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Winged Victory - Yeates, V.M - 1934. 
Jonathan Cape, London 1934 - A near fine copy, with a very good d/w. First edition, first impression, first published June 1934. Original blue cloth, silver lettered spine and front cover, top edges blue. With the dust jacket in near fine. .An exemplary copy of what is widely regarded as one of the most realistic and moving accounts of aerial combat in World War I. This is an incredibly elusive volume in this first edition, and with a wrapper! RAF pilots of World War II were known to pay up to £5 a copy for Yeates's scarce book, because, they said, it was the only book about war-flying that "wasn't flannel", an accolade not to be underestimated, from individuals best placed to recognize the authenticity and prophetic value of his experience. One of the best first-hand descriptions of a pilots life at this time can be found in Winged Victory by Victor Yeates, who at that time was a lieutenant flying Sopwith Camel single-seater fighters with No. 46 Squadron from Le Hameau airfield just behind Arras. Yeates completed a seven-month spell of operational flying, which included the March Offensive, and made 163 operational flights totalling 248 hours. He crashed four times twice shot down by German fire and twice accidentally. His book, nominally fiction, is recognised as being an authentic account of his time with No. 46 Squadron, and it vividly describes the strain of low-level flying over the battlefield and engaging German infantry with bombs and machine-guns during the course of the German spring offensive. Yeates died from tuberculosis, brought on by the strain of his wartime flying, in 1934, the year his book was first published" (Martin Middlebrook, The Kaisers Battle, p. 281). Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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