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Spifire Pilot
London: Faber and Faber Limited,, 1943. Octavo. Original sky blue cloth, red lettered spine. Portrait frontispiece and 6 plates. Ownership inscription and note on front free endpaper. Spine sunned and rolled. First edition, fourth impression; originally published in June 1942. With an autograph letter signed from the author to "Thompson", thanking him for his letter and apologising for his slowness in replying as he has "been away", saying that he will "certainly come to Wigton on January 9 - the only difficulty being transport, as I have no car now and being Sunday I don't suppose the buses will be much use", then enquiring if "any of your people come out from Carlisle by car?"; he closes by way of a postscript: "Excuse paper - written at aerodrome". Dated from RAF Kingstown, Carlisle, 17 December 1943 and written on a sheet roughly torn from an exercise book. A wonderfully evocative wartime letter from a noted Spitfire ace, who was killed a year and a day later. Flight Lieutenant David Moore Crook DFC was a member of 609 Squadron and was involved in the Battle of Britain. During his career he was credited with six "kills". On 18 December 1944 he took off from Dyce in Scotland on a high level photographic sortie; his plane went into the sea near Aberdeen and his body was never recovered.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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