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In this enjoyable memoir Joan Blackburn looks back on the four eventful years she spent in the RAF from 1959-1963. Originally written in 1964, while the events described were still fresh in her mind, it is an evocative snapshot of the time that will be greatly enjoyed by anyone who served in the RAF during those years ~ and particularly by former female personnel who, like Joan, served at RAF Wilmslow, RAF Hereford, RAF Medmenham or RAF Rheindahlen ~ although a military background is by no means essential to enjoy Joan's warm-hearted stories of her youthful adventures in uniform. Her claim to a small piece of RAF history is that she was one of the very first female contingent from the RAF to take part in the 100-mile Nijmegen March in 1962 (prior to this the RAF had forbidden female staff to participate). Her description of the gruelling four-day march and the sense of pride and achievement she and the other RAF girls experienced on completing it is one of the book's highlights. But there are plenty more ~ including many humorous episodes involving a large cast of colourful characters with whom Joan came into contact in the course of her four years in the RAF. A book that will be greatly enjoyed by anyone who served in the RAF in the 50s or 60s but with plenty to appeal to a wider range of readers of all ages.
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Book Description Woodfield Publishing, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Good. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009749797
Book Description Woodfield, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, 2009. Paperback. Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition, First Printing. VG+. First edition, first printing. Paperback. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, without dedication or inscription on title-page. vii,252pp. Illustrated with photographs. A well-written memoir by Joan Blackburn for the years 1959 to 1963: the period when she was in the Women's Royal Air Force. She was stationed at RAF Wilmslow, RAF Hereford, RAF Medmenham, and RAF Rheindahlen. Light corner creasing to corners of covers; else a very good plus copy of a SCARCE first edition, first printing SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 15943
Book Description Woodfield, Bognor Regis, 2010, 2010. Condition: Fine. Second edition. Paperback. Signed by the Author. About fine. Seller Inventory # C115004