FLY For Your LIFE
The Story of Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck DSO DFC**
Signed by Bob Stanford Tuck
Inscribed & signed by Bob Stanford Tuck on the Title Page
Frederick Muller Limited. First Edition, 1st impression 1956. 367 pages. Frontispiece portrait and 30 photos.
Very Good condition hardback book in blue boards and with gilt titles on the spine. Internally it is clean with some age tanning to the end papers and a hint of a water stain to the extreme page tips of the first few pages. Very Good condition clipped dustjacket with a bit of edgewear and a small repaired tear to the rear panel. It looks smart in a protective cover.
With 29 victories, eight probables and six damaged, Bob Stanford Tuck was one of the greatest fighter aces of WWII though his combat career only lasted 18 months from Dunkirk to January 1942 when he was shot down by ground fire in northern France. Imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, he escaped eastwards, because he was a Russian speaker, and joined the advancing Soviet troops.
From the jacket: “The story of ‘the Immortal Tuck’, one of the RAF’s top fighter pilots with 29 official victories and more than his share of hairsbreadth escapes. So phenomenal was his luck that he became a legend”.
This is one of the classic Battle of Britain books and although this copy is not pristine, signed copies are particularly hard to find in any condition.