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FROM DOGFIGHT TO DIPLOMACY : A Spitfire Pilot's Log 1932-1958

MacDonell, Donald

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ISBN 10: 1848841981 / ISBN 13: 9781848841987
Published by Pen & Sword Aviation, Barnsley, 2009
Used Condition: As New Soft cover
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354pp. Ilstd. with b/w plts. Following service in the Mediterranean on secondment to the Fleet Air Arm, Donald MacDonell won his DFC as a Spitfire Squadron Leader in the Battle of Britain. Shot down over the Channel, rescued by U-boat, he endured 4 years in POW camps and was involved in the 'Wooden Horse' escape. This Scottish Clan Chief's later RAF career included Chief Flying Instructor at RAF Cranwell and British Air Attache in cold war Moscow. Publishers pictorial laminated card covers. [ALL BOOKS HAS BEEN ESTABLISED SINCE 1969. Every book we advertise for sale we have in stock]. (af). Bookseller Inventory # 027019

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Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation, Barnsley

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Republished in This Format

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MacDonell's service career began in the 1930s. Shortly before the war he became a Squadron Leader and worked at the Air Ministry during the Phoney War. When hostilities commenced he became CO of No 64 Squadron, carrying out convoy support operations and eventually fighting in the Battle of Britain. Awarded a DFC, he was given command of a squadron at Leconfield to train urgently required pilots. Eventually he was shot down over the English Channel and rescued by a U-boat, this resulted in a lengthy period as a PoW in camps throughout enemy occupied Europe and Germany. During this period he was involved with the famous 'Wooden Horse' escape and was eventually freed by advancing Russian troops. Upon his return to the UK he was promoted Wing Commander and worked on the Cabinet Office staff before moving to Headquarters Flying Training Command. He was then appointed Chief Flying Instructor at Cranwell before successfully applying for the post of British Air Attaché in Moscow.

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Aeneas Ranald Donald MacDonell, 22nd Chief of Glengarry and 12th Titular Lord MacDonell and Aros, was born in 1913 in Baku, Southern Russia, where his father, the 21st Chief, was the British Vice Consul. As an infant, his mother brought him to England to live with his paternal grandmother. Donald's mother's brothers were both military men and it was his Uncle 'Jacko', who had served in the Royal Flying Corps, who wa

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