THE WAR DIARIES OF NEVILLE DUKE DSO, OBE, DFC (TWO BARS), AFC, CZECH MILITARY CROSS, 1941-1944.

Franks, Norman, (Ed.).


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Grub Street, 1st ed., 1995. 218 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. Joining the RAF with the crack 92 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill in 1941, Neville Duke joined the air battles over Northern France, often flying as wingman to the legendary ‘Sailor’ Malan – Fighter Command’s top-scoring pilot at that time. Later that year he won the DFC and bar flying P40B Tomahawk fighters with 112 Squadron over North Africa. By 1943 he was flight commander with his old 92 Squadron, which had also become part of the Desert Air Force. Again flying Spitfires he was awarded the DSO at the end of the Tunisian campaign and then given command of 145 Spitfire Squadron in Italy. He returned home in late 1944 the highest scoring pilot (28 scores) in the Mediterranean Theatre. Edited here are Duke’s valuable diaries that he kept almost daily.


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