ENEMY COAST AHEAD

First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Photographic endpapers and studio portrait frontispiece by Gordon Anthony. A very good copy, the binding square and firm, the extremities a little rubbed. The contents, with a long gift inscription to the distinguished master bomber of the Pathfinder Force, Air Commodore Peter Cribb on the front endpaper are otherwise clean throughout. Very light spotting to the closed text block edge. Complete with the rubbed and creased original dustwrapper which has a few short closed tears to the edges and has a piece of tape that runs all the way across the inside top edge. Not price clipped (12/6 net to the front flap). Scarce in first edition.

Wing Commander Guy Gibson's own account of his experiences in Bomber Command throughout the Second World War including the legendary "Dambusters" raid, ranging from the hazards of bombing to the daily life of a bomber on and off duty. He completed over 170 war operations before dying in action at the age of 26 on 19 September 1944. This copy was gifted to Air Commodore Peter Cribb by his proud mother shortly after publication. During the war he flew over 100 raids (officially), commanded a Pathfinder squadron and served as master bomber during and after the Normandy invasion. He was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Order and retired a Commander of the British Empire in 1966.

Stock code: 21396

£325

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Published:

London: Michael Joseph.
1946

Category

Modern First Editions
Non-fiction
History / Military
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