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This auction is for 1 hard covered book in very good condition. 200 pages
Paid $46 years ago

Portrait of an Air Force - The Royal New Zealand Air Force 1937-1987
by Geoffrey Bently, Maurice Conly

The RNZAF story begins with the pioneering efforts of a handful of post-World War One flying enthusiasts, with the formation of the Kohimarama and Sockburn flying schools and with the years of indifference when lack of government interest hampered the growth of military aviation.

Portrait of An Air Force goes on to tell of the modest expansion programme launched in 1937 by Ralph Cochrane, the first RNZAF Chief of Air Staff, and the rapid development forced by the advent of the Second World War. Geoffrey Bentley describes the achievements of No. 75 (NZ) Bomber Squadron, the New Zealand Spitfire Squadron and the other RNZAF dominated RAF units. He also traces the RNZAF involvement in the South-West Pacific campaign and relates the heroic last stand of a New Zealand squadron of the RAF at the fall of Singapore. The postwar period is dealt with in equal detail.

The readable, well-researched text is complemented by a wealth of photographs, magnificent oil paintings and superb charcoal drawings. Informative appendices list squadrons, Chiefs of Air Staff and types of aircraft, and clear maps add to the book's interest and appeal.

As you can see in the photo I have a lot of books to sell. Most of them are in very good condition for there age, my dad never got to read them all. There are many interesting rare war and plane books needing a new home.

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  • Seller location: Lower Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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