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To Scale the Skies : The Story of Group Captain J.C. 'Johnny' Wells DFC and BAR - Peter Cornwell

To Scale the Skies

The Story of Group Captain J.C. 'Johnny' Wells DFC and BAR


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With humble beginnings as an RAF apprentice, Johnny Wells progressed to pilot and rose to the higher echelons of command at the Air Ministry.

From idyllic pre-war training, he would fly bombers against rebels over Iraq, combat Fw190s over England in the newly introduced and equally dangerous Typhoon; he would undertake hazardous low-level anti-shipping strikes in the English Channel, as well as train-busting sorties over occupied territory at night and close-support ground-attack operations across northern Europe following D-Day. Indeed, Wells ended the Second World War as one of the most successful and highly decorated Typhoon Wing Leaders in the Tactical Air Force.

This well-researched account of one man's rise through the ranks of the Air Ministry is finely illustrated with contemporary images and is an excellent testimony of what was required of air pilots during the Second World War. Wells' story is both an inspiration and a gripping account of one man's journey through a service career spanning more than three turbulent decades.

About the Author

Peter Cornwell has made a close study of the 1939-45 air war for more than 40 years, his first published work appearing in 1966. Since then, he has been the co-author/contributor to more than 20 books on the subject, but is probably best known for compiling the detailed aircraft loss lists for the ground-breaking Battle of Britain Then and Now and The Blitz Then and Now. His latest work is The Battle of France Then and Now.


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From RAF Apprentice to Fighter Pilot.

By Scotty.

from Melbourne. Au

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  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    Comments about To Scale the Skies:

    Basicall the life story of a rare breed.
    From RAF Apprentic, and how well they were trained, to Typhoon Pilot and Group Captain. Active servive started in the Middle East and of course through the Second World War.
    Activities in the Middle East prior to 1939 seem to have a familiar ring to them currently.

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    Abbreviationsp. 7
    Introductionp. 9
    Sheringham Shannocksp. 11
    Trenchard Bratp. 18
    Bircham Newtonp. 30
    Tyro Pilotp. 41
    Middle East Air Forcep. 47
    On Active Servicep. 55
    Target Towingp. 71
    Flying Instructorp. 79
    Spitfire Pilotp. 88
    Duxford Typhoon Wingp. 93
    Frontline Manstonp. 122
    'Display' Leaderp. 149
    Staff Wallahp. 164
    Typhoon Wing Leaderp. 172
    Peacetime Commandp. 190
    RAF Guterslohp. 194
    Station Commanderp. 198
    Baghdadp. 201
    Epiloguep. 209
    Aircraft Flownp. 211
    No 84 Group 2TAFp. 215
    Bibliographyp. 216
    Indexp. 217
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    ISBN: 9780752463537
    ISBN-10: 0752463535
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 223
    Published: 1st September 2011
    Publisher: The History Press Ltd
    Dimensions (cm): 23.114 x 15.494  x 1.778
    Weight (kg): 0.399