George Newnes, 1st ed., 1944. Viii + 164 pp., 111 photo-ills., & diagrams. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Tape to edges & front of d.j., ; half of f.f.e.p., (blank) lacking ; owner’s details to front e.p., (blank) o/w V.G. 5 pages of ephemera (some extracts) tipped-in and possibly all relating to a six-week Hawker Siddeley training course. This contemporary Second World War flight mechanics handbook opens with a chapter outlining the duties of the flight mechanic. Succeeding chapters detail these duties as follows, explaining the reason for and operation of the various components and accessories which made up the aircraft of the day : Routine of Maintenance ; Books, Forms and Records ; Refuelling and Topping-Up ; Coolants, Engine Oils and Lubricants ; Engines and Propellers ; Engine Instruments, and Controls in Engine and Propeller ; Cockpit and Control Systems ; Fuel and Oil Systems ; Hydraulics ; Landing Gear, Wheels and Brakes ; Aircraft Electrical Equipment ; Care of Airframe ; Engine Starting and Taxi-ing ; The Routine of Flying ; Care and Maintenance of Ground Equipment ; Inspection. Illustrated with 111 photographs and diagrams.