Ward, Arthur.


1st ed.,1989. 208 pp., photo-ills. + ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE Autographs of Flight Lieutenant Peter Ian Howard-Williams, DFC (118 RAF Fighter Squadron) and Flight Lieutenant Alwyn Edgley (601 and 253 Squadrons) pasted to prelims with 3 rep. photographs of the former and brief biographies of both. Also tipped-in is a hand–written LETTER from Mrs. Howard-Williams informing a lady who had written requesting her husband’s autograph that he had died in 1993. She goes on to describe an interesting and humorous anecdote about a close escape he had experienced during the war. This book is not just another account of the Battle of Britain, after four painstaking years of research Arthur Ward presents a fresh and absorbing analysis of the greatest air battle in history which brings to life those eventful months in images and words. It includes numerous first-hand accounts and recollections and provides a wide-ranging historical background to the technical aspects of the war in the air. An honest and informative portrait of an era, this book at last sifts the reality from many long-established legends. This copy is particularly important because pasted to its prelims are the autographs of two Battle of Britain Pilots, Peter Ian Howard-Williams and Alwyn Edgley. Howard-Williams joined 19 Squadron at Duxford in 1940 and remained with 19 throughout the Battle of Britain. He was with 610 Squadron in early 1941 and later went on to 118 Squadron at Ibsley. He was awarded the DFC in 1941 and appeared briefly as himself in the 1941 film The First of the Few. He was made Flight Commander early in 1942 and claimed a BF 109 destroyed on February 2nd 1942. He retired from the RAF in 1958 as a Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander. The photographs reproduced and pasted here show him beside his Spitfire after it had been hit with German Cannon Shell after a ‘Dog-Fight’ with the Luftwaffe in 1942 in which he lost all controls and was fortunate to land alive. This event is briefly recalled in the letter loosely inserted here from his wife as she writes about another anecdote from his experiences at war. The other autograph belongs to Alwyn Edgley who began in 1940 with 601 Squadron and then moved to 253. On September 29th 1940 he was shot down in the Battle of Britain by a Bf 109 but managed to bale out and survive. FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. UNIQUE COPY WITH THE AUTOGRAPHS OF TWO BATTLE OF BRITAIN PILOTS.

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