FLY For Your LIFE
The Story of Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck DSO DFC**
Signed by Bob Stanford Tuck
Signed on the title page by
Wing Commander Bob Stanford Tuck
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 very light spotting to a few pages. The dustjacket is also in Very Good condition, clipped and a little edge worn, but it looks smart in a protective cover. There is a note on the title page stating that the book was signed at Tuck’s home in Sandwich Bay on 9th February 1980.
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 a copy with a flat signature to the title page is very collectable.