RAF DUXFORD

A History in Photographs from 1917 ~ Present Day

Limited Edition Multi-signed Bookplate

  • Price: £ 125

This Special Limited Edition (5/45 copies) has been signed by pilots who flew from Duxford in WWII including 

Don Blakeslee ~ Eagle Squadron & 4th FG 
Wilson ‘Bill’ Edwards ~ Eagle Squadron & 4th FG
Ken Wilkinson ~ 19 Squadron Battle of Britain
George Unwin ~ 19 Squadron Battle of Britain
HM Pinfold ~ CO 56 Squadron Battle of Britain
 Iain Hutchinson ~ 222 Squadron Battle of Britain
Frantisek Fajtl ~ 310 Squadron Battle of Britain
Eric Barwell ~  264 Squadron Battle of Britain
Robin Appleford  ~ 66 Squadron Battle of Britain
Richard Jones ~  19 Squadron Battle of Britain
Tony Pickering ~ 501 Squadron Battle of Britain
John Ellacombe ~ 151 Squadron Battle of Britain
Tony Iveson ~ 616 Squadron Battle of Britain
Ken Lee ~ 501 Squadron Battle of Britain
Terry Clark ~ Joe Atkinson ~ RCE Law~ Tom Stevens ~ Les Millgate ~ Richard Smith (author) 

Published by Grub Street, 2006.    160 pages and lots of photos, some in colour, including some rare ones from the Battle of Britain movie which was partly filmed at Duxford.

Fine condition hardback book and dustjacket in a blue slipcase. As new. Comes with Vector Certificate of Authenticity

Established in 1917 to train Royal Flying Corps aircrew during WWI, Duxford was also the base for two United States Aero Squadrons, 137 and 159, and by the end was a mobilisation airfield for three DH9 day bomber squadrons.

During the 1920s and 30s, expansion continued apace, with three fighter squadrons, 19, 29 and 111, and the presence of many illustrious names, including Harry Broadhurst, Johnny Kent and Frank Whittle. The first aerodrome in Fighter Command to receive the Spitfire (in August 1938), Duxford rose to supreme prominence during the early part of the Second World War. Part of 12 Group detailed to protect the industrial midlands and north east Britain, the base’s role during the Battle of Britain was mired in controversy due to the Big Wing tactics of Douglas Bader and Trafford Leigh-Mallory.

From October 1942 to the end of the war, Duxford was essentially an American base for, variously, the 8th Air Force, 350th and 78th Fighter Groups. Postwar the RAF operated jets from the station until 1961 when the future was put on hold. Managing to avoid the ignominy of becoming a prison or sports complex, the Imperial War Museum finally came to the rescue making Duxford into today’s premier international air museum.

An excellent visual history of this important RAF station, supported by detailed captions and narrative. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever visited the museum or an airshow and thought ‘I wonder what happened here…..?’