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This is a story ( from 1910 to post Second World War ) of the vast unpredictable adventure of flying during one man's life - span - hair - raising, ludicrous, terrifying and at times very moving.


Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features Dust jacket, Dedicated copy
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 282
Published date 1976
Languages English
Size 14 x 22 x 3 cm
Author Spencer Dunmore




I am ancient. A relic. Rheumy of eye and wobby of limb, I observe the steady deterioration of the untidy bundle of pipes and bones, muscles and tissue that is me. I suffer from no specific ailment, simply a general wearing - down of everything. There can't be a great deal of time left. Does the knowledge sadden me or frighten me ? I don't think so. I believe I can truthfully claim to accept the inevitability of my years with a certain tranquillity ; even at times with some impatience.


My memory works better than anything else. Admittedly, I have been known to mix up my decades ; occasionally, I have even managed to confuse my world wars. In the main, however, I remember it all with remarkable clarity. I have discovered an intense pleasure in memory. The human animal in decline seems to nourish itself on retrospection in much the same way that it fed on hope and ambition ( and lust, I suppose ) in its younger days.


I am ninety. ( ... )

Spencer Dunmore

Spencer Dunmore ( December 16th, 1928 - December 14th, 2019 ) was born in London ( England ). His fascination and respect for wartime aircrew grew out of his youth going to boarding school in Pocklington ( Yorkshire, England ), which was near an R.A.F bomber airfield. He watched men climb into the aircraft and take off for operations to occupied Europe. 

After the war, Spencer Dunmore spent two years in the R.A.F. as a Radar Operator. He flew missions during the Berlin Airlift in 1948. He moved to Canada in 1956 and later got his pilot's licence there. He first worked as a Fuller Brush door - to - door salesman, but he eventually went to work in the advertising department for Great - West Life Insurance and sold some stories to the CBC. 

He came to Stelco in 1963. He served as chief of creative services and co - ordinated a number of Stelco periodicals, plus corporate reports. He became advertising manager in 1989. Stelco shut down the department in November 1990 for economic reasons. 

His first book was the novel Bomb Run ( 1971 ) and detailed the efforts of an R.A.F. Lancaster crew in 1944 returning from their final bombing mission over Berlin, trying to avoid a determined Luftwaffe fighter pilot. Spencer Dunmore's works include Collision ( 1974 ), Sound of Wings ( 1984 ), Wings for Victory ( 1994 ), In Great Waters : The Epic Story of the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939 - 45 ( 1999 ), Undaunted : Long - Distance Flyers in the Golden Age of Aviation ( 2004 ). 

( sources : The Hamilton Spectator, )

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