Published privately by the author in 1996, 26 pages. A4 size spiral bound booklet (S7255WSO)
In this book the author provides an account of some of his training to become a naval pilot during the Second World War, including his torpedo dropping and deck landing training before moving to an operational squadron...
During the war Alan volunteered to be a pilot for the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, and as there wasn't enough space in Britain to train all the volunteers coming through, the 'Empire Air Training Scheme' was established, allowing RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilots to go to the far flung places of the British Empire to learn how to fly. After doing basic training, Alan was then shipped off to Canada (and he records this first part of his training in the first volume of his war experiences, titled The Great Adventure).
From Alan's foreword: After I had written 'The Great Adventure' I thought that I would write about the final part of our training, the Naval Air Torpedo School and the Deck Landing School, which the Royal Navy undertook to make us ready for our operational squadrons, and the account of this training forms this book. My account is written with the help of my logbooks, a map, a guidebook, and of course my memory....
The book includes several pages of printed black and white photographs
Condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has some minor scuffs and blemishes, and some light nibbling and wear along the edges, but the spiral binding is tight and intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note that this book was privately produced, and so lacks the 'finish' of proffessional publications (but this in no way detracts from its fascinating contents!)