In the Air

Books featuring the exploits of those who flew in aircraft of all kinds during the Second World War


RAF history
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60 Aviation Experiences

edited by Jack Burgess
80+ years of aviation recalled by members of the Aircrew Association
RAF and aviation history
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60 More Aviation Experiences

by Jack Burgess et al
Another collection of true stories by members of the Aircrew Association
RAF history
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619 : The History of a Forgotten Squadron

by Bryan Clark


The rediscovered history of a WW2 bomber squadron
RAF memoir
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A Bird Over Berlin

by Tony Bird DFC


Experiences of a 61 Squadron Lancaster pilot who later became a POW at Stalag Luft III 
RAF memoir
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A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race

by Cy Grant
The wartime experiences of a West Indian officer in the RAF
Poetry/humour
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A Pilot's Notes

by Ian Rae


Poems of a World War 2 Royal Air Force Flying Instructor
RAF memoir
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A Virginian in Best Blue

by Parke F Smith


An American pilot's experiences in the RAF 1942-46
RAF memoir
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Adventures on the Infinite Highway

by Peter Rivington


The airborne experiences of an RAF and airline pilot 1938-62
military history WW2 / pets
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Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions

by Colin Pateman
An illustrated account of the various animals kept as pets and mascots by wartime airmen
USAF history
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Baggy Pants & Warm Beer

by Peter Outridge
An illustrated account of the eventful six-months in 1944 when 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the US 82nd Airborne Division was stationed in Leicestershire
RAF/aviation memoir
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Beaufighters BOAC & Me

by Sam Wright


Experiences of a 254 Squadron Beaufighter navigator during WW2 and postwar with BOAC
RAF biography
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Brief Sweet Life

by Glen Rose


The wartime exploits of a 50 Squadron Lancaster crew
RAF biography
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Carried on the Wind

by Sean Feast


The wartime exploits of a Special Duties Operator with 101 Squadron
RAF biography
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Chocks Away!

by Wing Commander John Leighton Beck DFC*
The memoirs and letters of  a WW2 bomber pilot with 214 and 159 Squadrons
RAF/aviation memoir
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Circuits and Bumps

by Gerhard Heilig
An aviator's progress from bombers to airliners with the RAF and commercial airlines 1944-65
RAF memoir
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Circuses, Beats and Blenheims

by Gordon Shackleton
Memoirs of a World War II Blenheim pilot who flew with 114 Squadron RAF
RAF memoir
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Coastal Command Pilot

by Ted Rayner


WW2 experiences of a Hudson pilot with 269 Squadron in Norway, Iceland and Greenand
RAF / WW2 memoir
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Corkscrew to Safety

by Thomas G Quinlan
A Lancaster tail-gunner’s tour with 103 Squadron RAF 1944/5
RAF biography
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Fly High - Fly Low

by Eric Morgan


The three remarkable aviation careers of Leslie R Colquhoun DFC, GM, DFM - WW2  Reconnaissance Pilot; Supermarine Test Pilot and Vickers Hovercraft Pioneer
Biography/World War II history
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Flying Boats, Fathers & Fate

by Trevor Richter
A tale of two RAF pilots in the Far East during World War IIand the remarkable coincidence that connected them
historical fiction
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For Freedom and Honour

by James R.S. Black
A historical novel set in World War Two following the fortunes of an RAF Spitfire pilot from Perthshire in Scotland
RAF memoir
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From 1 to 1000 Horsepower

by Fergus Davidson


Experiences of a Scottish WW2 fighter pilot with 534, 91 and 229 Squadrons of the RAF
RAF memoir
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From Fiji to Balkan Skies

by Dennis McCaig


The WW2 experiences of a 249 Squadron Spitfire/Mustang pilot 1943/4
Autobiography / WW2
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From Ypres to Georgetown

by Bob Simmons (with Sheryl Sinclair)
An Englishman’s adventures in Europe & the Far East during World War II& postwar career in Television
RAF biography
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Gunnery Leader

by Tom Williams
The WW2 achievements of Wing Cdr Ken Bastin DFC
Autobiography / WW2 RAF
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How I Became a Pathfinder Navigator

by Peter D Saville
My aircrew training and subsequent activities with No.35 Squadron RAF during and after World War II
RAF memoir
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In The Nick of Time

by Nick Berryman


The experiences of an RAF pilot with 276 (Air Sea Rescue) Squadron in WW2
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Just a Survivor

by Phil Potts


The WW2 experiences of a 103 Squadron Lancaster navigator who later became a POW at Stalag Luft 7
RAF biography
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Lance On High

by Humphrey Wynn


The wartime exploits of Wing Commander Lance C Wade DSO DFC ~ a Texan Spitfire pilot in the RAF
RAF memoir
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Looking Backwards Over Burma

by Dennis Spencer DFC
A former Beaufighter navigator with 211 Squadron RAF recalls his full tour of duty on ops over Burma and Thailand in 1944/5
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Lost In Training

by Harry Green 
By charting the final hours of a single Lancaster and its crew, this book pays tribute to the thousands of young RAF airmen killed during aircrew training in World War II
RAF in WW2
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Love is in the Air

edited by Jeff Pack


The revealing wartime letters and memories of an RAF pilot and his WAAF officer fiancée
WW2 memoirs
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Malta Remembered

edited by Frank Rixon
A collection of stories about the George Cross Island of Malta contributed by military personnel who served there during World War 2
RAF memoir
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Memoirs of a Goldfish

by Jim Burtt-Smith


The WW2 exploits of a 115 Squadron Wellington pilot who was later a POW at Stalag Luft 8b Lamsdorf
RAF memoir
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Of Ploughs, Planes & Palliasses

by Percy Wilson Carruthers


WW2 experiences of a 223 Sqn DAF Baltimore pilot in North Africa and then as a POW at Stalag Lufts 1 & 6
RAF/aviation memoir
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On Laughter-Silvered Wings

by Howard A Hughes
Entertaining biography of charismatic Irish aviator Paddy Kirkwood ~ a WW2 bomber pilot and postwar airline captain with BEA
RAF biography
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One of Butch's Boys

by Philip Turner


The wartime exploits of a Bomber Command Navigator with 218 Squadron
World War II memoir
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Operation Ladbroke From Dream to Disaster

by Alec Waldron


A first hand account of the planning, execution and ultimate failure of the glider assault on Sicily in July 1943
RAF memoir
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Over Hell and High Water

by Leslie Parsons


The author's two full tours as an RAF navigator in WW2 ~ with 622 Sqn in the UK and 99 Sqn in SE Asia
World War II memoir
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Pacifist to Glider Pilot

by Alec Waldron


Engaging account of a  founder member of the Glider Pilot Regiment who participated in the airborne assaults at Sicily and Arnhem in WW2
RAF memoir
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Pathfinder Force Balkans

by Geoff Curtis


WW2 exploits of a 614 (Pathfinder) squadron flight engineer in the air and as a POW in Hungary
RAF memoir
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People, Planes & Providence

by Ian Roxburgh


Former RAF pilot recalls flying many of the most famous aircraft of the 40s and 50s
RAF memoir
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Per Ardua Pro Patria

by Dennis Wiltshire


The traumatic experiences of an RAF airman in WW2
RAF biography
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Railway to Runway

by Leslie Harris


How the wartime journal of an RAF navigator killed in WW2 revealed a family secret kept hidden for 40 years...
RAF biography
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The Elephant On My Wing

by Peter A Wright
The WW2 exploits of a 211 Squadron Blenheim pilot subsequently a POW and successful escapee
World War II mystery
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The Exbury Junkers: A WW2 Mystery

by John Stanley


Curious tale of a lone German Ju188 aircraft shot down at Exbury in 1944 under mysterious circumstances
RAF memoir
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The Long Haul

by William Bloxham
An aviator's memories of WW2 138 (Special Duties) Squadron and as a POW
RAF memoir
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The RAF and Me

by Gordon Frost


Experiences of a former Stirling navigator with 570 Squadron at RAF Harwell during WW2
RAF memoir
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Un Grand Bordel

by Norman Lee & Geoffrey French


A 428 Sqn air gunner's adventures with the Maquis and US Special Forces after being shot down
RAF History
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Under the Red Eagle

by Frank Pearce


A personal perspective on the activities of 239 Wing of the Desert Air Force in North Africa and Italy 1942-45
RAF memoirs
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Well, You Wanted to Fly!

edited by Jack Burgess
Aviation tales contributed by members of the Aircrew Association
RAF memoir
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While Others Slept

by Eric Woods


An RAF observer/navigator's experiences with 106 Squadron, 144 Squadron and 61 Squadron during World War Two 1940/41
Autobiography/aviation history
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Will We Fly Above Those Clouds?

by Michael P Sutton
A pilot's varied experiences with the RN Fleet Air Arm, De Havilland, JC Bamford, Lear Jet and Dassault 1943-73
RAF memoir
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Wings Without Weapons

by Humphrey Wynn


Memoirs of a ferry pilot with RAF Transport Command in Africa, the Middle East and India during World War 2
RAF History
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Wot? No Engines?

by Alan Cooper


First-hand accounts from airborne participants in Operation 'Varsity' ~ the Rhine crossing of March 1945