As one of Sailor Malan's Tigers, a Spitfire dominated Bob Spurdle's WWII flying career with 74 Squadron. Impatient to fly and a rebel against blind officialdom, he wangled one operational posting after another, and was still in action in August 1945. In the meantime he had destroyed eight enemy aircraft, probably four more, and damaged at least 15 others.
After leaving 74 Squadron he flew with both 91 Squadron and the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit before visiting his native New Zealand to fly against the Japanese. Returning to the UK in 1944 as a flight commander in 80 Squadron, he became their Commanding Officer in July of that year.
Latterly he was attached to the 6th Airborne Division for Army Co-operation flying by glider into Germany and then reaching the Elbe by 11th Armored Division tank.
A natural writer, Bob Spurdle vividly expresses the exhilarations and fears of the fighter pilot in action, what it feels like to be jumped by a gaggle of Me109s, coping with the continual pressures of losing friends and of constantly flying in action as part of an elite force on whom the survival of Britain and her allies depended.
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Book Description William Kimber, London, 1986. Hard Back Dust Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Illustrated dust jacket in very good condition and with minimal wear to it. Not price clipped. Contents very clean with several black and white photographs throughout. Clean edges despite some slight discolouration to the top edge. Tight binding. Overall very good; pp249. Bookseller Inventory # 094584
Book Description William Kimber, London, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. first printing; medium 8vo; 249 pages; with 20 plates (49 photos), plus illustrations and maps in the text; hardback: black cloth, top of spine bumped, and a few small stains (coffee splatters?) on page edges (not obtrusive), otherwise a very good used copy in the dust-jacket, which is creased at top of spine, but otherwise very good - not price-clipped. Aviation Bookshop sticker on front endpaper. Bob Spurdle flew throughout the Second World War, firstly as a Spitfire pilot as one of Sailor Malan's Tigers in 74 Squadron, then with 91 Squadron before returning to his native New Zealand to fly against the Japanese. He returned to the UK in 1944 becomming CO of 80 Squadron, and for the last part of the war he was attached to the 6th Airborne Division for Army Co-operation work flying by glider in Germany. His record was 8 enemy aircraft destroyed, possibly 4 more, and 15 others damaged. Bookseller Inventory # 006677
Book Description William Kimber, 1986. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition.. 1st 1986. Slightly better than very good condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. The exhilarations and fears of a fighter pilot expressed vividly by Squadron Leader Bob Spurdle, DFC and Bar. B/w photos. Boards dusty and slightly mottled. Corners bumped. Contents near fine. Wrapper a little edge creased. [S]. Bookseller Inventory # 1604940
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