Maggs Bros Ltd

Full Circle. The Story of Air Fighting.

JOHNSON Air Vice Marshal J.E. (1964.)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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Illustrations by David Shepherd. First edition. 8vo., cloth, pictorial dust jacket. London, Chatto and Windus.

A presentation copy, inscribed to Laddie Lucas on the front free endpaper 'Laddie. All good wishes Johnnie Johnson 28. Sep. 89', with the ownership inscription 'P.B Lucas' to the front pastedown with his address.

Johnson was the Allies top scoring fighter ace of the Second World War. He missed the Battle of Britain while undergoing surgery for a damaged shoulder, but made up for lost time thereafter, flying a total of 515 sorties, shooting down 34 German aircraft, sharing in seven additional kills, and also could claim three probables, ten damaged, and one destroyed on the ground. He remained in the RAF after the war, and served with the US Air Force during the Korean War, flying fighter jets.

Laddie Lucas was a fellow fighter ace in the war, performing miracles against huge odds in the defence of Malta in 1942. Johnson and Lucas were great friends, and collaborated on three books. Johnson said Lucas "I do not think I have ever met a finer Englishman. He had tremendous qualities of goodness, leadership and character. Everything Laddie did he did well."

A fine copy.

Stock Code: 222439