Rolls, Flight Lieutenant W. T.


Kimber, 1st ed., 1987. 232 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Very slight fading to red title on d.j., spine (typical) o/w FINE. The Spitfire memoirs of Bill Rolls are unusual in that some are of a sergeant pilot, one of the often unsung heroes who shared the same dangers as the commissioned officers. During his operational career he shot down 17 enemy aircraft and here tells the story of what it was like to be a Spitfire pilot ' not just the dogfights and the combat hours but what life was like off duty as well. With 72 Squadron at Biggin Hill in the Battle of Britain, he was later posted to Grangemouth teaching young Polish pilots to fly Spitfires. He was at Hornchurch with 122 (Bombay) Squadron when he received his commission and from there was posted to Malta during some of its worst days, including giving flying cover for the last stages of Operation Pedestal. By the time he was posted home the author had flown over 400 hours in Spitfires. He was awarded the DFM in November 1940 for shooting down six enemy aircraft and in Malta he was awarded the DFC.

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