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Buffaloes over Singapore: Raf, Raaf, Rnzaf and Dutch Brester Fighters in Action over Malaya and the East Indies 1941-1942
by Brian Cull, Paul Sortehaug, Mark Haselden
Hardcover from Grub Street the Basement
Book Published: July, 2003

British Air Forces 1914-18 (Men-At-Arms, 351)
by Andrew Cormack, Peter Cormack (Illustrator)
Listed under WWI Uniforms

Battle of Britain
by Len Deighton & Max Hastings
Listed under Battle of Britain

The Berlin Raids : RAF Bomber Command Winter 1943-44
by Martin Middlebrook
Paperback - 407 pages (November 2000)
Cassell Academic; ISBN: 0304353477

Bomber Squadrons at War : Nos. 57 and 630 Squadrons
by Geoff D. Copeman
Incorporating anecdotal material from former squadron members, this lively narrative history is fully illustrated and supported by a series of detailed appendices. Covers WW1 & WW2.
Hardcover - 160 pages (April 1998)
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750917105

British Naval Aviation : The Fleet Air Arm, 1917-1990
Ray Sturtivant
Hardcover / Published 1990

Display Pilot : Flying the RAF's Combat Aircraft
by Rob Lea 
The diary of a Harrier air-show pilot.
(Paperback - July 1994)
RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1943 v. 4
by W.R. Chorley
Paperback from Midland Publishing
Book Published: May, 2004

Dambusters: The History of 617 Squadron RAF at War
by Chris Ward, Andy Lee, Andreas Wachtel
Hardcover from Red Kite
Book Published: 01 April, 2003

RAF Bomber Command Losses: Operational Training Losses 1940-1947 v. 7
by W.R. Chorley
Paperback from Midland Publishing
Book Published: June, 2002

RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1945 v. 6
by W.R. Chorley
Paperback from Midland Publishing
Book Published: May, 2004

The Lancaster Manual: The Official Air Publication for the Lancaster Mk I and III 1942-1945 (RAF Museum S.)
by Air Ministry
Hardcover from Greenhill Books
Book Published: 01 October, 2003

Hurricanes Over Singapore: RAF, RNZAF and NEI Fighters in Action Against the Japanese Over the Island and the Netherlands East Indies, 1942
by Jerry Parker, Brian Cull, Paul Sortehaug
Hardcover from Grub Street Publishing
Book Published: June, 2004

RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1939-40 v. 1
by W.R. Chorley
Paperback from Midland Publishing
Book Published: 10 December, 1992

RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1942 v. 3
by W.R. Chorley
Paperback from Midland Publishing
Book Published: 01 December, 1994

Hornchurch Scramble: The Definitive Account of the Raf Fighter Airfield, Its Pilots, Groundcrew and Staff from 1915 to the End of the Battle of Britain: Vol 1
by Richard C. Smith
Paperback from Grub Street Publishing
Book Published: 26 November, 2002

The Dam Busters: A British Film Guide
The Dam Busters: A British Film Guide
by John Ramsden
Book Description: An original mix of film analysis and political history, this book examines the political and cinematic significance of The Dam Busters, as both a British institution and a fine war film. A critical and popular success, the film celebrates an image of gutsy ingenuity for the "Brits at war," with the 1943 raid by Lancaster bombers on the dams of Germany's Ruhr region, using the extraordinary "bouncing bomb." Ramsden's fresh and incisive book offers an overall review of the film and its place in history. It convincingly suggests that the film's cultural impact made it difficult to assess the true value of Britain's bombing campaign.
Paperback from I.B. Tauris 
Book Published: 06 December, 2002
Duel of Eagles
Peter Townsend
Paperback - Phoenix Press / 7 December, 2000

Hurricane Aces 1939-40 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces, 18)
by Tony Holmes
Listed under Battle of Britain

Hawker Hurricane
by Peter Jacobs
Hardcover - 192 pages (October 1998)
Crowood Pr; ISBN: 1861261268

In Lands Not My Own
by Reuben Ainsztein
A Polish Jew who escaped the Bliztkreig which engulfed Belgium where he was studying, only to be interned in a Spanish prison for a year before making his way to Britain where he joined the RAF as bomber crew. Highly recommended. Db.
(Hardcover -- June 4, 2002)

The Last Enemy
Richard Hillary
One of the greatest books of the Second World War, highly recommended.

Listed under Battle of Britain

The RAF in Camera 1939-1945 : Archive Photographs from the Public Record Office and the Ministry of Defence
Roy Conyers Nesbit, et al
Book Description: The second volume in this unique series, now in paperback, offers more than 200 rare and previously unpublished photographs of the vast range of offensive, defensive and ground-based operation s in which the Royal Air Force was involved during World War II.
Paperback - 192 pages (August 1997)
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750915218
Special Order
The RAF in Camera 1903-1939 : Archive Photographs from the Public Record Office and the Ministry of Defence
Roy Conyers Nesbit, Oliver Hoare
Paperback / Published 1997
Special Order
The RAF in Camera, 1946-1995
Roy Conyers Nesbit
Hardcover (August 1997)
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750910569
Delivery sometimes delayed.

RAF Wings Over Florida : Memories of World War II British Air Cadets
by Willard Largent, et al
Hardcover - 256 pages 0 edition (October 2000)
Purdue University Press; ISBN: 1557532036

RAF Frontline : The Royal Air Force - Defending the Realm
by John M. Dibbs (Photographer), et al
Air to Air photography of the modern RAF
Hardcover - 144 pages (August 1999)
Airlife Pub Ltd; ISBN: 1853108847

The Royal Air Force 1939-1945
Chaz Bowyer
Paperback - 132 pages (February 1997)
ISBN: 0850525284

The Royal Air Force, 1939-45 (Men-At-Arms, No 225)
Andrew Cormack, et al
Paperback / Published 1990

High Endeavour : The Life of Air Chief Marshal Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman
Jack Ivelaw Chapman, Jack Ivelaw-Chapman
Hardcover / Published 1997 

The Fleet Air Arm in Camera, 1912-1996; Archive Photographs from the Public Record Office and the Fleet Air Arm Museum
Roger Hayward
Hardcover / Published 1997
A fascinating collection of photographs, some spectacular, all little kown, of Britain's Fleet Air Arm, each fully researched and captioned in detail. 

V-Bombers; Vulcan, Victor and Valiant;  Britian's Airborne Nuclear Deterrent
by Tim Laming
(Hardcover - May 1997)

Forged in War : A History of RAF Transport Command
Humphrey Wynn
Hardcover / Published 1996
Special Order

Reach for the Sky
by Paul Brickhill
A shiver ran down my spine when I read the first words of a review at the Amazon site: "I sent my dog-eared copy of Reach for the Sky to a legless hero ...". I had given my own copy to Triple Pete whilst he was still in hospital recovering from the most horrific accident. This book is required reading for those interested in aviation, the Battle of Britain ... and the human condition. It's the story of Douglas Bader, a young man who lost both legs in an aircraft accident shortly before the war, who bullied his way into the RAF despite stiff opposition, who went on to become an ace pilot and a wing commander and who finished the war in the infamous Stalag 13, a prison for recalcitrant escapees. 
Library Binding - 346 pages (December 1999)
Buccaneer Books; ISBN: 0899669107

The Remorseless Road: Singapore to Nagasaki (Airlife Classics)
by James McEwan
(Paperback - July 2002)
Book Description: This is the compelling and at times harrowing account of the author's experiences while serving in the RAF during the Second World War. His autobiography recounts his posting to the Far East, where he served alongside those resolute airmen who fought the Japanese against all odds and to the bitter end, the survivors eventually laying down their arms. Then follows his account of the ordeal and humiliation of imprisonment for the last three-and-a-half years of the war. It records events in that momentous conflict in the Far East over fifty years ago-events that should never be forgotten.

The Right of the Line: The Royal Air Force in the European War 1939-1945 (Wordsworth Military Library)
by John Terraine 
The RAF during the European war of 1939-1945
Paperback - Wordsworth Editions Ltd / 27 February, 1998
Special Order

Royal Canadian Airforce at War Nineteen Thirty Nine Nineteen Forty Five
Larry Milberry, Hugh Halliday
Listed under Canada at War

Spitfire MkII Aces 1939-41 (Aircraft of the Aces , No 12)
Alfred Price
Listed under Spitfire Books

Snakes in the Eagle's Nest : A History of Ground Attacks on Air Bases
Alan Vick 
Details three case studies: Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) on Crete, the German Luftwaffe in North Africa and the USAF in Vietnam. 
Paperback - 189 pages (October 1995)
Rand Corporation; ISBN: 0833016296
Special Order

RAF Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War : 1942-1943
by Normal L. R. Franks
Paperback Vol 2 (October 1998)
Aerofax Midland Pub Ltd; ISBN: 1857800753
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Enemy Coast Ahead - Guy Gibson
Guy Gibson VC led the 617 Squadron's Lancasters on the Dambusters mission.
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"The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen, who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 20th August, 1940
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