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Halifax : An Illustrated History of a Classic World War II Bomber (inscribed by a wartime rear gunner with, loosely inserted, his signed photo. next to the aircraft)

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Title:Halifax : An Illustrated History of a Classic World War II Bomber (inscribed by a wartime rear gunner with, loosely inserted, his signed photo. next to the aircraft)
Price:GBP£50.00 (about USD$62.40)
Category:Aviation
ISBN:9780711007673
Book ID:B009-3762
Quantity:1
Publisher:Ian Allan, Shepperton, Surrey, 1980
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Near Fine Condition
Dust Jacket:Near Fine
Ian Allan, 1980, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First Edition, Inscribed by person(s) connected with book

This copy is inscribed on the reverse of the title page by a wartime rear gunner who flew 37 operations in 1944 for RAF 578 Squadron & also includes his signed photo. pictured standing next to the aircraft. Illustrated end-papers showing b/w. cutout drawing of the aircraft; The Lancaster may well have been a better heavy bomber than the Halifax yet it was nothing like as versatile nor as robust. Indeed the total contribution to the war effort of the Halifax, with its multifarious roles, probably exceeded that of the over-specialised Lancaster. In this book the author attempts to put the record straight. He argues that the Halifax suffered an initial defect that was accepted as a justifiable risk in those desperate days when the whole future of Bomber Command's meagre force of "heavies" combined with that initial fault to cause losses that might otherwise not have occurred; at least not in the same proportion. The result was a bad reputation that lingered long after it had ceased to be in any way true. Size: Large Octavo. 437 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. brown cloth; illustrated by numerous b/w. photo's.. Includes appendices. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Aviation; Aircraft; Bombers; World War II; Britain/UK; 1940s; Military & Warfare. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. ISBN: 0711007675. ISBN/EAN: 9780711007673. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3762.
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