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by Colin Downes

eBook By the Skin of my Teeth: The Memoirs of an RAF Mustang Pilot in World War II and of Flying Sabres with USAF in Korea download ISBN: 1844152979
Author: Colin Downes
Publisher: Pen and Sword; First Edition edition (January 25, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1698 kb
Fb2: 1280 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Biography
Subcategory: Leaders and Notable People

The two world wars produced poetry of high quality and two poets in particular stand out in my memory.

The two world wars produced poetry of high quality and two poets in particular stand out in my memory. In the First World War a Canadian medical officer, John McCrae, wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’ while serving at a dressing-station during the second Ypres Offensive in 1915. After demobilization in 1919 this avuncular friend of my father continued flying and joined a major petroleum company and flew the company’s DH Hornet Moth around the country to air displays and racing car meetings. He owned a diminutive, single seat Comper Swift, powered by a 70 hp Pobjoy engine. He knew Comper while in the RFC during the First World War, and he flew the Swift in air races.

Author Colin Downes did well to include a very brief HOTAS description of all the most interesting world famous piston and jet fighters of. .I started reading this sort of memoir following the death of my uncle, a ww2 bomber pilot

I started reading this sort of memoir following the death of my uncle, a ww2 bomber pilot. I wanted to know more about what he had done and how he had lived than he was prepared to pass on in his lifetime. Colin Downes' book is the best of the many I have thus far read.

Better than most any pilots flying career of the forties fifties and sixties. Ex service pilots will find like me impossible not to read none stop. A superb pilot with more than nine lives his service flying could not be achieved in today's service flying career. brian arrowsmith rated it it was amazing Feb 15, 2016. Terry Woolard rated it it was amazing Apr 17, 2017. David Holl rated it really liked it Mar 05, 2018. Ron Brooks rated it it was amazing Sep 29, 2015. Frank Phillips rated it liked it Aug 01, 2018.

This is a memoir of flying with the Royal Air Force in war and peace during a career in military and civil aviation covering a half century. Part One covers the years leading to the author's graduation and the winning of his RAF Wings. The text is filled with personal experiences, reminiscences and impressions and is written in four parts. Part One covers the years leading to the author's graduation and the winning of his RAF Wings

Colin Downes has contributed to previously published books such as Brian Cull's With the Yanks in Korea . In addition he has published some 'flying anecdotes' in Aeroplane Monthly. He now lives in British Colombia.

Colin Downes has contributed to previously published books such as Brian Cull's With the Yanks in Korea, One-armed Mac and Blue on Blue published by Grub Street.

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Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. By the Skin of My Teeth: Flying RAF Spitfires and Mustangs in World War II And USAF Sabre Jets in the Korean War. Downes Colin Walker. File: EPUB, . 6 MB. 2. The text is filled with personal experiences, reminiscences and impressions and is written in four parts

This is a memoir of flying with the Royal Air Force in war and peace during a career in military and civil aviation covering a half century.

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Book information: Year: 2006. Author: Colin Downes The final chapter covers the remainder of his RAF Service flying until retirement. Author: Colin Downes. This is a memoir of flying with the Royal Air Force in war and peace during a career in military and civil aviation covering a half century. Part One covers the years leading to the author’s graduation and the winning of his RAF Wings. The final chapter covers the remainder of his RAF Service flying until retirement.

The Memoirs of an RAF Mustang Pilot in World War II and of Flying Sabres with USAF in Korea. This is followed by action-packed stories of flying propeller-driven fighters, Spitfires and Mustangs, during and just after the Second World War.

This is a memoir of flying with the Royal Air Force in war and peace during a career in military and civil aviation covering a half century. The text is filled with personal experiences, reminiscences and impressions and is written in four parts. Part One covers the years leading to the author's graduation and the winning of his RAF Wings. This is followed by action-packed stories of flying propeller-driven fighters, Spitfires and Mustangs, during and just after the Second World War. The author then tells of his unique experiences of front-line fighter operations when he flew jets with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. The final chapter covers the remainder of his RAF Service flying until retirement.
Comments: (7)
Ahieones
A very interesting tale by a (noticeably literary) British pilot who flew fighters of both American and British make in WW2 and Korea and then stayed on to experience the emerging breed of jet fighters with his colleagues from both nations. There are plenty of dangerous and exciting missions, including realistic visualisations of the NATO-inspired culture among combat aircrew of the Cold War. Author Colin Downes did well to include a very brief HOTAS description of all the most interesting world famous piston and jet fighters of the 1944-1966 that he flew (the Mustang, Spitfire,
F-86, Hunter for example), in a language that avoids technicalities. What I found additionally valuable (because of his solid facts and insight) was the author’s embedded sidebars on important major world crises that his generation experienced during the years that span this book: the strategic bombing campaign, the nuclear strikes on Japan, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Suez Crisis and the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Buy this book if you wish to have a very interesting and smoothly written RAF-USAF fighter-pilot-book on your shelf.
Nilasida
If you like autobiographies by warriors then this is a must 'read'. Its as good as it can get. Born at the right time to experience wood & fabric to supersonic. Its not so much a book about aerial daring-do as it is a book about, timing, skill, luck, and chance. I was fascinated by his comparison of British vs American fighter design and his addressing of post war British jet fighters. There is a lot to learn in this book. As an example, he explains why Sabre's were able to sneak up an a MiG 15's tail despite the fact that the MiG had a bubble canopy... stuff like that.
Dori
This book contains the best descriptions of what it was like to actually fly these historic aircraft that I have ever read. The comparison between spitfire and mustang is especially fascinating. It is a modest, self effacing account, the latter parts dealing with the RAF transition to jet aircraft being just as fascinating as the war time section. In addition, Colin Downes must have been an exceptional pilot to rate instructor duties right after attaining his wings, however desperate the need for instructors at the time.

I started reading this sort of memoir following the death of my uncle, a ww2 bomber pilot. I wanted to know more about what he had done and how he had lived than he was prepared to pass on in his lifetime. Colin Downes' book is the best of the many I have thus far read.
Uaha
A great informative read, written by one of the most experienced aviators of his time has flown many types of military and civilian aircraft, that included single and multi engined, piston and jet propelled, both in war and peacetime. I thoroughly enjoyed the simple yet highly interesting descriptive detail of his exploits , the aircraft that he flew.
Kadar
This book takes the reader from a young man's 15 year old school days thru his retirement. It covers Tiger Moths in training to supersonic fighter jets as the author progresses in his career. A good read for a the technical oriented as well as the author addresses many technical issues in a very readable manner that most folks do not think about. I loved it.
Bralore
I like to read books where pilots describe their experiences. This one has not failed me, it's full of interesting war stories and captures the atmosphere of what it was like to be a fighter pilot. Well recommended!
Daiktilar
I think this is the best book I have ever read.
The experience of the author thru WW2, Korea, Spitfires, Mustangs, early jets.
Absolutely spellbinding you won’t be disappointed.
Very insigtful view of his career of flight and good decriptions of planes and their god and bad charistics in which he flew. This man flew in many conflicts and did sufvive many times by the skin of his teeth, very good read.