System Timetable 16-2-1969; Northeast Airlines System Timetable 30-4-1972; North Central Airlines System Timetable 12-6-1970; Aerolineas Argentinas int’l timetable 16-12-1968; Aerolineas Argentinas int’l timetable 28-10-1973; Aerolineas Argentinas int’l timetable 1-4-1975; LAN Chile Timetable 5-3-1969; BOAC VC-10 foldout promo brochure 1966; Northeast Airlines charge card application brochure 727 era; National Airlines System Timetable 1-3-1969; MALEV system timetable 1969-70; All Nippon Airways 28-page 8×10 colour booklet L1011 era; “Story of Fight and Air Transportation” Huge United Air Lines colour fold-out, as it says; “The Shape of Our Future, Air New Zealand’s Big 10” Another huge colour fold-out introducing the DC-10 to ANZ; “Public Transportation to and from Toronto International Airport” 8-panel colour brochure c1975; Postcards: KLM DC-8; Air Canada DC-8, Air Canada DC-9, Air Canada 747-200, CP Air Stretched DC-8, CP Air 727, CP Air 747, Delta DC-8, BOAC 707, BOAC VC-10, Br. Caledonian 707, Cathay 880, Western 707, Iberia DC-8, Air New Zealand DC-8, Zambia BAC111, Royal Air Maroc Caravelle, Zambia HS748. All items in good to fine condition, just a fantastic treasure trove for the airliner collector. $150.00 all-in

Previously Listed New & Used

[ ] Instruments, Switches, Radios & Rudders: True Stories from the Great White North and Beyond Pilot & air engineer, Sam Cole edges along from Cessna to Norseman, DC-3 & HS748. In an engaging style Sam describes the endless uses of northern aviation: hauling groceries & fuel to traders on distant reserves, supporting tourism, hauling smelly fish by the ton, supporting forest fire ops, mineral exploration, etc. Tales about ops at -40. Tribute is given to the great engines — the R-985 engine (Beaver & Beech), R-1340 (Otter) & R-1830 (DC-3). Sam’s often on the move – OCA, Bradley, Austin Airways, etc., so he cuts a bit of a swath. Includes the “characters” who typify life in the bush. Harrowing accidents and rescues also covered. It’s all done in the best style of the professional bush pilot (to keep it authentic, it’s a bit rough on the literary edges). Sam finishes with his move into “civilization” to Wardair, Japan Airlines, etc. This is “the whole 9 yards”! 234 pages, sc, photos, app’x, glos. New but one corner slightly dinged. Reg. $35.00, this copy $18.00 B

[ ] The Interstellar Age: The Story of NASA Men and Women Who Flew the Forty-Year Voyageur Mission Planetary scientist and space flight historian Jim Bell describes the Voyageur mission from conception to the point where decades later when the Voyageurs are 12+ billion miles from earth and still “alive”. $21.95, but this new copy $12.50 B

[ ] Canada’s Air Forces on Exchange Milberry. A gem for any serious RCAF reader. Canadians on duty with foreign air arms – talk about subject matter, eh! From Barker, VC, on patrol in Iraq in 1925, to Canadians flying such interwar types as the Singapore & Gauntlet to post-WWII UK exchanges on the Meteor, Lightning, Shackleton, Comet, etc. In the US on the WB-47, F-104, F-105, F-106, C-97, C-17 + exchanges in Australia, Germany, Norway, Venezuela. You’ll be astounded at the adventures, everything from ditching in a Hastings to ejecting from an F-105 and (inadvertently) from a Canberra! Writes Bob Merrick in COPA Flight: “Truly an enlightening book … Those pondering the ideal Christmas gift for your local Fireside Aviator need look no farther.” 320 pp, hc, lf, 400 b/w & colour photos, lists, gloss, biblio, index. Very nice copy $18.50 A

[ ] Cleared for Takeoff the 8×10 20-page VIP program for opening day June 17, 1986 for Canada’s National Aviation Museum. Detailed history of the museum, photos. Includes a separate gilt invitation. $20.00 B

[ ] Service is Our Business 38-page 1947 Canadian P&W magazine format special publication. Intro letter by the great James Young. Mainly a photo album showing details of how the plant in Longueuil then was operating, what products, etc. Very nice copy. $25.00 B

[ ] 50 Years in Progress in Flight Training and Private Flying 40-page program for the RCAFA’s 50th AGM held in Toronto 1979. Regional reports + the association’s corporate overview, very detailed. Excellent copy $30.00 B

[ ] The Aerospace Capability Framework: A Guide to Transform and Develop Canada’s Air Force 120-page White Paper type document describing the Air Force at the time + predicting and suggesting future developments. Very detailed analysis, 1st ed’n 2003, like new. $15.00 B

[ ] Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Introduction to the Facilities and Operation A beautiful 14-page 8×11 booklet c1960 designed to brief new employees + visitors to the plant in Longueuil. Basic history & current status as the PT6 was being developed. Very nice copy $25.00 B

[ ] Trans-Canada Air Lines Systems Timetable Set of 6 of these beautiful souvenirs from the 1956-58 era of the DC-3, Viscount, North Star and Super Connie. If you’re old enough, you’ll remember these beautiful foldout publications. These are all “The Maple Leaf Route” timetables covering domestic, USA, Bermuda-Caribbean, UK-Europe. Very nice examples. These are for the collector, or will make very exotic gifts for any aficionado. Set only $45.00 B

[ ] Canadian Geographical Journal Royal Visit Number 1939 A very rare copy of this issue featuring full coverage (100+ pages) of this huge Canadian event of 1939. Very nice copy, wonderful photos and text. $40.00 B

[ ] Canada’s Aircraft Industry Text of Address by W.J. McDonough President of Central Aircraft Mfg Co. Ltd. McDonough (see Aviation in Canada: The Formative Years) was one of C.D. Howe’s lead aircraft industry moguls in WWII. He gave this talk to the Society of Automotive Engineers on November 15, 1944 in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel. 12-page pamphlet, very detailed, inside info of the day. Almost perfect copy, I’ve never seen another copy of this speech. $15.00 postpaid

[ ] Air Museum of Canada Calgary Canada Very rare 1965 14-page program for the 1965 Calgary Air Show “Presented by the Air Museum of Canada”. Profiles of the nascent museum’s aims and initial collection (Lysander, Spitfire, Mosquito, etc.). The museum’s history and goals are described, even its initial struggles. Air displays listed include Mustang, Hurricane, Vampire, T-33, C-130, CF-104, B-52, F-89, Vulcan. Nice copy $25.00 postpaid

[ ] Northern Aerial Minerals Exploration Limited A beautiful 58-page Morocco-bound 6×9 inch NAME publication chiefly outlining how this pioneer company used aircraft to push into the Arctic exploring for gold etc. beginning in 1928 (see Aviation in Canada: The Formative Years). Charts, maps, many photos. Intro by the great Jack Hammell, one of Canada’s kings of mining in the early 20th Century. Rare item in excellent condition but missing map insert at the back. Few copies in existence. $75.00 B

[ ] 80 Years of Powered Flight in Canada 1909-1989 Rare 26-page special Oerlikon Aerospace publication featuring many outstanding Canadian aviation success (and other efforts) over the decades. Photos. Very nice copy $16.00 postpaid

[ ] Skill and Devotion P.E. Butcher’s personal memoir of No.2 Sqn RFC in WWI Superb coverage of life at the front for a Corps squadron flying the BE2, FE2, etc. $12.00 B

[ ] Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society –-many annual sets available from 1960s for this invaluable publication (1999, 2000, 2001 no longer available). Let me know what years you need and I’ll get back to you. Ea. annual set of 4 $25.00 B Also available in annual sets mainly 1950s-90s: Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Flying Magazine, Cross & Cockade UK + USA, Aeroplane, Aviation News, Flypast, Scale Models/Scale Models Int’l, Scale Aviation Modeller. Let me know which issues you need and I’ll get back to you. Good prices available.

[ ] Propliner 2018 Annual Developments with the Avro 748, Beech 18, DC-3, Electra, F-27, PBY, etc. Special features covering Air North of Whitehorse, Sproat Lake (Mars, Goose, Beech 18) and the ubiquitous AN-12, DC-6 happenings in Hawaii, BOAC’s Constellation fleet, final days of the Neptune fire bomber, what one Otter is doing in the South Pacific, Convair operations in New Zealand, the story of a renowned DC-4 & an airworthy C-97G. You’ll enjoy every page. 132pp. Fresh copy $25.00 B

[ ] Flight Information Manual Canada Min. of Transport 1971 hardbound ed’n. 9 chapters, 500 pages, diagrams galore. Nice copy $18.00 A

[ ] Observers Book of Aircraft series: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974. Also “Basic Aircraft Civil for 1967, and Basic Aircraft Military for 1967. All nice copies. Each $10.00 B

[ ] Canada’s Air Force at War and Peace, Vol. 3 First book dedicated to the postwar RCAF. Beginning with late 1945 you’ll see how Canada disposes of 1000s of aircraft. Next? The built-up to Korea & Cold War with Vampires, Sabres, CF-100s; North Stars, C-119s; Lancasters, Neptunes, Argus; Harvards, T-33s. R&D, CF-105 coverage. 100s of photos from the 1950s-70s. Wrote Air Pictorial: “Milberry has excelled in this volume by combining riveting personal experiences from air & ground crews with an unrivalled selection of illustrations… rarely does a book so handsomely exceed the most sanguine expectations …” Adds reader Bernie Pregler: “I started reading Vol.3 and was reminded of W.B. Yeats poem — ‘When you are old and gray and nodding by the fire, take down this book and read — and dream…'” 520 pp, 1500+ photos, 250,000 words, 9×12 lf, hc, glos, biblio, index. Sticker price $85.00 Clean new copy, just missing half-title page. $25.00 A

[ ] Sixty Years: The RCAF and CF Air Command 1924-1984 Milberry. Still the best ever single-source RCAF history book. More than 22,000 RCAF veterans & fans have ordered their copies. Early days, interwar, WWII, postwar to modern. 800+ photos, 95 colour profiles. Notes Aircraft Illustrated: “one of those all-too rare aviation books … a delight to read and a joy to possess and to treasure… superbly produced and printed and is likely to become a classic collectors’ item … a masterpiece.” 480 pp, lf, hc, app’x, biblio, chron, index. Signed copy, like new. $20.00 A

[ ] Between the Lines: Canadians in the Service of Peace John McQuarrie’s fine tribute to Canadians on peacekeeping postings from Somalia to Kuwait, Croatia, Cyprus, etc. Spectacular is the word for John’s book! 184pp, hc, lf, photos, app’x. Nice copy. $15.50 A

[ ] Creation of a National Air Force Douglas, Greenhous, et al. Vol.II and the rarest of this great triumvirate of RCAF history books. Covers the interwar years and the wartime homefront including the U-boat war. 796 pp, hc, 200 photos, maps, foldouts. Essential to any Canadian av’n library. VG. $30.00 A

[ ] Barker, VC Wayne Ralph’s acclaimed history of Canada’s most important WWI fighter pilot. The research shows this “Air VC” bio. for what it is — A+. 336 pp, sc, photos, app’x, biblio, index. New copy. $18.00 B

[ ] Light and Water: A Study of Refexion and Colour in River, Lake and Sea Pollock. This original 1903 gem of a book is intended for artists, art lovers and art students. The subject is as it says. 116 pages, hc, dias, photos. Very nice copy. Signed “To Reginald from Jesse 1920 Most important for painting water”. 1903 edition (there are lots of cheap reprints out there, this one’s strictly for the collector). $45.00 A

[ ] The Genius of Color Photography Roberts. Begins with 19th Century concepts to the present. Very important book for photographers at any level. In-depth, authoritative text + many significant colour reproductions. Beautifully produce. 256pp, lf, sc. New. $12.50 A

[ ] U.S. Civil Aircraft Juptner’s renowned 9-volume set, original 1962 edition. A beautiful set, esp. being a first printing. Each vol. about 250 pp with photos. All the details foe every airplane type to 1962 licenced in the USA. Set only $200.00 A

[ ] Thompson Trophy Race: The Pilots and Planes of America’s Air Racing Glory Days 1929-1949 Roger Huntington’s respected 1989 history of this beloved era. 190pp, sc, photos, app’x, index. Nice copy $22.50 A

[ ] J.P. Bickell: The Life, the Leafs and the Legacy Bio of the great Canadian who started in grain c.1900, then got into mining, eventually building McIntyre Mines into Canada’s top gold producer. He acquires the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his role in aviation is outstanding, whether pioneering in corporate aviation (Grumman Goose, etc.), getting Lancasters built at Malton or backing Avro Canada from 1945. An important book about a Canadian business icon. 238pp, hc, photos. List $24.95 $16.50 A

[ ] Air Power Key to Survival Alexander Seversky’s seminal treatise current to the Korean War (1950 ed’n). 126pp, magazine format. Decent but well used (marked up) copy. Maps, dias. $6.50 B

[ ] Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat from the Red Baron to the F-16 Hampton. Major analysis and a simply wonderful book about the fighter pilot since 1914. The evolution of the profession – aircrew, planes, tactics. Invaluable sourcebook. 622pp, hc, photos, biblio, notes, index. $35.00 spec. Fine copy $14.00 A

[ ] Complete Catalogue of Victor Records for 1946-47 As it says, very nice copy for the collectors. 340pp sc $15.00 B

[ ] 45e Anniversaire de la 425 Escadrille Alouette Vice nice copy (in French) of 425’s 45th Anniversary 1942-87 held at Bagotville. 45 pp, photos. Collector item. $15.00 B

[ ] Carl F. Burke, MBE: Canadian Aviation Pioneer Solid bio of the legendary aviator who founded Maritime Central Airlines. From Moth to DC-3, C-46, York. DEW Line contracts, pioneer trans-Atlantic charters, the CF-MCF disaster, etc. Author Allan MacNutt was one of the earliest post-WWII Canadian aviators to write aviation history and dare to self-publish. 204 pp, sc, photos, maps, fleet list, index. New. $7.50 B

[ ] The Fierce Light: The Battle of the Somme July – November 1916 Powell. A must-have book covering this seminal battle of WWI. Mainly comprises personal writings from men taking part at this blood bath. 310pp, sc, maps, biblio, index. New. $24.95 $15.50 B

[ ] The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of Aisne 1918 Rogerson Reprint of 1918 original covering one of the last great WWI battles. Says “The Times”, “Rogerson opens what is new ground … a graphic account of the tragic involvement of four British divisions in the disaster …” 148pp, sc, photos, maps. New $18.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Flying to Victory: Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign 1940-1941 M. Bechthold. Canada’s great WWI ace commands the RAF desert air force in the rough and tumble early days of the war from Egypt across to Libya, etc. A war of Gladiators and a few Hurricanes against a capable (contrary to mythology) Italian force supplemented by the Luftwaffe. How Collishaw fared & was recalled, dirty politics in the RAF, etc. 280 pages, hardcover, photos, notes, biblio and index. New copy. $50.00 B

[ ] Death from the Heavens: The History of Strategic Bombing Werrell. In-depth coverage from the Naval Institute Press. From WWI to interwar developments, WWII all sides, and into the Cold War. All the tactics, aircraft, results. A classy book with lots to say. 334pp, lf, hc, photos, notes, index. New. $49.95, $16.50 A

[ ] The Colditz Story Reid. History of this infamous German “lock up” for unruly WWII POWs (Canadians included) as told by an inmate. 208pp, sc, ill. $15.00 $10.50 B

[ ] Operation Sea Lion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine’s Dreams of Invasion in 1940 McKinstry. How Germany planned to complete its European conquest by invading the UK. Groundbreaking material covering 6 months in 1940 when Britain teetered. Churchill’s rise + victory in the Battle of Britain showed the nation that it could beat Naziism. Sea Lion fails. 486pp, sc, photos, notes, biblio, index. New copy. $24.95 $15.00 B

[ ] The Flight 981 Disaster: Tragedy, Treachery and the Pursuit of Truth The early DC-10 disasters. Things hit the headlines on June 12, 1972, when American Flt96 survived near-disaster crashed over Windsor, Ontario. Said the NTSB “The improper engagement of the latching mechanism for the aft bulk cargo compartment door during the preparation of the airplane for flight. The design characteristics of the door latching mechanism permitted the door to be apparently closed when … the latches were not fully engaged, and the latch lockpins were not in place.” Then, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed in Paris – at the time the world’s worse loss of life in an airline accident. Cause? Same. If you follow airline and airliner history, you’ll want this gem of a research effort. The DC-10 survived these early woes to become a great jetliner. 232 pages, hc, notes, index. $15.00 B

[ ] The Tools of War 1939/45 and a Chronology of Important Events Large format softcover about the basic weapons of war – land, sea & air – as used by Canada in WWII. Very decent general treatment, nice copy. 96 pages. $8.50 A

[ ] Flight Guide Airport and Frequency Manual Central and Eastern US 1973 & 1974 editions. 5×5 inch pocket editions. Nice copies. Pair only … $12.00 A

[ ] Boeing B-47 Stratojet Osprey series. Magnificent history of this iconic Cold War bomber. A real beauty by the great Lindsay Peacock. 198pp, lf, sc, wonderful photos, app’x, gloss, index. Nice copy $18.00 A

[ ] Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War Massie. Renowned history, essential to understanding WWI. All the great players, including the weirdly interbred potentates – King George V, the Kaiser, the Czar. All the details of the arms race leading to 1914. A wonderful study, you’ll be a contented reader with this massive book. Noted Newsweek, “Urgently readable … the work of a master of narrative history.” 1006pp, hc, photos, map, notes, index. Nice copy. $15.00 A

[ ] Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal 50th Anniversary NRC Institute for Aerospace Research Very nice copy of this 350-page Sept. 2001 ed’n (Vol.47 No.3). More than 25 research papers are included, special item ref. advanced aerospace research in Canada. $15.00 B

[ ] Courage of the Early Morning: The Story of Billy Bishop The bio of W.A. Bishop, VC, Canada’s renowned WWI fighter pilot. Beautifully authored by the great man’s son, Arthur (himself a WWII Spitfire pilot). Nice enough hardcover edition (corners aren’t perfect on the covers, also no dust jacket). If you don’t have one, here’s a good opportunity, since few WWI air combat books capture the essence of it all as well as this one. 210pp, hc (no dust jacket), photos, index. $12.50 B

[ ] Arrowhead Tribune No.1 Fighter Wing RCAF 16-page reunion programs covering the 2005 and 2006 reunions held in Marville, France. Each with photos and detailed background, attendee lists, etc. Pair only $10.00 all-in

[ ] Canada DND press releases, etc. covering the 1983 USAF Cruise Missile Tests involving CFB Cold Lake. Background info about the program, base, missile, CF-18, CC-137 aerial tanker, and B-52 launch aircraft. Nice package. Rare item these days. $8.00 B

[ ] Royal Air Force Yearbook 1983-1986 Beautifully-produced larger format hardcover with all the past and present content you’d be looking for to 1986. Photos, cutaways, colour profiles, etc. Like new. $15.00 A

[ ] Airspeed 48-page 2009 Canadian Int’l Airshow Program, Special ed’n for 100th ann. of powered airplane flight. Nice copy $15.00 B

[ ] Flying Magazine Aviation Past, Present and Future Special 400+ page 50th Ann. (of Flying) ed’n September 1977. Masses of photos and special contributions form such luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Richard Back and Ernest Gann. Nice copy, bit of wear but well worth having. $8.00 B

[ ] Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Jet Airplane Orders and Deliveries 1993 Year End Official Boeing 16-page document. Includes all the types and operators. Numbers and dates galore. Comparative stats going back with Boeing to 1955. Very nice copy. $12.00 all-in

[ ] 34th Annual Report (1968) Air Transport Association of Canada Detailed 26-page 8×10 booklet. Includes all the basic stats – revenue, expenses, employment, a/c registered, no. pilots, accidents, 10 pages of members, payrolls, passengers, freight tonnage, some hand notes at end on “Notes” page. Nice copy $15.00 B

[ ] Confederate Air Force November 15, 1966 Official Progress Report Very nice copy 6-page 7×9 inch As it says a general overview from the CAF at Rebel Field Mercedes, Texas $8.00 all-in

[ ] Canadian Aviation Safety Board Annual Report 1988 As you would expect. Very detailed, many charts, graphs, photos. 116-page 8×11 format, bilingual. Very nice copy $8.00 B

[ ] Sabre Re-Dedication 10-page 8×10 program covering the re-dedication by 428 Wing AFAC at Peterborough Ontario on June 6, 2009 of Sabre 23428. Very nice collectable, good copy $8.00 B

Water Trails West: The Western Writers of America Lovely history of the waterways of the American West in pioneer days, contributions from numerous renowned historians. Great Lakes, Mississippi, Red River, the Columbia, etc. 270 pages, 150 archival photos. Nice copy. $15.00 A

Miscellaneous New Copies

[ ] Lost: Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian Aviation Matheson. Top coverage of this theme including such famous crashes and disappearances as the Flying Bank Robber, Johnny Bourassa, Chuck McAvoy and Bill Barilko. Also … the long-distance flier Levanevsky, crashes of a TCA Lodestar and North Star in the BC mountains, etc. 224pp, sc, photos, index. $21.95 $19.50 B

[ ] Final Descent: The Loss of the Flagship Erie zRobert Schweyer’s outstanding history of the 1941 crash in S. Ontario of an American Airlines DC-3 – Canada’s and American’s worst air disaster to date. In-depth research including interviews with people involved and survivors’ descendants. Masterly. 122pp, sc, photos, map, biblio, index. $18.50 B

[ ] Chatham: An Airfield History Lee. Essential for the RCAF history reader. Chatham’s beginnings as a WW2 training base with Fleets and Ansons plus “ops” (Hudson U-boat patrols). Postwar with Vampires, then Sabres. Chatham as the RCAF’s Sabre training base and home to the Golden Hawks. Voodoos & CF-5s follow – 416 & 434 sqns. Tracadie Range & satellite tracking base. Chatham closes 1988 … what does the future hold? Essential for any RCAF library. 116pp, sc, lf, photos, maps, app’x. $24.50 A

[ ] Aviators and the Academy: Early Aeronautics in Canada Scotland & Soye. 2015 collector edition celebrating a special exhibit at Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library. Canada’s huge WWI role training air & ground crew for the Royal Flying Corps + manufacturing Curtiss JN-4 trainers. The postwar scene with great Canadian airmen doing air displays; the German war prize aircraft in Canada (Fokker D-VII etc) and the “Imperial Gift” that enabled Canada to build a post-WWI airforce. 106pp, sc, lf, photos, gloss, biblio. $31.50 B

[ ] Tirpitz: The Life and Death of Germany’s Last Super Battleship Zetterling & Tamelander. The great ship on the prowl, victories, Norway, final demise. Fresh look at this great episode. 340pp, hc, app’x, biblio. $32.95 $14.50 B

[ ] Achtung Panzer!: The Development of Tank Warfare The master Heinz Guderian’s own thesis of the specialized use of armoured vehicles in modern warfare. He argues (in 1937) how vital these would be in the conduct of the coming war. Less than 2 years later, Blitzkrieg proves him right 220pp, sc, maps, photos, dia, index. $19.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Brief History of Medieval Warfare: The Rise and Fall of English Supremacy at Arms 1314-1485 Reid. Essential reading about the evolution of warfare and the English peoples. Covers a period of almost non-stop warfare among the English, Scots, French and their varied hangers-on. Wonderful but brutal reading. 560pp, sc, ill, maps, gloss, biblio, index. $18.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Our Atlantic Attempt Pioneer aviators Hawker and Grieve set out before anyone in 1919 to fly non-stop more than 1700 miles from Newfoundland to Ireland. After making 1000+ miles they end “in the drink”, but miraculously are rescued by a passing ship. This important book (first published in 1919) describes an enormous feat of courage and airmanship. Solid aviation reading. 118pp, sc, photos, dia, $19.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Isn’t This All Bloody: Scottish Writing from the First World War More solid culture – we all need a little. Historian Trevor Royle presents a range of military material by Scottish writers – poetry, fiction, news, letters, etc., showing how the war affected everyone not just in the trenches but (often pathetically so) at home. Literary resistance arose, so did Scottish nationalism, once the whole mess ended. Such legendary writers as John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps, etc.) with his “War in the Air” essay. 306pp, hc, table of contents, biblio. $24.95 $12.50 B

[ ] Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914 Hart. A modern re-take of this much-studied year of war. Hart covers false or insupportable versions of events, e.g, “allows for a fuller appreciation of the full role of the French Army without whom the key victory of the Battle of the Marne never would have been won”. Solid history. 480pp hc photos, notes, index. $37.00 $15.00 B

[ ] Pirate Nation: Elizabeth I and Her Royal Sea Rovers Childs. Major work covering this storied era of sea power and global trade under the great Elizabeth. 16th century piracy with all the great contenders – Drake, Hawkins, Raleigh, Frobisher, many others. Elizabeth’s great rivalries with the Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. The battle for the New World. Enlightening and greatly entertaining, will get you hooked on this era. 278pp, hc, maps, photos, app’x, index. $42.95 CANAV price $14.50 A

[ ] The Churchills in Love and War Lovell. Another magnificent scholarly yet readable book for Churchill fans. As the flap copy notes, “[Churchill’s] failures and triumphs are revealed in the context of a poignant and sometimes tragic private life… Lovell has created a page-turner that is both magisterial and intimate.” 624pp, hc, photos, app’x, notes, index. New copy. $40.00 $16.50 A

Other Nice Used Copies

[ ] Air International Case bound 6-monthly editions. You know this wonderful journal. If you are missing any, these numbers are available: 7, 9 to 15, 20 to 31. Each 12.00 A

[ ] Air Enthusiast These special editions available: Nos.17, 22 to 30, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40 Each $12.00 B

[ ] The Few: The American Knights of the Air … in the Battle of Britain Kershaw. As it says, the “Yanks” flying Hurricanes & Spitfires over the southern UK in 1940. Like new copy. 300pp, photos, index. $13.50 B

[ ] Aviation Record Breakers: Innovations in Modern Flight Technology C. Chant. As it says, very nice hardcover. 128 pp, lf, photos, index $15.00 A

[ ] The Great Warplanes of the 1980s A classic Bill Yenne book, as you’d expect. 112pp, hc, lf, photos index. GC $12.50 A

[ ] Defence 1971 Standard annual Canadian DND “White Paper” sort of 6×8 booklet. Typical of “the way ahead” DND publications 74 pages, photos, very nice copy $6.50 B

[ ] Airliners from 1919 to the Present Day Munson One of the lovelier books in this genre. 352pp, hc, colour profiles, index. Very nice copy $12.50 A

[ ] Civil Aircraft Markings A John W.R. Taylor mini-classic 164pp pocket book style, the world airline fleets, photos. Nice item $6.50 B

[ ] Membership Directory International Aerobatic Club 1973 56 page booklet. Names by region, all of Canada included. $6.00pp

[ ] The World’s Fighting Planes Third and Completely Revised Edition Green & Pollinger. Excellent 1959 small format hardcover with all the info you’d expect of these famous authors. 240pp, hc, photos, index. Nice copy but no dust jacket $9.50 B

[ ] Canada Department of Transport Civil Aviation Branch Flying Training Manual 1st ed’n 1959 very nice example of this 112 page booklet. Owner’s name on cover. $10.00 B

[ ] Airspeed Special Anniversary Edition 2009 program for the Canadian International Airshow 100th ann. of flight ed’n. As you’d expect 48-page large format magazine. Nice copy $8.50 B

[ ] Encyclopedia of US Military Aircraft 1908 to April 6, 1917 Vol.3 Curtiss J, N, JN-2, JN-3 and JN-8 One of R.B. Casari’s detailed profiles 74-page 1972 profile with photos, drawings, charts. $10.00 pp

[ ] The Planes the Aces Flew Morgan & Shannon Vol.1 from the “Famous Aircraft Series”. This volume from Spaad to F-86. 55pp, hc, lf. Very nice copy $9.50 A

[ ] Terrible, Swift Sword: Union Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry 1861-1865 Langellier. From the “Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment” series 72pp 7×10 format, sc, loads of archival photos + artwork. New copy $7.50 B

[ ] Fix Bayonets: The US Infantry from the American Civil War to the Surrender of Japan Langellier. From the “Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment” series 72pp 7×10 format, sc, loads of archival photos + artwork. New copy $7.50 B

[ ] Mountain Men: The Remarkable Climbers and Determined Eccentrics Who First Scaled The World’s Most Famost Peaks Conefrey & Jordan2001. As it says. For the reader of outdoor adventures. 280pp, sc, photos, biblio, index Nice copy $6.50 B

[ ] Another Icarus: Percy Pilcher and the Quest for Flight Jarrett 1987 Like Stringfellow, Pilcher pioneered in IK aeronautics, but later in the 19th century. Another Smithsonian publication, so it’s solid! 226pp, hc, photos, maps, index. Nice copy $10.00 B

[ ] Warrior Race: A History of the British at War James (2001). As it says … mammoth coverage. Roman times, wars of empire to WWI, WWII, Cold War, Falklands, Gulf War I. “Impeccably researched, expertly written” – Sunday Telegraph. 864pp, hc, biblio, index. New. $14.50 A

[ ] Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm A 4-panel, 8-page cardstock fold-out illustrating (in paintings) these aircraft from 1910 to 1980. Rare item. $10.00 B

[ ] Toronto No Mean City Eric Arthur’s renowned 1964 urban case study. Nothing need be said if you’re after this one or just follow urban history. 314pp, soft cover ed’n, photos, diagrams, biblio, app’x, index. Very nice copy $15.00 A

Other New Copies

[ ] Blitz: The Story of December 29, 1940 Gaskin. The Blitz at its most fearsome — the night the Luftwaffe tried to raze London. Says the flap copy, “Through first hand accounts, diaries, reminiscences, letters and newspaper reports … see and feel what those on whom the bombs fell heard saw and felt … an immersion in history as it was lived hour by hour”. Luftwaffe bombers vs RAF night fighters. 430pp, hc, photos, map, index. $27.00 $14.50 B

[ ] Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives Caddick-Adams. Major study of these two huge names in WWII generalship. Who each man was, his road to success, how they came army-to-army, and how it all panned out for each. A serious study. 610pp, hc, photos, maps, notes, chron, index. $42.00 $18.50 B

[ ] El Alamein 1942 Battistelli Solid coverage of this great WWII battle in the Libyan desert. Monty vs Rommell. 160pp, hc, photos, maps, biblio, index. $15.00 $9.50 B

[ ] Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire Hack. Amazing story of HH. Much of his life with all its “firsts” incl. “Spruce Goose”. His many other interests – submarines, satellites, babes, etc. 444pp, hc, photos, notes, biblio, index. $35.00 $10.00 B

[ ] Unfriendly Skies: Revelations of a Deregulated Airline Pilot Dodson (1989). Airline safety and all such topics in the post-dereg world. Not to unnerve you, but … 236pp, hc. VG. $8.00 B

[ ] Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage Waller. A wonderful bio about one of the great behind-the-scenes Allied figures of WWII. Finishes at Nuremberg and the opening of the Cold War. Important history and a great read for cheap! NEW 466pp, sc, photos, notes, biblio, index. $16.00 $9.50 B

[ ] Backwater War: The Allied Campaign in Italy 1943-45 Hoyt. Coverage of this brutal campaign to break Hitler’s grip in south Europe. Canada’s involvement as at Ortona. 246pp, app’x, index. $10.50 B

[ ] Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov Robert. Highly acclaimed bio of the greatest Soviet general – his youth, early army life, saving Leningrad & Moscow, Kursk, the fall of Germany. Essential WW2 reading. 374pp, pb, photos, notes, biblio, index. $24.95 $13.50 B

[ ] Moscow 1941:A City and Its People at War Braithwaite. Another epic WWII siege researched in astounding detail, The grand German push to the edge of the city, then the ingenious defenses thrown up by the Russians, air defence included. 398pp, hc, photos, maps, notes, biblio, index. $14.50 A

[ ] The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops Lewis. The Daily Mail calls this one “A howitzer of a tale”. With the fall of France, Churchill declared Britain’s determination to survive, but called on every resource. Britain developed the “secret agent” as a special asset, but few survived the war. Lewis used all the records & interviewed survivors in telling this important story. 402pp, sc, photos, app’x, index. $15.95 $12.50 B

[ ] The Unknown Navy: Canada’s World War II Merchant Navy Bob Halford’s renowned tribute to Canada’s 12,000 merchant seamen & their ships. Daily life for oft-torpedoed sailors. Not to be missed, a rare piece of Canadian history! 288 pp, sc, photos $19.95, $16.50 B

[ ] The Road to Russia Edwards. Detailed coverage of the Arctic convoys to Russia of 1942. How three convoys brave Germany’s military might at and below the sea, and in the air, to supply Russia in its time of dire need. One convoy loses 30 ships, another seven. 210pp, map, biblio, index. $29.95 $14.50 B

[ ] Wolfpack:The U-Boats at War Carruthers. Excellent compilation/review of this great topic. 124,sc, photos. $18.00 $11.50 B

[ ] Escape from the Deep Kershaw. Incredible story of the 1944 sinking of the submarine USS Tang. How a handful survived, escaping from the bottom only to become POWs. Their horrible ordeal at the hands of brutal Japanese captors, then their liberation. One of the war’s most astounding survival stories. A finely done book. 270pp, pb, photos, dia, biblio, index. $18.50 $12.00 B

[ ] Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack Nagoski. U-48 torpedoes SS City of Benares in September 1940. The ship with British children being evacuated to Canada goes down. This is their story – the plan to send the children to safe haven, the sinking, the heroics that saved nearly half the passengers and crew, the aftermath. 344pp, sc, photos, map, notes, app’x, index. $14.95 $10.50 B

[ ] Dictionary of Naval Terms Cutler NIP. Outstanding compendium of great use to anyone who sails over just reads about the sea. 246pp, hc. $29.95 $8.50 B

[ ] The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Crisis Coleman. 256pp hc, photos, notes, index. Untold story of how the Cuban Missile Crisis as not over on the famous 13th day when Khrushchev seemed to back down. There was still a chance of WW3 erupting. Coleman reveals the story based in part on his access to Oval Office tapes of the day. 256pp, hc, photos, index. $27.50 $14.50 B

[ ] Fusiliers Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution Urban. Excellent coverage of the life and times of a British fighting unit in the 2nd half of the 18th Century. From Boston to New York and as far south as Carolina, the Fusiliers fight to save the colonies for the king. How the Revolutionary War led to new British tactics that are credited with the later defeat of Napoleon. For anyone with a broad interest in history. Ideal for the War of 1812 reader. 384pp, hc, maps, notes, biblio, index. New $15.00 B

[ ] Through So Many Dangers McCulloch. Memoirs of Rbt Kirk, Royal Highland Regiment. His years in the French-Indian wars from Niagara to the Gulf of Mexico. A classic read. 176pp, sc, lf, ill, maps, biblio, index. New. $10.50 A

[ ] Great Harry’s Navy: How Henry VIII Gave England Seapower Moorehouse. Seminal study of the rise of Britannia as a naval powerhouse. Not to be missed if you read British & European history & the role of seapower. Superb reading. 372pp pb, maps/ill, app’x, notes, gloss, index $15.95 12.50 B

[ ] Seven Firefights in Vietnam Cash, et al. Not to be missed by anyone following this conflict. 192pp, sc, maps, gloss, index. Good coverage of air support as it affected a firefight. New $14.95 $9.50 B

[ ] Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate Albracht and Wolf. Astounding story of a remote firebase with 200 “friendlies” besieged by 6000 Vietcong and NVAs. Important memoir of leadership, violence and sacrifice. Much of the air support provided as the Americans and their Allied made a break for it. 356pp, sc, photos, app’x, index. $21.00 $12.50 B

[ ] Oil & Ice: A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America’s Last Whaling Dynasty Nichols. The whaling fleet is trapped and destroyed by Arctic condition in 1871. Solid history and adventure, big focus on the New England whaling trade. 294pp, pb New $20.00 $10.50 B

[ ] The Error World: An Affair with Stamps Garfield. For any stamp collector. A revealing book about the passion for philately, especially regarding mis-printed stamps, the mystique surrounding them and their often amazing value! 244pp, hc, New $24.00 $12.50 B

Misc. Used

[ ] Canada’s Air Forces on Exchange One of the world’s finest aviation titles … period! A book that any serious aviation reader will treasure. Canadian airmen on peacetime duty with foreign air arms. From W.G. Barker, VC in Iraq in 1925 to RCAF airmen on such interwar types as the Singapore & Gauntlet to a vast array of post-WWII UK exchanges on everything from the Meteor, Lightning, Shackleton & Comet. In the US, on the WB-50, EB-57, F-106, C-97 & C-17. Other exchanges from Australia to Germany, Norway & Venezuela. You’ll be astounded at the adventures, everything from ditching in a Hastings to ejecting from an F-105 and a Canberra! Writes Bob Merrick in COPA Flight: “Truly an enlightening book … Those pondering the ideal Christmas gift for your local Fireside Aviator need look no farther.” 320 pp, hc, lf, 400 b/w & colour photos, lists, gloss, biblio, index. Normally $50.00, spec. Nice copy, autographed to previous owner. $16.50 A

[ ] Fighter Squadron: 441 Squadron from Hurricanes to Hornets Milberry. World class & the gold standard of sqn books. Begins with flying in Newfoundland’s finest winter weather. Army co-op, flying a Hurricane through a ship’s rigging, etc. Spitfire ops in the UK, France. Kills, losses, etc. Postwar on Vampires, F-86, recce CF-104s, nuke & conventional roles to 1986. The Hornet years — NORAD, “Willy Tell”, Aviano, etc. This book honours everyone from the air combat world. In its review, Combat Aircraft addresses the topic of what is ideal in a squadron history: “They are intrinsically difficult to write … the overriding need is to get the right balance… [Fighter Squadron] has achieved the elusive balance … Everything about this volume has the feeling of authority and authenticity.” 320 pp, hc lf, 700+ photos, biblio, index. Nice slightly used copy. $25.00 A

[ ] Flying Stories McAllister. Well done compendium of these, anything from Jules Vernes and Arthur Conan Doyle to such others as McCudden, VC, Red Baron, Buzz Beurling and Bob Braham. Nice, eclectic list. 304pp, hc, ill. $9.50 A

[ ] The Battle of Britain Collier. Rare “Jackdaw” 1960s educational packet of BoB material in 14×9 in. folder. Incl. such content as a letter from Air Chief Marshal Downing., German order appointing a chief of Security Police for Britain, and translation, German propaganda leaflet, layout of defences, how the network of radar stations and Observer corps were used, aircraft recognition cards., orders from A/V/M Park, combat reports, Fighter Command report, several broadsheets. Very good set. Collectible $25.00 A

[ ] Gulfstream Aerospace GII Flight Manual for GII serial 28, C-GCFB 1967. In original Grumman binder + Gulfstream II Training Checklist 1985 Both good condition $16.00

[ ] Gulfstream 1159 Initial Study Guide 3-kg Flight Safety 3-rig binder, as it says $16.00

[ ] Beechcraft Pilot’s Operating Manual and Airplane Flight Manual King Air C90 November 1987. As it says, large 3-ring format, complete. $15.00

[ ] Beechcraft Pilot’s Operating Manual and Airplane Flight Manual King Air A100 November 1987. As it says, large 3-ring format, complete. $15.00

[ ] Beechcraft Pilot’s Operating Manual and Airplane Flight Manual King Air C90 November 1987. As it says, large 3-ring format, complete. $20.00

[ ] The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War over Europe 1940-1945 Overy. A renowned author tells how Bomber Command & the US 8th Air Force executed their plan for total war against Germany, also how the target cities endured. Highly recommended. 562pp, hc, photos, biblio, notes, index. $42.00 $16.00 A

[ ] Illustrated History of the RAF Nesbit. Just as it says. Very well done in text and photos, probably the best of a list of such RAF general histories. 320pp, hc, extra large format, index. VG. $12.50 A

[ ] History of the Royal Canadian Air Force Chris Shores’ coverage of the RCAF 60th. 128 pages, large format, hardcover, photos, index. Nice copy $8.50 A

[ ] Aircraft of the RAF: A Pictorial Record 1918-1978 Very nicely done 192-page book covering everything from pre-WWI to the modern era. Arranged by decade. Large format, softcover, index, chronology, excellent copy of a worthwhile book, 100s of photos. $12.50 A

[ ] Reap the Whirlwind: The Untold Story of 6 Group, Canada’s Bomber Force of WWII Dunmore/Carter (1992). The first detailed history of this great Bomber Command group. Wellingtons, Halifax, Lancasters. Squadron life, many personal profiles. 436pp, softcover, photos, map, biblio, app’x, index. Very nice copy. $13.50 B

[ ] Royal Air Force Bombers of World War Two, Vol.2 Outstanding Philip Moyes book covering the B-17C, Blenheim, Hampden, Halifax, Ventura and Wellesley. Outstanding text with specs, etc,. photos and really wonderful multi-view colour profiles. 64pp, hc. GC. $9.50 A

[ ] Courage in the Air, Vol.1 Arthur Bishop’s 1992 title that covers many great Canadian WWI airmen + WW2 RCAF figures from Len Birchall to Johnny Fauquier, Moose Fumerton, Reg Lane, “Big Joe” McCarthy and V.C. Woodward. 308pp, hc, photos, app’x, gloss, index. Very nice copy $14.50 B

[ ] Wings at Sea: A Fleet Air Arm Observer’s War 1940-45 Gerald Woods, DSC. Excellent personal story starting with training, then aboard Victorious and Formidable. Albacore, Swordfish, etc., Bismarck action, much more. 272pp, hc, photo, gloss, index. Good copy. $9.50 B

[ ] It’s Really Quite Safe Rotherham Personal story of an FAA observer. Many adventures, various aircraft carriers/aircraft in all waters pre-WWII and WWII. 304pp, hc, photos, maps. Nice copy. $13.50 B

[ ] They Gave Me a Seafire Cmdr Mike Crosley, DSC, RN tells of his years in the FAA. From the Med out to the Pacific – great stuff! 270pp, hc, photos, app’x, index. VG. $9.50 B

[ ] Royal Navy Escort Carriers Hobbs. A classic study, lovely book. Profiles each class, each ship. 232pp, hc, lf, photos, dia, app’x, biblio, index. VG. $30.00 A

[ ] Fighting Ships of World War II Westwood. A good general sourcebook, many excellent individual ship profiles, all navies. 160pp, hc, lf, chronology, index. $7.50 A

[ ] An Illustrated History of the Navies of World War II Preston. As it say and a very worthwhile volume covering the RN, USN, such other navies as German, Italy, France and Japan. Battle of the Atlantic, Okinawa, etc. 224pp, hc, lf, photos, maps, artwork, diagrams, index. Nice copy. $14.50 A

[ ] The Design and Construction of Flying Model Aircraft Russell As it says, a total handbook from Harborough circa 1944. 248 pages, hardcover, photos diagrams, graphs, formulae. Good condition, no dust jacket. $25.00 B

[ ] European Land Battles 1939-1943 Dupuy. Excellent collector item. Vol.1 of the 1962 “Military History of WWII” series. From Poland in 1939 to Russo-Finnish war, Norway, collapse of France etc. 92 pp, hc, photos, maps, index. Very good copy. $8.50 B

[ ] A Companion to the Royal Navy A detailed history of the RN from the 1660s, a major work by renowned RN historian David Thomas. As the flap copy notes, “The reader may easily follow the fortune of individual ships, naval battles and battle honours.” 442pp, hc, lf, photos, ill, chronology. 30.00 A

[ ] Song of the Sky Guy Murchie’s delightful, wide-ranging 1954 philosophical look of aviation in every aspect. 438 pp, hc, ill, index. $7.50 A

[ ] Final Approach One of Spencer Dunmore’s decent aviation novels. The aviation world in the UK from 1910 through WWI into the interwar years. 282pp, hc. VG. $6.00 B

[ ] Avro Arrow:The Story of the Avro Arrow from Its Evolution to Its Extinction Arrowheads (Wilkinson et al. 1990 ed’n). Best of the CF-105 Arrow books. 180pp, lf, photos, profiles, dia., stats, foldout, biblio, index. Nice softcover ed’n. $16.50 A

[ ] Monty: The Making of a General 1887-1942 Nigel Hamilton’s spectacular 1981 biography of the great British leader. Treat yourself! 870pp, hc, photos, index. GC. $12.50 A

[ ] History of the RAF Chaz Bowyer (1977). Typical of the genre. Good stuff – decent text, loads of photos. 224pp, hc, lf, app’x, index. GC. $9.00 A

[ ] Encyclopedia of World Air Power Military Aircraft, Air Forces, Missiles – The World’s Most Comprehensive Military Aviation Encyclopedia Gunston (1980). What a title, but it’s all true! One of those books that deserves the appellation “indispensable”. 384pp, hc, lf, photos, 3-views, profiles, specs, you name it. GC. $16.00 A

[ ] Putting NASA and America Back in Space Former NASA planner Michael Simon’s 1987 treatise analyzing the US space program to date, then discussing future potential. 218pp, sc, photos, index, very nice author autographed copy $12.00 B

[ ] Tragic Victories: From Pearl Harbour to the Allied Assault on Occupied Europe. One of Ed Jablonski’s classic WWII air war histories. 206pp, lf, hc, excellent photo content, index. $16.50 A

[ ] Epic of Flight “Life” magazine commemorative portfolio of colour aircraft paintings: Sopwith Camel, Fokker Triplane, SPAD 13, Spitfire IX, Bf.109G-6, P-51D. ea. 8 ½ x 11”, very good copies. $15.00 B

[ ] Wingfoot Lighter-Than-Air Society (Akron, Ohio) 50+ newsletters for this renowned aviation history society. Average 10-12 pages stapled, photos, ill., etc. Quality historical info for the diehard reader/researcher. Mainly later 1970s to early 90s. 2 kg package. Collection only, Good Condition (GC) $80.00 A

[ ] Cross & Cockade Journal (Society of World War I Aero Historians, USA) Vol.16 1975 Nos.1-4 full set. In-depth coverage in each issue. Collector items. Ea. issue about 100 pages. Photos, etc. GC $25.00 A

[ ] Cross & Cockade Journal (Society of World War I Aero Historians, USA) Vol.16 1977 Nos.1-4 full set. GC $25.00 A

[ ] The Incredible War of 1812 Hitsman. The history of this strange war, updated by Don Graves. Should be in every Canadian home where there’s the remotest interest in history. 432 pp, ill., maps, app’x, biblio. NEW $18.50 B

[ ] Flying the Frontiers: More Hours of Aviation Adventure Matheson. Vol.2 More of the same great coverage. 290pp, hc, photos, gc. Author’s autograph. $12.50 B

[ ] Power: The Pratt & Whitney Canada Story Sullivan & Milberry. Last few original hardcover copies! From early bush flying years to the PT6 & PW100 in the Dash 8, ATR, etc. Photos galore of all the aircraft, etc. Airlines remarks, “An attractive example of how to make a company history come alive.” CAHS: “If you have enjoyed previous books published by CANAV, you will treasure this one.” In 2010 Pierre Gillard, one of Quebec’s leading aviation aficionados, notes (to the publisher’s delight): “Même si le livre est déjà assez ancien, il n’en demeure pas moins un indispensable.” 320 pp, hc, app’x, index. New copy, signed by Milberry $35.00 A

[ ] An Investigation of an Emergency Backup Guidance and Navigation Procedure for the Transearth Phase of the Apollo Mission 1963 86-page MIT 8×11” document by Breck and Wilson. Very nice copy 9 of 20. $12.00 A

[ ] Orbital and Ballistic Flight: An Introduction to Space Technology Sandorf 240-page 1960 MIT original document. Very good copy. $12.00 A

[ ] The Canadair Sabre The Canadian-built Sabre with the RCAF, RAF, USAF, Luftwaffe, etc. 600+ photos, prod’n & accident lists, maps, index, etc. Noted Air Fan, “The aviation literary event of the year.” Air International:

Doug Davidge remembers his uncle Rod Davidge

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Doug wrote back about his uncle Rod…

Unfortunately Rod is no longer with us so he can’t tell his own story. That said, if you browse the links below, you will find courtesy of others, he will always have a profile on the Internet (see links below).

In regards to his career as a fighter pilot during WWII, he and another young man from Edson, AB (William “Bill” Switzer) both enlisted at about the same time…both achieved their wings and were both assigned to RAF 193 about the time they received their first Hawker Typhoons.

Both men had many adventures flying Typhoons most of which was a bit hair raising to say the least. Like so many other Tiffie pilots, the risk to life and limb was always present. They lost many good pilots. Rod was hit twice by flak but landed safely…dead stick, one wheels down, one wheels up. He had many other close calls. Bill Switzer was hit on a few occasions and on his last mission he had to bail from a burning aircraft. In the process, he broke his leg, suffer burns but somehow managed to get out in time for his parachute to open. He soon found himself along the front lines and had to take cover for a couple of days…crawling the whole time. He eventually had to find water and in doing so was taken prisoner by German infantry. Their commanding officer was crucial in keeping him alive. Not long after, though, the German squad got into a fire fight with American troops and Bill was able to steal away into hiding. Before his ordeal was over, he had to avoid a tank battle, bush fires, but was eventually picked up by US troops who found him in pretty bad shape. Once they figured out he was RAF (and not a German pilot), the got him to medical aid. He was eventually moved to England to recover. About the same time, my Uncle Rod was finally removed from active service with 193 (132 combat missions, mental fatigue) and was shipped to England to recover. Both men made it back to Canada by Christmas, 1944.

Doug Davidge

Links to Rod’s story

Another fellow from Edson also ended up in Typhoons:

Message from Clarence

Clarence sent me this message… It’s from Lynn Garrison.

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Since 1983, I have operated the Haitian Children’s Fund from my personal resources, with some effect. Throughout those years, I have studiously avoided any mention of my colorful past, since the charity operations here are mostly “Faith Based,” which might find me, in their minds, “marching to a different drummer.”

Recently, I was contacted by Biafrans who thought I was dead. They have held an annual memorial service for me since 1969, saluting me for what I did 50 years ago. I was surprised that anyone remembered me, since I did everything possible to remain unnoticed.

So now, the gloves are off! I am going to make a thrust for support, throughout the aviation community. Each month theHaitian Children’s Fund site will have a short story, under our section – HIGH FLIGHT that recounts an adventure from a somewhat adventursome past – all with an aviation focus. The first tells of my involvement with the Ferry Flights of ex-RCAF Mustangs during the sixties. A follow to this could be one about the 1969 Football War, in El Salvador….. my film projects…

Many people donate each year, most times to charities they know little about. I am hoping the aviation people will look at us as a recipient. We don’t have any overhead, and a dollar/pound/peso in is 100% on target.

Like a “chain letter- with a purpose,” I would hope that each of you sees fit to pass this message along to your personal e-mail list of contacts.

If anyone wants to communicate with me, via e-mail, I will respond to each contact, personally.

Some Haitian kids lives depend on this, literally. I am running as fast as I can but children – and adults – are actually dying of starvation, at this moment in Haiti’s Northwest, – unremarked – 623 nautical from where we can launch missions to the moon.

Take a look at our site and see the HIGH FLIGHT segment.

My small friends need help!


Lynn Garrison


Clarence Simonsen’s new research about the Vickers Stranraer

Preserving the Past II


Research by Clarence Simonsen


This is the front cover of the Royal Air Force “Official Programme” for Saturday, May 20, 1939, Empire Air Day. This would be the last Empire Air Day before the beginning of World War Two. This copy was found in an old book store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in the mid-1980, and the front cover contains the signature of Squadron Leader D. H. Carey, who was the R.A.F. Press Liaison Officer for the Empire Air Day, Acklington. The Flying Program has 66 pages, cover to cover, and while the front page of the issue features the color art of three Hawker Siddeley Hurricanes, the contents of the programme are mostly directed at the possibly of war with Germany, the new Vickers Supermarine Spitfire fighter, and the powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

Vickers Stranraer

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Introduction Little Norway (PDF Draft Version)

Another research done by Clarence Simonsen on Preserving the Past II

Preserving the Past II

“Little Norway”
Toronto Island Airport 1940-1943

Introduction to Little Norway

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Research by Clarence Simonsen


After spending four years in the Canadian [Army Military Police] Provost Corps, I completed the entrance exam for the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force in August 1965, being sworn-in on 6 October 65, and graduated from the [Metropolitan Toronto] police college in March 1966. After four months of walking the beat in #14 Division [Little Italy, which was another country to this western born guy] I was posted to #23 Division in Etobicoke. After just five weeks, I was detailed to a part-time posting at a special police station which only operated in the Canadian National Exhibition grounds during the month of August, closing on 2 September each year. Born and raised in Western Canada, I had no idea of what to expect or the long Toronto history involved. First opened in September 1879 as the Industrial Exhibition, the…

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