SMOKE TRAILS in the SKY
By Squadron Leader Tony Bartley DFC
Signed by Tony Bartley
Signed by Tony Bartley on the title page
William Kimber First edition 1984. 208 pages and well illustrated with photos
Very Good condition hardback book and dustjacket. Clean bright and tight.
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. And a signed first edition of this book is surprisingly scarce.