Best Foot Forward.
HODGKINSON Colin.; McINDOE Sir Archibald foreword (1957.)
£80.00 [First Edition]
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Portrait frontispiece, illustrations. First edition. 8vo., cloth, pictorial dust jacket. London, Odhams Press Ltd.
A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to a fellow fighter pilot 'To Laddie, with warm appreciation of all your help + support both in the air + on the ground. As ever Hoppy'. Laddie Lucas was a much decorated wartime fighter pilot, expert golfer, and like Hodgkinson, a post-war Member of Parliament.
Colin Hodgkinson was one of only two legless Second World War fighter pilots, the other being Douglas Bader. Hodgkinson joined the Fleet Air Arm before the war, but soon suffered a bad crash, losing one leg and severely damaging the other, which refused to heal. He was 19 years old when he instructed his doctors "Chop the damn thing off". After much painful hard work he was allowed to rejoin the FAA, but asked to be transferred to the RAF, where for 11 months he flew operationally, before being shot down over France, suffering further facial disfigurement. After some time as a POW he was repatriated as 'unfit for further duty', but in fact did return to flying. After the war he established a successful PR business and was an MP.
Some small fading to the head of the spine, dust jacket likewise nicked and torn, with some small loss.
Stock Code: 222313