Brown, George. & Lavigne, Michael.


Battleline Books, Langley, Canada, 1st ed., 1984. II + 345 pp., various photo-ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Some small closed tears to d.j., o/w Nr/FINE. From the Library of Second World War Spitfire Ace, Johnnie Johnson, with a presentation inscription to him from "A. J. Bauer 'The Staller'." (See below). In 1940, during the Battle of Britain, Fighter Command RAF had to change its tactics from defensive to offensive. It began forming wings of two or more squadrons to counter the change in strategy of the Luftwaffe. These wings were led by experienced squadron commanders, three of whom were Canadians. Early in 1941, a new position was created in Fighter Command ; that of Wing Leader. The fighter wings consisted of two or three squadrons, but later incorporated as many as four or five squadrons ' especially in 1944 ' 45 when Fighter Command had undergone a tremendous expansion. This book tells of the 24 Canadians who were fighter wing leaders in the course of the Second World War ' a position which came as the apex in the career of a fighter pilot. This copy comes from the Library of the Second World War Spitfire ace, James Edgar [Johnnie] Johnson. It bears a gift inscription on the front free endpaper which reads, "For Johnnie 'JEJ', as an appreciation for friendship over the years. 99.04.25 A. J. Bauer 'The Staller'."

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