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A Contemporary Account of the Battle of Britain

Signed by Flight Lieutenant David Crook DFC

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Paper signed by Flight Lieutenant David Crook DFC
on the front end paper
‘With best wishes’
 dated 9/12/42

Published by Faber and Faber.  First edition, 2nd impression July 1942

In Near Fine condition despite the age of book and wartime paper standards. It has a Very Good, bright dust jacket which is smart in a protective cover. A really nice copy of this classic book.

David Crook, a pre-war Auxiliary, recounts his experiences flying with 609 (West Riding) Squadron in 1940 and ’41. During his first tour, with which this book deals, he was credited with 7 victories. Apparently, most of the book was written while waiting at ‘readiness’.  After being rested he returned to operations and brought his score to 12½. He was listed as Missing In Action on 18 December 1944 aged 30 whilst on a high level photographic sortie.

One of the most collectable Battle of Britain memoirs, and this is a particularly well preserved copy with an excellent, bold, rare David Crook signature.