SMOKE TRAILS in the SKY
By Squadron Leader Tony Bartley DFC
Signed by Tony Bartley
Laid in letter signed by Tony Bartley dated March 4th 1985
‘Should you want to read first hand all about 92 Squadron and its pilots,
I have described it very thoroughly in my recent book ‘Smoke Trails in the Sky’
which was published by William Kimber Ltd of 100 Jermyn Street London’
William Kimber First edition 1984. 208 pages and well illustrated with photos
Fine condition hardback book and Fine condition dustjacket. Clean bright and tight. An excellent copy of this book.
Tony Bartley epitomised the young, dashing RAF fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain. He learned to fly in 1938 and joined the RAF the following year first being posted to 92 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He was credited with 8 victories during the Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain before joining 74 Squadron as a flight commander in March 1941.
Following a rest period as a flying instructor and then as a production test pilot at Vickers Supermarine, he returned to operations in February 1942 as a flight commander with 65 Squadron and then in May he was appointed the Squadron’s CO. The following August he was appointed to command 111 Squadron in North Africa and he returned to the UK in January 1943 after the end of his tour and flew with the Americans over the D-Day landings. After the war he married the famous actress Deborah Kerr.
Another fascinating insight into the fabulous 92 Squadron through the eyes of one of its most extrovert characters which captures the atmosphere of the times.