Halifax : An Illustrated History of a Classic World War II Bomber (inscribed by a wartime rear gunner with, loosely inserted, his signed photo. next to the aircraft)
First Edition; This copy is inscribed on the reverse of the title page by a wartime rear gunner who flew 37 operations in 1944 for RAF 578 Squadron & also includes his signed photo. pictured standing next to the aircraft. Illustrated end-papers showing b/w. cutout drawing of the aircraft; The Lancaster may well have been a better heavy bomber than the Halifax yet it was nothing like as versatile nor as robust. Indeed the total contribution to the war effort of the Halifax, with its multifarious roles, probably exceeded that of the over-specialised Lancaster. In this book the author attempts to put the record straight. He argues that the Halifax suffered an initial defect that was accepted as a justifiable risk in those desperate days when the whole future of Bomber Command's meagre force of "heavies" combined with that initial fault to cause losses that might otherwise not have occurred; at least not in the same proportion. The result was a bad reputation that lingered long after it had ceased to be in any way true.
Large Octavo; Dust Jacket un-clipped in archive acetate film protection; Includes appendices.
Author K. A. Merrick
Binding Hardcover (Original Brown Cloth) Gilt titles spine
Publisher Ian Allan
Illustrator illustrated by numerous b/w. photo's.
Condition Near Fine