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To scale the skies : the story of Group Captain J.C. 'Johnny' Wells DFC & Bar /
Peter Cornwell.
imprint
Stroud : Spellmount, c2011.
description
223 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0752463535 (Paper), 9780752463537 (Paper)
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imprint
Stroud : Spellmount, c2011.
isbn
0752463535 (Paper)
9780752463537 (Paper)
catalogue key
8238215
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Peter Cornwell has made a close study of the 1939-45 air war for over forty years, his first published work appearing in 1966. Since then, he has been the author and contributor to over twenty books on the subject, including the ground-breaking Battle of Britain Then and Now and The Blitz Then and Now.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
With humble beginnings as an RAF apprentice, Johnny Wells progressed to pilot and rose to the higher echelons of command at the Air Ministry. He ended WWII as one of the most highly decorated and successful Typhoon Wing Leaders in the Tactical Air Force. This is an account of a service career spanning more than three turbulent decades.
Main Description
With humble beginnings as an RAF apprentice, Johnny Wells progressed to pilot and rose to the higher echelons of command at the Air Ministry. From idyllic pre-war training, he would fly bombers against rebels over Iraq, combat Fw190s over England in the newly introduced and equally dangerous Typhoon; he would undertake hazardous low-level anti-shipping strikes in the English Channel, as well as train-busting sorties over occupied territory at night and close-support ground-attack operations across northern Europe following D-Day. Indeed, Wells ended the Second World War as one of the most successful and highly decorated Typhoon Wing Leaders in the Tactical Air Force. This well-researched account of one man's rise through the ranks of the Air Ministry is finely illustrated with contemporary images and is an excellent testimony of what was required of air pilots during the Second World War. Wells' story is both an inspiration and a gripping account of one man's journey through a service career spanning more than three turbulent decades.
Main Description
To scale the skies
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Sheringham Shannocksp. 11
Trenchard Bratp. 18
Bircham Newtonp. 30
Tyro Pilotp. 41
Middle East Air Forcep. 47
On Active Servicep. 55
Target Towingp. 71
Flying Instructorp. 79
Spitfire Pilotp. 88
Duxford Typhoon Wingp. 93
Frontline Manstonp. 122
'Display' Leaderp. 149
Staff Wallahp. 164
Typhoon Wing Leaderp. 172
Peacetime Commandp. 190
RAF Guterslohp. 194
Station Commanderp. 198
Baghdadp. 201
Epiloguep. 209
Aircraft Flownp. 211
No 84 Group 2TAFp. 215
Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 217
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