AL DEERE ~ Special Limited Edition
Wartime Fighter Pilot ~ Peacetime Commander
Limited Edition Multi-signed Bookplate
The authorised biography of Air Cdre Alan Deere DSO OBE DFC* AFC
This Special Limited Edition (6/60 copies) has been signed by:
Wing Commander Johnny Checketts DSO DFC ~ 611 & 485 Squadrons
Ludwig Martel ~ 54 Squadron Battle of Britain
George Swanwick ~ 54 Squadron Battle of Britain
Mick Shand ~ 54 Squadron Battle of Britain
John Pattison ~ 92 Squadron Battle of Britain
Pinkie Stark DFC ~ CO 609 Squadron
Mike Donnet DFC ~ CO 64 Squadron
Group Captain John Peel DSO DFC ~ CO 145 Squadron Battle of Britain
Air Cdre Pete Brothers CBE DSO DFC* ~ 32/257 Squadron Battle of Britain
Air Cdre John Ellacombe ~ 151 Squadron Battle of Britain
Tom Draper-Williams ~ 602 Squadron
Jimmy Sheddan ~ Jack Rae ~ Max Collett ~ Harvey Sweetman ~ Ken Lee
There is also a bookplate with a mounted Al Deere signature
Published by Grub Street, 2003. 224 pages and lots of photos.
Fine condition book and dustjacket in a blue slipcase. Nearly as new.
After having joined the RAF in 1937, New Zealander Al Deere was in the thick of action right from the start of the war, serving with great distinction over France and Dunkirk in May and June of 1940. After surviving a crash-landing during a head-on attack he helped defend London and the south-east during the Battle of Britain effecting numerous escapes in tight combat situations.
He went on, variously, to command a flight in 602 Squadron, to lecture in America, to command the Kenley and Biggin Hill Wings and then to lead 145 French Wing in France before becoming Wing Commander Plans with 84 Group. Post-war saw him take up many more significant postings including Station Commander of North Weald, and Aide de Camp to HM the Queen. If it could be said that he ‘had a good war’, he enjoyed an even better peace.
Richard Smith had the full co-operation of family, friends and colleagues in researching the source material to write the biography of this fascinating and exceptional man. The book also includes many of Deere’s letters and papers on the tactics and strategy of combat, and his hitherto unpublished story entitled ‘Escape’ based on the exploits of his friend Johnny Checketts who also contributed the foreword to this book.
A nice posthumous biography of one of the most famous Battle of Britain pilots which complements his own classic book ‘Nine Lives’. Plus a great set of signatures including Checketts and Mick Shand which are both hard to find in books.
Price: £ 130 or close offer