A Biography of Group Captain Leonard Trent VC DFC

Signed by Leonard Trent VC

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Signed on the title page by  Leonard Trent VC
and the author James Sanders (also a RNZAF WWII pilot)

Published by Hutchinson of New Zealand, First Edition 1983.  Foreword by Laddie Lucas. 266 pages including photos.

Fine condition hardback book in blue boards with gilt titles. Internally the book is clean and tight. The Dustwrapper is also in Fine condition with an even fade to the spine.

The biography of the New Zealand pilot who led a raid on Amsterdam Power Station in 1943. Of 11 Lockheed Venturas taking part in the raid, only one survived.

Leonard Trent was one of 13 aircrew taken prisoner and he was sent to Stalag Luft III in time for ‘the Great Escape’. Trent was caught as he emerged from the tunnel exit. The story of the prisoners’ death march to Trenthorst, near Hamburg, as the Russians advanced in 1944 was recorded in Trent’s diary.

After the war Trent was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the Amsterdam raid citing his cool, unflinching courage in the face of overwhelming odds.  He became a flying instructor, commanded the first Valiant V-Bomber Squadron during the Suez crisis and passed away in 1986.

A scarce signed book with a very collectable air VC signature.