120 days fighting the Japanese onslaught in 1942

Signed by Terence Kelly

  • Price: £ 60

Signed by Sgt Terence Kelly on the front end paper

July 1982′

William Kimber First Edition 1977.  234 pages and well illustrated with photos.

Fine Condition hardback book in a Fine condition dustjacket. A superb copy.

This is the author’s personal account of what happened to the 22 pilots of No 258 Squadron RAF who left Scotland in late October 1941 until 120 days later when all those who had not been killed became prisoners of the Japanese.

The author was one of those pilots and he describes the final defence of Singapore and then retreat to Sumatra and Java where he recaptures the atmosphere of the bitter aerial engagements with the Japanese enemy and the hostile jungle terrain over which they fought before the few survivors were captured and became PoWs of the Japanese.

This is a very moving account of a desperate and largely forgotten aspect of the war, told by a young Hurricane pilot who survived the experience and many years of captivity to become a well known playwright.

The book comes with a bookplate (not attached) signed by MRAF Sir Denis Spotswood GCB CBE DSO DFC who wrote the foreword for the book.