With more than 10,000 hours of flying in over 100 different types of aircraft, John Nesbitt-Dufort had a varied and unusual career as a pilot and instructor in the RAF and with civil airlines. Commissioned in 1930 he was, on completion of his flying training, posted to the celebrated No 25 (Fighter) Squadron at Hawkinge. Five years later he joined the De havilland School of Flying, and several of the 120 pupils he taught to fly became famous Battle of Britain pilots. At the outbreak of World War II, Nesbitt-Dufort was frustrated not to be in action but found his services much in demand at RAF flying training schools before he was posted to operational duties, first with a Night Intruder squadron and then with Special Duty squadrons. His experiences flying agents in and out of Occupied France on cloak and dagger missions form a vivid and exciting part of this narrative. Later in the war he returned to test-flying and Night Fighters, finishing his second stint in the RAF commanding a mixed Spitfire-Mosquito Wing in Norway. The last six years of his flying career were spent, hardly less excitingly, in the Middle East as a captain on four-engined freighter aircraft.
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Book Description London: Jarrolds, 1973. First edition. Plates. 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches), 184-pages. Original cloth; very good indeed in like dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 14984
Book Description Jarrolds, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition; First Printing. Clean hardback tightly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles, cloth has minor rubbing at corners, no inscriptions. 184 pages, 23 illustrations on plates, 1 figure in the text, index. Bookseller Inventory # 45551