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320 pages - 2008 - Used, very good condition
First published three years after " Tim " Vigors's passing, this is his story as a R.A.F. fighter pilot who fought over Dunkirk, during the Battle of Britain and in the Far East.


Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Special feature Reprint ( First published in hardback, 2006 )
Condition Used, very good condition
Number of pages 320
Published date 2008
Language English
Size 13 x 20 x 3 cm
Author Tim Vigors D.F.C.
Editor Grub Street


( ... ) 1940 found " Tim " Vigors flying Spitfires and seeing frantic and distinguished service over Dunkirk and then during the dangerous days of the Battle of Britain, when he became an Ace.


Transferred to the Far East as a Flight Commander, on December 10th, 1941, he led his aircraft in to defend the stricken Prince of Wales and Repulse.


Dramatically shot down, burnt and attacked on his parachute, he was evacuated to Java, and this is where his hand - written account ends.


Throughout, the author describes his experiences in an honest, refreshing way. A stimulating and valuable record, it is now regarded as a classic. 

Tim Vigors D.F.C.

Wing Commander Timothy Ashmead " Tim " Vigors D.F.C. ( March 22nd, 1921 - November 14th, 2003 ) was born at Hatfield ( Hertfordshire, England ). The family were landowners in County Carlow and owned Tullamaine Castle stud in County Tipperary ( both in Ireland ). " Tim " grew up near Melton Mowbray ( Leicestershire, England ) and was educated at Eton College ( Berkshire, England ). 

After leaving he did six months cramming and passed the entrance examination for the R.A.F. College Cranwell ( Lincolnshire, England ), entering it in January 1939 as a Flight Cadet ( graduated on December 23rd, 1939 ). He first joined No. 266 " Rhodesia " Squadron at R.A.F. Sutton Bridge ( Lincolnshire, January 6th, 1940 ), then was posted to No. 12 Group Pool at R.A.F. Aston Down ( Gloucestershire, England, January 17th ), converting to Bristol Blenheims. 

" Tim " joined No. 222 " Natal " Squadron at R.A.F. Duxford ( Cambridgeshire, England, February 24th ). The Squadron was re - equipped with Supermarine Spitfire Mark Ia's in March. Throughout the Second World War, " Tim " fought over Dunkirk ( Nord, France ), during the Battle of Britain, in Singapore as Flight Commander ( No. 243 Squadron ), then as C.O. ( No. 453 Squadron, R.A.A.F. ), and in Malaya ( present - day Malaysia ). Subsequently he assumed various commands in India before returning to United Kingdom in early 1945. Having made two crash landings, shot down once ( badly burned and wounded in the thigh ) and awarded the D.F.C., his final tally of aerial victories was 6 / 7 kills, 10 probables and 5 damaged. 

" Tim " retired from the R.A.F. on November 8th, 1946, as a Squadron Leader ( S/Ldr ), retaining the rank of Wing Commander ( W/Cdr ). He began civilian life by setting up a photographic agency in Ireland, but then joined the bloodstock auctioneers Goffs. In 1951, he left to start his own bloodstock agency. He also set up a firm specialising in private and executive aircraft ( late 1950s ), then returned to the bloodstock business, where he had considerable success. 

He moved to Ireland ( 1968 ), then went to live in Spain ( mid - 1970s ) before returning to Newmarket ( Suffolk, England, early 1980s ). 

Married four times and father of six children, " Tim " passed away at Cambridge ( Cambridgeshire, England ), at the age of 82. 

( sources : Wikipedia,,, )

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