Bounty Books, new ed., 2011. 320 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Nr.FINE. 1940 found the author flying Spitfires and seeing frantic and distinguished service over Dunkirk. Later, during the dangerous days of the Battle of Britain, he became an ace and was awarded the DFC. Transferred to the Far East as a flight commander, on 10th December 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 ' one that has since become regarded as a classic.