Good. No Jacket as Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Pilot narrative of Free French fighter pilot who flew with the RAF for the duration of WW II. 1990 facsimile reprint of 1951 edition. Time-Life Wings of War series. Paper label on front cover scuffed.
This is a very good memoir of RAF service in World War II by a French expatriate. Years ago I read The Flying Sailor by Andre Marius Joseph Jubelin which is perhaps even better. I have also read about but not read The Mouchotte Diaries by Rene Mouchotte. All three of these authors served as pilots with the British after the fall of France. Mouchotte was killed in action in 1943. The other two survived the war and returned to France to continue in public service, Clostermann as a depute and Jubelin as an Admiral. The particular value to the martial historian of these books would be in the ways that they illuminate the British and French characters by bringing the two races together in the same service in the same cause. I expect that serving US officers would likewise benefit insofar as they may be engaged in combined operations.
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