FULL CIRCLE : The story of air fighting

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This fascinating book, written by the top - scoring R.A.F. fighter Ace of the Second World War, describes air fights from 1914 to 1953.


Format 18 x 12 x 2 cm
Nbr. de pages 303
Finition Paperbound
Aviation belge No
Année d’édition 1968
Langue English
ISBN 330 30045 8
Etat du livre Good condition
Auteur Air Vice - Marshal J.E. ( " Johnnie " ) Johnson C.B.E., D.S.O., D.F.C.
Réédition ? 2nd Printing
Editeur Editor:PAN BOOKS LTD


" My story about fighter tactics is written round fighter pilots and the aeroplanes they flew. The men were more important than the aeroplanes… Once in the air they had the gift of becoming part of their fighters. "
" Johnnie " Johnson describes air fights from the string, canvas and wood aircraft, armed with rifles and pistols, of the 1914 - 18 war, to the multi - machine guns, cannon and rocket - firing fighters of the Korean War.
Air Vice - Marshal J.E. Johnnie Johnson C.B.E. D.S.O. D.F.C.
Air Vice - Marshal James Edgar " Johnnie " Johnson C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. & Two Bars, D.F.C. & Bar ( March 9th, 1915 - January 30th, 2001 ) was born in Barrow upon Soar ( Leicestershire, England ). In 1938, he broke his collarbone playing rugby for Chingford Rugby Club ( London, England ). The injury was wrongly set and did not heal properly, which later caused him difficulty at the start of his flying career. " Johnnie " Johnson started taking flying lessons at his own expense. He twice applied to join the Auxiliary Air Force ( A.A.F. ), then the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ( R.A.F.V.R. ), but was rejected every time. In August 1939, " Johnnie " Johnson was finally accepted by the R.A.F.V.R., and on August 7th, 1940, he received his wings. At the end of the Second World War, " Johnnie " Johnson became the R.A.F. top - scorer, credited with 34 individual victories, 7 shared victories, 3 shared probable, 10 damaged, 3 shared damaged and 1 destroyed on the ground. But it is said that the true R.A.F. top - scorer could be a South African fighter pilot, Squadron Leader Marmaduke Thomas St. John " Pat " Pattle D.F.C. & Bar ( 1914 - 1941 ), credited with 50 individual victories, 2 shared victories, 7 and 1 shared probable, 4 and 2 shared damaged and 3 destroyed on the ground ( the true figure could be higher ). ( sources : Wikipedia, Ciel de Gloire )
Pan Books began as an independent publisher, established in 1944 by Captain Alan John Bott M.C. & Bar ( 1893 - 1952 ), previously known for his memoirs of his experiences as a flying Ace in the First World War. A few years after it was founded, Pan Books was bought out by a consortium of several publishing houses, including Macmillan, Collins, Heinemann, and, briefly, Hodder & Stoughton. It became wholly owned by Macmillan in 1987. Pan Books specialised in publishing paperback fiction and, along with Penguin Books, was one of the first popular publishers of this format in the United Kingdom. Many popular authors saw their works given paperback publication through the publisher, including Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, Peter O'Donnell, Agatha Christie, Neville Shute, John Steinbeck, Josephine Tey, etc... Pan Books also published paperback editions of works by classic authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Now part of the British - based Macmillan Publishers ( owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group of Germany ), the Pan Books imprint continues to publish a broad list of popular fiction and non - fiction. ( source : Wikipedia )
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