There Shall be Wings (Signed copy)
RAF history, signed by Lancaster bomber pilot who was sent to Stalag Luft III, the Great Escape camp
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, 412pp.
This copy has been signed and dedicated by Max Arthur to the title page to Henry Leslie Shackleton (who has signed the front pastedown). Henry Shackleton was part of a Lancaster bomber's crew in the Second World War. On 31st January 1944, he was shot down over Berlin. He managed to stay on the run for three days but was eventually caught and sent to Stalag Luft III, the camp of Great Escape fame.
This volume is an oral history of the Royal Air Force from 1918 to the present day, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the youngest of the three British armed services. With the inclusion of eye-witness accounts, it records the role of the RAF in World War II, and, particularly, the Battle of Britain and the desert battles of North Africa, as well as in the Falklands and in the Gulf War. Through original interviews with air and ground crew, the spirit and comradeship, the stress, courage, isolation, vulnerability and the wonderment of the wartime flying experience is explored.
Good readable condition, but with foxing to the page edges and light bumping to the wrapper.