View Full Version : Thrilling Veteran's Account of WW2 (Well Worth Supporting)

03-30-2007, 03:13 AM
I got this book recently on Ebay.The author is a WW2 RAF Wellington pilot,still with us but unfortunately in poor health at the moment.Disregarding the fact that this is as good a WW2 aviation book as ANY I have read it is surely worth supporting by any UK -or worlwide - community members.It is being published on a fairly smallscale basis as far as I know and all copies are signed by the author I believe.Delivery is very quick.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ALONE-I-FLY-TRUE-STORY-OF-A-WORLD...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ALONE-I-FLY-TRUE-STORY-OF-A-WORLD-WAR-2-PILOT-SIGNED_W0QQitemZ190096126005QQcategoryZ45127QQssPa geNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

I have had 3 or 4 books on the go in recent weeks that havent really gripped me -all left half read.....This has me gripped firmly and I cant wait to finish it.Trust me on this one ...just buy it!

The author has a website at aloneifly dot com where the book is also available

03-30-2007, 11:10 AM

03-31-2007, 03:08 AM
Just finished it....excellent highly readable style(author was journalist at one stage?)Based in Desert/Malta/UK...Real authentic feel for the period.Despite being a fairly small scale publication quality of cover ,paper etc is top class.The gentleman's unassuming good natured character shines through on every page.Please support this book ...available at aloneifly dot com or ebay link in previous post.

03-31-2007, 10:26 AM
Hi - hope you dont mind an 'outsider' gatecrashing the forum! As you might guess from my username I am the one who sells the book, Alone I Fly, mentioned in the previous posting.
So just to say thanks to ytareh for his kind comments and if it has aroused anyone's interest I can assure you that you wont be disappointed. You can learn more at the web address aloneifly dot com. Thanks for listening!

03-31-2007, 11:09 AM
Hi - hope you dont mind an 'outsider' gatecrashing the forum!

Personally, I am delighted you took the time to post. You are the reason we are here.

03-31-2007, 11:23 AM
Kind of you to say so. Sorry I have misled you. I am not the author who is Bill Bailey - but his son in law. Bill is too old and frail to take on the marketing of his book so it is me who sells it on Ebay and on the website (just listed it again on ebay - alone I fly)
I know what you mean though - without people such as Bill and many others we would not be here. I personally found his story incredible - all the more so since, before he finshed it (only 6 months ago )I knew nothing or very little of what he had to go through.

03-31-2007, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the heads-up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I've ordered my copy today via eBay. The item number is 190098568583 and are available as 'buy it now'.


Best Regards,

03-31-2007, 02:18 PM
Sounds like an excellent account. Will soon be added to my library. If you want one hurry. Ebay said only 3 copies left.


03-31-2007, 03:47 PM
No,there should be enough for everybody just check out aloneifly dot com

03-31-2007, 04:08 PM
Thanks - 3 gone today but dont worry if the 4 copies I have listed are sold. Just contact me anytime via the website aloneiflydotcom where you will find details of how to buy anytime. You dont need to have a paypal account either - payment details on the website.
Much appreciated for the exposure you have given this book!

03-31-2007, 05:18 PM
How is the health of Bill, the author ??

I wish him well and please send thanks from myself and my colleagues for what he contributed towards the fight for freedom during WW2 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Not forgetting the 55,000 members of Bomber Command who gave their lives during WW2 and who sadly cannot recount their experiences http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

And also for what I am sure will be an enjoyable and informative book.

Best Regards,

03-31-2007, 08:00 PM
Bought and paid for .....happily. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
You are most welcome (as far as I am concerned) to market it here, the more people that become aware of the sacrifices made by the hundreds of thousands that endured WWII the better... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

04-01-2007, 05:28 AM
Fantastic how you have all received this! I have 2 more here which I have just listed on ebay. (item no 190098748713) I will now put in an order for more so please if you still want one then email me at ronnie@aloneifly.com with your name and I will contact you when I have a further stock. These will be signed copies if purchased direct from myself. The cost is £6.99 plus postage (£1.90 UK). Or you can use Amazon or indeed ask your bookshop to order it for you. All the details are on the website www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

[quote] How is the health of Bill, the author ?? [/unquote]

He is a fighter - otherwise he would not have survived being shot down on his first mission - he survived in the desert for days using only his ingenuity and determination. He has been beset this past year by heart failure and anemia as well as crippling arthritis. He relies on care support daily but still likes to keep abreast of all the latest technology - just finds it a bit harder to use it now though! He relies on frequent blood transfusions due to a blood disorder. But he continues to amaze us with his determination to overcome his problems.

The book was initially intended as a permanent record of his life in the RAF so that future generations could read it and continue to be reminded of the sacrifices his generation made. He has always been positive of his story and tried early on to find a publisher with no luck. So he spent a fair sum of money having it professionally edited and designed and printed using a print on demand service. From there recently I have been selling on ebay and pushing it wherever I can. We have probably sold just over a hundred now - long way to go to cover costs yet but its very positive and many thanks to this forum for the support I have suddenly found with it.

So thanks again and contact me if you would like a copy.

04-01-2007, 01:29 PM
A worthy 'Bump'...

04-01-2007, 03:25 PM
I,ve got to ask - whats a 'bump'!

04-01-2007, 03:26 PM
Ok dont worry I've got it = good old Wikepedia!

04-01-2007, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by aloneifly:
I,ve got to ask - whats a 'bump'!

It's a learning curve you're on.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

04-02-2007, 03:30 AM

I have linked this thread to another IL2 forum where there are many like minded people:

http://www.simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&...6&page=1#Post2173636 (http://www.simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2173636&page=1#Post2173636)

I hope you don't mind.


04-02-2007, 04:37 AM
Redtoo- thanks a lot fopr spreading the word! If anyone else wants to on other forums thats great.
I have actually also discovered a completely unrelated (or maybe not!) posting on another forum. Its the netwings forum
This is from a reader from Holland who has posted "nice book." At the moment only ytareh from this forum has actually read the book so to get another comment from someone else who has read and bought a copy reinforces his comments.

Still 2 on sale at ebay or check out the website!
All who bought at the weekend should receive their copy tomorrow and I look forward to hearing their comments and reviews here!

04-02-2007, 06:30 AM
Just bought a copy from Ebay - overdose1501 - looking forward to reading it. Only too glad to support a veteran as well.


04-02-2007, 11:21 AM
In the post - look forward to hearing your views!

www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

04-03-2007, 10:01 AM
got it this morning, that was very quick!
I've started it and didn't want to put it down...thought I had better so I can leave feedback on here and Ebay!!!


04-03-2007, 10:48 AM
quote - I've started it and didn't want to put it down
Thats what I like to hear!
I have only 2 left with an other order due in about 10 days. As I only have a few its not currently on ebay but you can still buy direct from the website using your credit card or paypal. All payments secure as they go via paypal server.

www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

04-10-2007, 04:50 AM
Hi everyone - hope your Easter break went well!
I now have a further stock of the book Alone I Fly and have listed it on Ebay - item no 190101795940. You can also buy it direct from the website www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

Thanks to forum members who have received and read their copy and left such comments as -

1 -Excellent Book..Best read I've had in many years...Many thanks...

2 - A1 top class read quickly delivered

3 - Very fast delivery, Seems like an excellent book so far, Thank you very much

Happy reading!

04-10-2007, 08:36 AM
I am still reading this book as I dont have a lot of time free to read.
I am almost half way through and I must say Bill certainly had his adventures! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
Its a great story http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-11-2007, 10:51 AM
EXCITING NEWS (well for me anyway but I thought I had to share it!)
We sent a copy of Alone I fly to that other Bill Bailey (you know the one from Never Mind the Buzzcocks as well as other things). He actually read and enjoyed it so much he has mentioned it on his website! He says

You may be aware that Bill Bailey has written a book. But it's not the Bill Bailey you're thinking of, nor is it his doppelganger/reflection in a highly-polished cheese counter. The Bill in question is Sergeant Bill Bailey, who flew bombers during World War II, and has recently published Alone I Fly, an account of his experiences.

The sole survivor of a disastrous bombing mission in North Africa, Bill spent days alone in the desert awaiting rescue. Later serving on several other unusual posts, and flying in many more dangerous missions, he managed to survive through his determination and ingenuity.

A vivid and honest account of his truly extraordinary experience, this is a unique and memorable book which deserves to reach a wider audience. But, I hear you ask, is there any reason, besides authorial name, that it should be mentioned here?

Well, yes. Bill read the book himself and loved it, finding it gripping, and a fascinating picture of wartime life, and wanted to use this opportunity to encourage you to check it out. So why not show your continuing, unprejudiced support for Bill Baileys of all varieties by visiting Sgt. Bailey's website, and ordering yourself a copy.

You can see this at www.billbailey.co.uk (http://www.billbailey.co.uk) - Latest news.

If that doesnt tell you how good the book is nothing will!!
Still on sale from Ebay or direct from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)
You can buy with confidence from aloneifly and then I dont need to pay ebay fees! But if you prefer then use ebay or amazon


04-11-2007, 11:01 AM
Well I had finished it the next day (I just couldn't find the thread again!) I would definately recommend this...sardines...I think I would have starved!!!


04-11-2007, 04:18 PM
I truly believe thats the thing about this book - it is an easy read and once you start you just want to know what happens next! Lets face it, Bill Bailey - I mean the famous one (from never mind the Buzzcocks as well as other stuff), not only picked it up but actually read it. I expect he is a busy man so obviously its a fascinating but easy read.
Plenty in now so look out for it on ebay as well as aloneifly.com

04-11-2007, 05:56 PM
Hi all,

I've read this book and would like to make a few comments.

The author is very modest with regard to his achievements.

He describes with clarity and honest humility his exeriences as a very young pilot upon joining an Operational RAF Bomber Squadron in North Africa.

I won't spoil the account of his tribulations here but will add that it makes tremendous reading.

It made me feel rather humble when reading about the day to day life or death struggle that these crews went through.

And despite it all, he met during this conflict a woman who he is still with today http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.

God luck Bill !

Best Regards,

04-12-2007, 11:02 AM
Thanks for that MB!!

04-18-2007, 04:28 PM
Back on Ebay again! Good comments from previous readers of this forum. Check it out
www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

04-18-2007, 05:24 PM
Hi all,

This book is excellent http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The author is honest,frank,authorative,and human.

I suggest that you read it and if you disagree with my opinion then meet me at a pub of your choice for a drinking contest... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

Best Regards,

04-18-2007, 05:44 PM

Wow!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

04-18-2007, 06:51 PM
thanks for the head up - I have just ordered it off e-bay

once I have read it -I will post review at airwarfare

04-19-2007, 06:13 AM
thanks for your order Dieg. Its on its way and you may even get it tomorrow!

Look forward to reading your review!

04-20-2007, 06:47 AM
book has arrived- looking forward to reading it


04-20-2007, 10:24 AM
Well I just had to order my copy too, and you can now order directly of the site too so no need to go to Ebay http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-21-2007, 04:44 AM
Mine is on the way http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

04-23-2007, 03:42 PM
Now a recommended book and highlighted on another forum - airwarfare.com
http://www.aloneifly.com/mediac/400_0/media/booksign.jpg www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

Thanks to you all word is slowly spreading of what a good read this is.

04-23-2007, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

Wow!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Nice pic Billy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Best Regards,

04-26-2007, 12:29 PM
Worthy bump....this veteran(WW2 RAF) author paid to have this book published himself and its a quality work....even the cover is impressive by any standard let alone a self financed labour of love.Definitely the best book Ive read so far this year....

04-27-2007, 08:14 AM
Thanks again for the support you have shown. If you are just reading this thread for the first time, do go back a few posts and you will find some excellent reviews on this book.

AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU and to encourage other readers I would like to offer the book to you all at a DISCOUNT of £1.00 from the cover price. This makes it £5.99 plus P&P and it can be delivered worldwide.
To take advantage of this offer - which won't last forever!- PLEASE ONLY USE THE FOLLOWING LINK.
The page is hidden from others so you need to ensure you are looking at that page to qualify for the discount. You also need to buy using the 'Add to Basket' button. But to reassure you the payment can be taken by credit card or Paypal and is SECURE as its administered by Paypal.

The website Alone I fly is not linked to this page so use this link only

04-27-2007, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the forum discount, I just came across this, and just ordered my copy.

My compliments to Bill. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-27-2007, 09:47 AM
Apologies - I dont seem to have accounted online for P&P overseas. The default amount on the form is £1.95 . That is correct for UK. To post to US and Canada it should be £5.50 and to Europe £3.50 So could you please ensure you pay the correct postage - I am working on an update now!

04-27-2007, 09:51 AM
You should be able to cancel the Paypal payment, and I will resubmit with the correct postage. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-27-2007, 10:12 AM
thanks- done that - please just use paypal without the add to cart button and pay to sales@aloneifly.com. IF YOU ARE AN OVERSEAS BUYER. This will mean you use your paypal account. If you dont have one hang fire till I fix the postage problem All Uk sales can continue as before.

If all overseas buyers could please do that whilst I work on the form on the website showing correct postage.
So - totals are - for UK - £7.94; For US&Canada its £11.49; and for Europe its £9.49

Again aplogies for the mix up!

04-27-2007, 11:14 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifOk - normal service is resumed!
Its a bit crude but now there is a button dependant upon country of delivery. The post and packing will still show as £1.95 for all orders but the item price will include the difference between UK and overseas postage. Hope thats clear!

You can now order again from the following link

www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

Thanks for your patience!

04-27-2007, 11:44 AM
Got it! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


04-27-2007, 12:43 PM
Done. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-28-2007, 09:47 AM
Thanks - you should get them soon - then come back and tell us what you think!

05-03-2007, 08:53 AM
Reduction still available.

Quick recap
Alone I Fly is a book written by my father in law and tells of his time as a bomber pilot and other posts in the N Africa campaign of WW2. he was shot down on his 1st mission and survived days in the desert. He then tells of other missions and unusual posts in a sincere exciting way. The book has been read now by quite a few memenbers of this forum who all have given it a very good review.
Its only £5.99 (reduction of £1 especially for forum members) and is available from the following link
www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

You will also find it on ebay but the above link is the only place where you will save £1 on cover price!

05-06-2007, 03:32 AM
Very worthy bump....this book really is well worth a fiver....come on that wouldnt even buy you a pc magazine nowadays...its signed by the author

Check out the website

aloneifly dot com

Self financed and really deserves a much wider audience.Any one got any ideas to promote it shout.,.,.Ive posted about it on a few sim forums

05-14-2007, 02:16 PM
Bump....Come on guys this has got to be worth a fiver...the gents son in law reported that the author was excited that we sim folk had taken an interest in the book ...I gather sales are slow ...all copies are signed and delivered in 1-3 days...Top quality in every respect ,best book read so far this year,devoured it in a few sessions.

aloneifly dot com

05-15-2007, 04:30 AM
Thanks again Ytareh.

I dont know this guy and I am not prompting him to promote the book. However you may want to sample an extract before buying so if it helps you decide that the reviews are genuine, you will find a link to a sample chapter on the special forum website. The address again is www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

Reduction of £1 still available.


05-15-2007, 07:54 AM
I had mine arrive while I was out of town for business, and after having read my way halfway through the book, I have to say that it is indeed an excellent read.

Buy this book, you wont regret it at all. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

And as an aside, I was one of the first US folks to pick this up, and after some confusion over shipping, my copy of the book was sent over signed by Bill himself. You just cant beat that! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-15-2007, 11:57 AM
Just bought a copy from the aloneifly website. I hope Bill's health improves and I look forward to reading his memoirs. Thanks to ytareh for bringing this book to our attention http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

05-15-2007, 01:40 PM
Thanks for your payment. Unfortunately I dont seem to have your address on the payment advice so I have emailed you separately about this! Does the form ask for an adress when you pay? If not apologies and I will correct that.

Also I need to refund you a pound as you purchased from the main site where it is priced at £6.99. ( the cover price) To get the reduction you need to use the link provided previously www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

05-15-2007, 03:11 PM
All sorted now - thanks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-16-2007, 04:32 AM
Your copy is now in the post!!

05-16-2007, 04:35 PM
If you have ever wondered as to how it was to fly a bomber in WW2...this is the book for you!

There is no bravado...just an honest and modest account. Reading the book made me feel as if I was in the cockpit, but I thank the powers that be that I wasn't.

I believe that this book will be a milestone in fist hand accounts of WW2.

Best Regards,

05-18-2007, 03:27 AM
Thanks again MB. Bill is always pleased to hear of the support and comments from the forums - good or bad!

www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html) to get your discounted copy of the book. £5.99 to forum members.

www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm (http://www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm) to read a sample chapter first.

05-20-2007, 02:25 PM
It is not often I finish a book in a weekend, but this one certainly held my attention and definately rates as one of the best new RAF memoirs to appear.

The narrative is both easy to read and well written. The self published paperback is well presented externally, but the quailty slightly suffers inside where the font sizes frequently change for no apparent reason.

It made a pleasant change not to read one of the almost formulaic fighter pilots accounts that seem to be the norm these days. The book starts innocently with the first mission of an ordinary Wellington co-pilot and you are lulled into a false sense of security, much as Bill Bailey must have been, that nothing bad can possibly happen on the first mission. Having just got to know the crew we are then plunged into, well, what can only be described as full horror really, followed by an amazing survival story. That story of the first mission is one of the most compelling pieces of WWII aviation writing I have read so far.

After that you might think the rest of the book must be quite mundane, but not so. It is full of interesting details about the strange adventures and opportunities which may arise in wartime for an indivdual in the RAF. It even has a bit of romance so your partner's may like to read it too!

I can happily recommend this memoir, best book I have read in a long while http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-21-2007, 07:31 AM
Again - thank you for a very good review!

I take your point about the font issue. For some reason the final draft was sent to the publisher wiith incorrect font sizes in some places. He didnt notice and now to amend this it would need to be reprinted at an extra cost. We will rectify this at a future date when we have recouped enough of the initial costs! However hopefully it does not distract from the book in general as this is the first time the font irregularity has been mentioned.

Out of interest I have now received a sale from Singapore so this book is becoming well travelled! It has been posted to US; Canada; Australia; many European destinations; and now Singapore. The postal cost for Singapore and other World destinations is the same as for US - £5.50

Thanks again

06-05-2007, 05:01 AM
Bit of a bump but one with a purpose.
I have further copies of the book Alone I Fly now so you can still get a signed copy from the special website for forum members (£1 off normal price)
www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

If you would like to read a chapter first go to www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm (http://www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm)

The author is in hospital again unfortunately for a blood transfusion but hopefully will be discharged today.

06-06-2007, 07:22 AM
<quote> If you would like to read a chapter first go to www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm (http://www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm) </quote>

Despite my intentionally ridiculous (pseudo-) nym I am always humbled in the presence of those who stood up for what is right, just and true and made it possible for future generations to live in (at least a modicum of) peace.

Thank you so very much for making it possible for us all to get such a personal glimpse into past efforts.

I don't feel justified in accepting your discount however (as I still can't always land a virtual Spitfire without smashing the prop!), and as I dislike Paypal's policies, I am purchasing my copy of your great work through amazon.co.uk

You might like to mention 'Alone I Fly' on the other very dedicated Battle of Britain flight simm over at http://shockwaveproductions.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=10

Thanks once again for helping to share your father-in-law's life with us. Please offer my gratitude and wish him well on his return from hospital.

Willi Pranger (almost inevitably!)

06-06-2007, 09:21 AM
Read the book in an evening and it was wonderful. The description of bombing missions was great. Imagine doing your bomb run and then having to fly back over the target (sometimes more than once) to take pictures. Amazing.

It was also very interesting to read how landings and takeoff were handled on the small grass airstrips. I wonder if that will be modeled in BOB?

All in all, highly recommended.

06-06-2007, 09:33 AM
Just ordered it buy it now, The difference in currency is amazing, wasn't too concerned but noticed the bill in US ended up $25.56

06-07-2007, 04:29 AM
Thanks again for your wonderful comments. Bill is now safely back at home.

Sorry it has to be paypal from the website but its the easiest. However as you say you can buy from Amazon though of course it wont be signed.

If anyone does not want to use paypal, you can contact me and if its UK I could give you bank details to pay directly into. For any queries about the book email sales@aloneifly.com

Toad - Post and packing for US/Canada is £5.50 so I can get it sent via air mail so it is received quickly and with the dollar rate I guess that does bring the price up. So I know you are not worried about that but it is beyond our control (the dollar rate) Hope you also enjoy the book when you receive it. You obviously used Ebay where it is currently on sale again but remember people that you can buy anytime from the special website for the discount www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

He has indeed written an amazing and very readable account of the times then and it is very gratifying that his story is receiving such good reviews. Thanks again

06-07-2007, 06:33 AM
Thanks for the reply aloneifly, Just to clarify, I wasn't conplaining about price at all.

I was just noticing the difference in exchange rate, of our dollar against your £.

I didn't bother to look at your site, I just clicked the Ebay link posted earlier in thread and made the purchase.

P.S. I just sent you a private message.

06-07-2007, 07:36 AM
That is an old link. It is not always on ebay and of course if you do use ebay (where it is currently on sale too) you will be paying full price.
It is always available at www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) and you can still get a £1 reduction from www.aloneifly.com/forum.html (http://www.aloneifly.com/forum.html)

To recap - a true story from a Wellington bomber pilot of WW2 in the N Africa campaign. Recounts a first mission in which he is shot down and survives. Goes on to recount other experiences and unusual postings. Easy read and an exciting book which has received good praise from various sources. Read a chapter extract first if you want to judge for yourself at www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm (http://www.aloneifly.com/forumextract.htm)



ps I have replied to your PM T.O.A.D

06-07-2007, 07:59 AM
Bought it. Needed some good English reading for the beach, and here it is. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BTW, I've just read Mr. Bailey recently had to spend a time at hospital. I hope he's better now.


06-08-2007, 04:18 AM
You might like to mention 'Alone I Fly' on the other very dedicated Battle of Britain flight simm over at http://shockwaveproductions.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=10
Thanks I have now done this
Of course if any members also post there and would like to add their comments on the book it gives the posting much more credence.

Bill is out of hospital again. Unfortunately he wont get better and now has to make the best of what his body will allow. He has had a remakable life though!

06-21-2007, 04:12 AM
Bump - in case you might need some holiday reading!!

06-21-2007, 07:16 AM
A friendly bump. Bought mine a few months ago and its an excellent read. Recommended!

06-29-2007, 05:54 AM
Further review from someone who isnt even an aviation fan -

"I just finished reading this. All I can say is that it was absolutely brilliant, and I really didn't want it to end.

I found it an honestly written, humorous and highly addictive account of Bill's early life and contribution to the war effort. Fantastic! "

Further supply now received so copies available from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) - £6.99 plus p&p (promotional copies now finished)

All copies signed by the author

07-08-2007, 11:07 AM
Hope no one minds another bump!

www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

07-08-2007, 12:49 PM
Not in the slightest ...can't recommend Alone I Fly highly enough.Glad to hear your father in law is out of hospital...

07-08-2007, 12:55 PM
You know I just had a thought ...did you ever consider approaching TV/film companies about turning the story into a film/documentary?Could make a cracking production....

07-08-2007, 12:59 PM
I've got two more chapters to read yet tonight.
Looking forward to seeing the end.

07-15-2007, 05:03 AM
I,m sorry to advise that Bill is back in hospital again and in a very poorly state. We are now seriously concerned about his condition and the next few days are quite critical.

I know all your thoughts and prayers will be with him.


07-15-2007, 06:31 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gifHang in there, Bill! And thank you...

07-15-2007, 09:38 AM
Yes indeed .Our thoughts are with you.

07-15-2007, 12:58 PM
All our best for Bill! /S!

07-15-2007, 01:12 PM
Please say thanks to him and wish him all the best.I bought the book via the BoB11 shockwave forum but still have to read it,so many books so little time.
Please wish Bill all the best, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

07-15-2007, 01:21 PM
Get well soon, Bill. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-22-2007, 04:02 PM
The news about Bill's health is not good. I am sorry to say that it does not look like he is going to make it. He is in hospital still but in a very poorly way and really we are now only expecting the inevitable. He is being made as comfortable as he can but is no longer with us mentally. When he is awake enough to speak his words are either unintelligible or not making any sense. Earlier this week he seemed to be dreaming and was telling me he was fixing his motorbike and it seemed to me relating other episodes from the book.

I am afraid all we can now hope for is that this is one fight he doesnt keep fighting too long and that he then can be at peace.

At least we have his legacy in the form of the book which of course I will continue to sell on his behalf. I am only grateful that he managed to finish it before he became too ill and that he lived long enough to experience the good reviews and comments that it has received.

Thank you for your thoughts and I will keep you updated on his condition.

07-22-2007, 04:12 PM
I'm very sorry to hear this.

His is one of those books that by the end you feel as though you had met the author. I'm proud to own a signed copy of this book.

Best Regards,

07-23-2007, 11:28 AM
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Bill has fought his last battle. He died peacefully this morning in hospital. He was in some pain in his last few days and was really no longer still with us so the family are relieved that he is now at peace. He will be laid to rest at Worthing Crematorium this Friday.

His legacy of course will live on with his book and I will continue to sell it from the website. I still have some presigned copies so it is still possible for a short while to have a signed copy.

Once again thank you all for your support and kind thoughts.

07-23-2007, 01:08 PM
Very sad news indeed...My sympathy to you and your family.John.

07-23-2007, 01:39 PM
my condolenses to you and your family .


07-23-2007, 02:28 PM
Rest in peace, Bill...

07-25-2007, 12:46 PM
Just seen this awful news. I never met Bill, but it is through this book that he came across as a remarkable man. I will never forget what he and countless others like him achieved for freedom.

07-25-2007, 05:01 PM
This saddens me a lot.

My condolences and my sympathy to you and all Bill's family.

We really got to know and appreciate him through his memories, the legacy of an admirable man.

07-26-2007, 07:25 AM
My condolences for you and your family.

I am very glad I got a chance to read this book and was impressed and touched by Bill's experiences.

07-30-2007, 05:44 AM
Thank you all for your messages of sympathy. Bill's funeral took place last Friday. It was a sad occassion and we said farewell with poems and tributes including some from your previous posts.

The website now has a In Memorium page before being redirected to the main site. This will remain up for a few more days.

The book will continue to be sold from the website www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) and occassionally via ebay.
It is once again an amazing account of an amazing man and all the more valuable in an historic sense now that he is no longer with us.

07-30-2007, 05:46 PM
That really is sad news. My condolences too...

08-20-2007, 04:00 AM
Thanks again for your messages of sympathy. We have just come back from holiday and now of course we must move on - which means I would like to ensure his book is once again available.

In case you are new to this thread. My late father in law Bill Bailey has written a book about his time in the RAF as a Wellington Bomber pilot in WW2. It is a truly exciting and well written story and, as you can see if you read previous posts, has been received very well with very good reviews. it is priced at £6.99 plus P&P and can be sent anywhere in the world. See the website www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) for more details. You can purchase by paypal or credit card straight from the website.

08-20-2007, 12:42 PM
This book is simply a must buy...very inexpensive and with a real feel good factor-the author comes across as so genuine and unassuming ...the sort of book you dont want to end.Sad and poignant that Bill has passed on to his reward while this thread was running.

08-31-2007, 09:26 AM
A bump in case of new visitors to this thread!

09-10-2007, 03:56 AM
hope no one minds another bump!

09-10-2007, 01:56 PM
Still by far my favourite read of 2007....Proud to have been the starter of this thread and brought this excellent account of a WW2 RAF (Desert) Wellington bomber pilots experiences to the community's attention ...Sad that the author passed away during its progress ...Very cheap book at well under a tenner -all UK members really should buy this immediately although I believe it has also been bought by people worldwide.

09-10-2007, 02:56 PM
although I believe it has also been bought by people worldwide.
Sure! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

09-18-2007, 03:17 AM
Glad you are all enjoying it and I appreciate the recommendations to others. So of you havent discovered the book yet go to www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) and you can find out more and even download a sample chapter.

09-28-2007, 04:02 AM
Hi. The book, Alone I Fly, is still being sold from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) and often on ebay if you prefer.

If you dont know already about this book please bear with me for a few moments -

My father in law, Bill Bailey was a Wellingtom bomber pilot in the Med in the campaign against Rommel. It was always his ambition to fly and after time at sea he managed to become an RAF pilot. His first posting in Egypt as a new Seargant began successfully but on the way home the plane was shot down over the desert and he was the only survivor. The book relates this mission and how he survived and goes on to tell of other missions and unusual posts where he always had to learn quickly with little direction. It truly is a great story and a very good and easy read. Everyone who has read it is complimentary of the style, writing and the content. As a family we are very proud that he we are able to introduce his writing to others and its agreat legacy from a great man.

So if I have tempted you enough to learn more and perhaps buy a copy - only £6.99 plus P&P and we will post anywhere in the world - then please visit www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) You will also be able to download a sample chapter there too.

Thanks for your time

10-12-2007, 04:50 AM

11-02-2007, 06:06 AM
As we near remembrance day it seems a good time to bump this thread.
Sales have dwindled since Bill died - perhaps because signed copies are no longer available or of course because all interested members are aware or have read the book. But just in case there are members who havent heard about his book I hope you dont mind another reminder.

11-02-2007, 01:36 PM
With Memorial Sunday coming up this is simply a must read for UK community members.With 2007 coming to a close this is still my favourite book of the year -and my signed copy is now a treasured posession with the passing of Bill (RAF Wellington pilot).At least visit the website and read an extract from the book -self financed by the author and of better quality in every respect (the cover is of particularly high quality)than most 'in house' publishers work...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

11-02-2007, 05:17 PM
Thanks for that. You dont need to be a UK member either - I will post to anywhere in the world.
Ytareh is right though - it really is an amazing story well written and signed or not its a great buy at only £6.99 + P&P

11-09-2007, 01:48 PM
Big News http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Have been plugging away at trying to get a publisher interested. Had an email tonight from a publisher who deals in military history who is interested in the story!
No deal on the table yet and no further details but its very exciting. If only Bill had been alive to experience what he was always striving for...

Plus the book is in the window as part of a display on remembrance day in the local bookshop. So all in all an apt weekend for this to be (maybe) happening.

So could be a second edition before long. Might be worthwhile buying the 1st edition while you can! see www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) to buy.

11-09-2007, 05:20 PM
Thats great news Ronnie!

11-09-2007, 09:05 PM
I just read this whole thread from page 1 thru 6 and i choked up on the news of Bill's passing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif I will definately draw up plans into getting this book S! to a fallen hero and S!! for the people who are carrying on his legacy through literature.

11-12-2007, 12:04 PM
Its back on ebay if anyone prefers that method of purchase.

Re potential publisher - currently its print on demand and so I sell it direct myself by buying in stock. The mainstream route is difficult for an unknown author to achieve as you can imagine. So its a real thrill that a large specialist world war 2 publisher is showing an interest. They have however delayed a final decision until late Dec.

It was always Bill's dream and belief that his work would be recognised as being worthy of such attention so we are proud to have got this far with it.
My thanks of course go to Ytareh for bringing it to your attention via this thread in the first place and indeed to all who have bought read and supported this book.

12-03-2007, 03:36 AM
Christmas bump for new readers to this thread! Great book as you can see from the earlier comments. Get someone to order the book for your Christmas - or just treat yourself!
I can post to anywhere in the world. Order securely from my website www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) - or if you prefer its on Ebay - search for Alone I Fly

Hope you all have a great holiday when it finally arrives! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

01-14-2008, 04:12 AM
Still by far my favourite read of 2007....

If you are new to this thread and are looking for a good book to read then you will again find Alone I Fly on ebay or buy direct from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

Its an exciting, honest and authoritave account on one man's experience as a bomber pilot flying Wellingtons on the N africa campaign of WW2.

02-26-2008, 03:42 PM
Overdue bump....This is a must read book-my favourite of last year .Im proud to have brought it to the attention of the community .Sadly the author a WW2 RAF Wellington bomber pilot (mostly North African theatre -but the book is a very nicely balanced read with descriptions of everything from surviving alone in the desert to being a 'station operations commander' on a base)passed away since this thread began.Bill's son in law has done great work to promote the book ...its available here


where you can also read a FULL chapter of the book.
Its only GB£6.99 ,surely no British citizen could pass on such a ridiculously cheap ,super quality book,self financed by the author -but by no means an 'amateur production ,Bill was a journalist -even the cover art and type set/print of this softback autobiography are top notch.Which isnt to say that people from other countries (like me ,Ireland)wont enjoy it just as much...Indeed I believe quite a few have made their way across the Atlantic and around the world.
The author comes across as a very modest, likeable gent the polar opposite of many 'gung ho'/egotistical authors of the genre.
Just one episode I recall from the book is that in the early war years the aircrews had to make a second (or more)pass over the target under severe anti aircraft /flak fire to photograph their results(Bill recounts hanging out the window of his Wellington throwing flares out )!!!
Please buy this now ...you will thanks me for the recommendation.

02-26-2008, 10:23 PM
I highly recommend the book. It was an excellent read, and rather than a war story, its a great read of a man's experience at war. Very good book.

I was privileged to get a copy signed copy, and it is one keeps a spot up on my best of collection.

02-27-2008, 05:19 AM
Thanks again for the recommendations. it means a lot to me to know that it is still supported.

It is now listed for sale in ebay so If anyone prefers the ebay route for purchase the item no currently is 190202344611 or search for alone i fly.

or pay by credit card or paypal (secure payment via paypal) directly from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

Thanks again


03-03-2008, 09:23 AM
Some feedback requested please! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Despite the glowing reports and the number of recent views this thread again has had, no one has expressed any interest in purchasing a copy.

It would help to know why -
has the thread now 'burnt itself out' and any interested have already purchased;

Have purchases been made direct from the likes of Amazon etc rather than via myself;

Is the price via post too much as value for money the cover price is very competitive;

Were people buying before because they wanted a signed copy (sadly of course no longer available);

Other reason why no sales - feel free to criticise too!

Thanks for your input!


03-03-2008, 01:56 PM
Hi Ronnie,

I bought the book and as can be seen from my previous posts I highly recommend it. It's a delightful read and so very honest.

It's a rare and graphic insight into the demands of a new bomber pilot in an operational Squadron, and the high risks accepted without flinching.

I cannot really help as to why sales have stalled.

Perhaps if the cover also included a picture of a Wellington under fire it might help? But it's probably not practical at this stage.

Maybe there are other aviation related sites where this worthy book could be promoted?

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

Best Regards,

07-19-2008, 09:50 AM
Hello every body.
Wed 23rd July is the 1st anniversary of Bill's death (the author of the book Alone I Fly)

As such I thought it was a fitting time to remind folk about the book which chronicles his time as a bomber pilot in WW2.

Its priced £6.99 and is available from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

See previous postings for more information and reviews.

11-11-2008, 01:29 PM
Perhaps on this anniversary of the end of the First World War it is fitting to remember a hero of the Second ,Bill Bailey , a Wellington pilot of the RAF who sadly passed away since this thread was started by myself.
This is still the only 'un-put-down-able ' book I have read in the last 2 years .I currently have (and had at the time) maybe up to half a dozen paperbacks on the go at once with none really gripping me ...THIS was the exception .I think I read it in two days ...If you havent bought this yet please do now .While it does contain combat exploits it is far more 'rounded' and readable than the typical WW2 combat pilot biography .The author even served as a station/airbase ground coordinator (not sure of official job title) towards the end of the war and it is very interesting to read of his experiences in that role.
It really is a MOST excellent book with everything from a bit of romance to getting lost in the desert.

11-11-2008, 01:47 PM
I thought I remembered this thread.
It's good to see threads like this come back.

11-11-2008, 05:15 PM
It is really gratifying to hear these comments again. Especially on Armistice day. Its amazing we still have 3 veterans from the great war and soon their stories will no longer be in living memory. We are therefore so grateful to Bill (the author and my father-in-law) for giving us such a wonderful legacy and for being able to remember what he and so many others did for their country. To him it was just something he had to do - he certainly conveys that spirit in his writing - but for us it is something we shall always remember.

His book is still available either through ebay or via the dedicated website www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)
We still hope to get it published mainstream one day and there have been some 'near misses' but until then thats where it will be!

Thank you

01-23-2009, 09:19 AM
Alone I Fly is to be published by a mainstream aviation history publisher!!!! I have today received a draft contract and I am so pleased. It was what Bill wanted above all - for his story to be recognised and published for all to read. It is of course sad that he did not live long enough to see the day. However though its not yet signed sealed and delivered it looks like it will be avilable in every bookshop in the country in hardback within the next year.

I am very grateful for this forum's support - in particular ytareh - without which I may not have persevered till we got to this stage. So thanks everyone for your support.

If you dont know what all the fuss is about go to www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) where you can still purchase the current edition in paperback. ( I still have a few copies in stock) It will be a lot more when it makes it into hardback!


01-23-2009, 09:36 AM

For all the Nuggets...the book is indeed a worthwhile purchase. I've enjoyed it twice already.


01-23-2009, 02:07 PM
Great news Ronnie!Im delighted.I must have read dozens of books from the genre in the last few years and this really stands out as the only one that was truly compulsive reading.(Max 2 or 3 days )Not in the sense that it was edge of your seat , thrill a minute stuff (not that there wasnt plenty of action)but in the sheer modest likeability of the author.(A stark contrast with the more gung ho autobiographies of the likes of Boyington , Clostermann , Johnson etc )
Anybody watching the pennies/cents would be well advised to snap up the last of the paperbacks ,(which actually impressed me as being very nicely put together) before it goes hardback only (Before hopefully being rerun in paperback again in light of the hardbacks success!)
All the best Ronnie !

04-21-2009, 09:03 AM
Latest update on the publishing of Alone I Fly and current stock.

Contract is all signed and sealed and the publisher will be Pen & Sword. Probably wont be available from them till early next year. I have now cancelled the current print on demand contract.
This means the book will no longer be available from online bookstores very soon.
our local boostore closed recently and I bought up remaining stock. Therefore I still have 5 copies left from my website at www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) I will also put them on Ebay.

Postage to Uk is now FREE and to Europe £1.55 and US&Canada only £3.55

So this really is the last chance to purchase the book in this paperback edition. Only £6.99 with free UK delivery and available to buy online from www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com) or search for it on Ebay.


04-21-2009, 09:48 AM
Thanks for bumping this again, I remember reading this thread a while back but I was in the midst of emigrating and never ordered.

Things are a little more settled now, so have just rectified the situation!

Regards, Spinner

04-22-2009, 08:24 AM
Thanks for your order! The book is now on its way to you. Hopefully another satisfied reader!

04-22-2009, 02:46 PM
Great news about Pen and Sword Ronnie !I have heard of them,would guess they are in the top half dozen of the specialist military publishing houses and assume they are a good set up .I will be sure to get a copy when its released.Keep us posted !Anyone who hasnt got this GREAT book yet obviously needs to do so immediately or wait for 6-12 months ...So did you ever get around to trying out some PC (combat) flight simulation Ronnie?

04-22-2009, 04:13 PM
So did you ever get around to trying out some PC (combat) flight simulation Ronnie?
No sorry - I have been too busy marketing the book and some of my other interests. Maybe one day!
4 copies left and as they say - WHEN ITS GONE IT GONE!
FREE UK postage too and reduced for overseas delivery. Really is the best and last time to read this story for a while.


www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

04-22-2009, 04:18 PM
Sorry popped back again cos a member has just asked me a question on the Ebay listing.

Beardy Viking - e mail me with your address and I will post one on to you and you can pay when you can. No problem.

3 left guys!

04-22-2009, 05:53 PM
BeardyViking tis me!

Thanks for the response - looking forward to getting this in me mailbox!


04-25-2009, 05:19 PM
Okay, so I got my copy on Friday, and I finished it today. I should have been doing an essay on Scandinavian linguistics, but hey ho!

Anyway, I really enjoyed this - it's written in a very accessible style, almost like a novel rather than a biographical account. It's also very understated and succint in it's delivery. There's no unnecessary embellishment to heighten tensions or display the seriousness of a situation which I really appreciate. My only gripe is that it's so short! I'd have loved to keep reading about the man's exploits, but it's well worth a read.

04-26-2009, 04:28 PM
Thanks for the review Toolz.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it and that it was a page turner - hope you got your essay done though!

Obviously we all wish Bill had managed to write and publish this when he was a younger man and then no doubt on the back of its success he could have regaled us more with his tales (as he did - though not about the war- over many a family Christmas meal!) We lost him at his peak as an author - a talent he knew he had but had never had the time to exploit.

He has actually written more and he wanted at one point to include his early life as a young cabin boy on training ships (Warspite) However it was felt that the book needed to be about one aspect of his life or it may have got boring - so he compromised a little by having the few flashbacks included. I have all the manuscripts so one day if Alone I Fly becomes a success maybe more will be ghost written.

04-26-2009, 05:10 PM
Thats an interesting bit of news Ronnie .Keep us posted .In the meantime there are only 4 (?) copies of this book available to buy until it is (re)published next year guys ...Be quick -delivery is lightning fast too !

05-15-2009, 04:14 AM
Rounded up some more stock so still got a few books left. Check the website - if I have none to sell it will be clear on the website.

www.aloneifly.com (http://www.aloneifly.com)

08-26-2009, 05:59 AM
Hi - couple of things to report
Sorry no more paperback editions available for sale. So hold on to those early signed copies!

I have just discovered that Amazon already have the new hardback for pre order.
New cover design. Probably more striking than the paperback edition
http://www.books-by-isbn.com/1...r-1-84884-165-5.html (http://www.books-by-isbn.com/1-84884/1848841655-Alone-I-Fly-A-Wellington-Pilot-s-Desert-War-1-84884-165-5.html)

Uk orders here
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/o...ef=nosim/schildnet0a (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1848841655/ref=nosim/schildnet0a)

It should be out in Novemeber 09

Great to see it actually happening!

08-26-2009, 07:58 AM
Ahah. That's why Amazon keeps sending me Delay emails. Ordered it back in late May or June I think. Should I just cancel my order and go through the site?

08-26-2009, 08:09 AM
I take it your order was for the paperback at £6.99 from Amazon.
There will be no more new stock of that edition as I have cancelled the contract with London press who were the Print on Demand publisher.
It will now be the hardback you would order so yes definitely cancel any order with Amazon if it was the paperback. They really shouldnt have that on their site but thats beyond my control.
You can then pre order the hardback. (more money sorry but it will be a 1st edition in hardback with photos this time)

08-26-2009, 08:10 AM
ps - I wont be able to sell any of the new hardbacks via my website aloneifly - not allowed to unfortunately!

08-26-2009, 10:19 AM
Love the new cover Ronnie.

08-26-2009, 10:26 AM
Yes I think the new cover will make it stand out more on the bookshelves - I hope!

Exciting to see it.

08-26-2009, 07:12 PM
I ran into this thread . . .
just a tad late.

Better late than never http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. Story of IL-2

sorry about his passing and I can't wait to read Bill's story . . .

Too bad none of the ebay / paypal paperback editions are available . . . will wait for amazon to drop (release) it.

08-27-2009, 03:45 AM
Hey Ronnie ,Ive just had a brainwave!How about setting up a Wikipedia.com page on Bill?Youve probably heard of it but if not , wikipedia.com is an increasingly popular free online encyclopedia.People can just submit information on anything ,their town,club,an event in history,anything ...Id say its probably second only to Google in use for information gathering...Then again potential book buyers might not want to read 'spoilers' which would give away how certain events in Bill's adventures ended up...Still it would be very easy to do Id imagine ,just type up as much or as little as you wanted and maybe upload a photo or two.A feature of how it works is that there are 'hyperlinks' so if you typed for example "Bill Bailey flew Wellington bombers in the RAF during World War Two " there would be clickable links on the words Wellington ,bombers,RAF and World War Two so you could read more about those too....Is the new hardback edition identical to the paperback or is there any new content eg pictures ?

08-27-2009, 03:59 AM
Sounds like a plan! Thanks for the idea. I will give it a go when i get a chance.

The book will be the same in terms of content but will have about 20 pictures. Mostly Bill's own photos showing him as a naval cadet and in RAF uniform too plus a few of his wife. Would have liked more of the actual aircraft but of course cant just lift them off the net. The photo plates are now in 1st draft.

08-27-2009, 04:31 AM
Pen and Sword is a fine publisher. I have many of their books including one by my friend Ian White who is currently working on a volume on ASV Radars.

11-17-2009, 03:56 AM
Hi Folks! Big news is that the title Alone I Fly has now been published by Pen & Sword in hardback with photos at a retail price of £19.99 - though mostly available at £15.99. Bill would have been so proud to see this day....

Available now from
and all the other online retailers. Should be in your local bookshop from this Thursday the 19th. ISBN: 9781848841659

Just in time for Christmas - put it on your Christmas list!

11-17-2009, 04:05 AM
Thats great news. Thankyou very much and congratulations too. I'm very much looking forward to reading it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

12-07-2009, 04:58 AM
Hi there. Maybe a bit of an imposition this but I wondered if those of you that have read the book Alone I Fly would be willing to write a short review on Amazons website. Here is the link http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pro...f=cm_cr_mts_prod_img (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1848841655/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img)
scroll down to the "create your review" button

Appreciate your time and effort.



12-07-2009, 07:18 AM
Why wan't I informed of this?


I hope there's some left...

12-07-2009, 07:35 AM
Why wan't I informed of this?


I hope there's some left.
Dont worry! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifIts published mainstream now and readily available from Amazon; Play etc as well as your local bookstore - though they may have to order it for you. Published by Pen & Sword -
If you are referring to the paperback it is no longer available but the hardback is a much more professional edition with photos of Bill and wartime scenes. (Amazon still show the paperback but dont try ordering it as you will wait for ever and never actually receive it - still waiting on them updating their site)
Correct ISBN is 9781848841659

12-07-2009, 07:37 AM
Have just left an Amazon review Ronnie ...lovely professional looking hardback edition ...great work , a must have for everybody this Christmas.

12-07-2009, 07:58 AM
Many thanks.

12-11-2009, 08:39 AM
Have just left an Amazon review Ronnie ...lovely professional looking hardback edition ...great work , a must have for everybody this Christmas.
Thanks for that though Amazon dont seem to have included it as yet.

12-21-2009, 06:05 AM
Here is a crazy idea that you can help me with! Influenced by the facebook uK group that upset the UK charts by choosing a facebook campaign single to reach no 1; I thought of testing such internet power with the book.
So how about all you facebook members and your friends joining my group - the idea here is to take on all those celebrity autobiographies with the usual tittle tattle and instead bring to the fore the true stories of what happened to ordinary people in the war as depicted in Bill's book.
The group is called "Alone I Fly to top the book charts!"
Here is the link - Alone I Fly group (http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=213111338860)

Thanks and have a great Christmas!

12-21-2009, 07:02 AM
Once again to all I cant recommend this book highly enough ...an 'unputdownable' read ...As Ive said before I 'discovered' this book when I was going through a 'run' of 5 or 6 books that I just couldnt be bothered finishing ...'Alone I Fly' I got through in two or three days !

Great idea Ronnie ....Im in!There's certainly a lot more to read about in this than the latest X-Factor winner's autobiography ...Anyway even if youre not selling copies by the million all exposure helps.Happy Christmas!

12-21-2009, 07:25 AM
Hi Ronnie Ive just done a second review on Amazon...the first doesnt seem to have appeared a month or two ago.I hope this one does after maybe some kind of 'approval'...Anyway this is what i put...

5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable Autobiography -Essential Reading for Military Aviation History Enthusiasts but Would Appeal to All., 21 Dec 2009
By ytareh
I think I may have been amongst the first to 'discover' this book while the author was still with us a couple of years ago.I treasure my paperback signed copy .It was a labour of love for both Bill and his son-in-law ,Ronnie .Im delighted to see that it has been deservingly released by a major specialist publisher.I must have read dozens and dozens of books on military aviation if not hundreds and I can state without hesitation that this is the best all round ,on balance .This is taking into account the likeability of the writer and his highly readable style (you can tell Bill worked as a journalist /writer -in fact I think he wrote books on other general topics ),the variety of his experiences (even getting lost in the desert!)and the various 'human interest ' anecdotes (including standing up to bullies etc) give this must buy book an edge over ANY of its competitors ...

I will try again if it hasnt appeared in a few days ...


12-21-2009, 07:41 AM
Thanks for all your support - much appreciated!
According to Pen & Sword website its now listed as a best seller - so OP review is indeed vindicated!

Amazon seem to have it at £12.55 with free uK shipping and that looks like the best price. So not far off a tenner!

12-21-2009, 04:31 PM
No its available from some of the 'sub-sellers' on Amazon for £10.42 but with the 2.75 postage its dearer than buying it direct from amazon.co.uk ....I see my review is up now and indeed it is marked as a best seller on pen-and-sword.co.uk -its on page 2 of 16 in the aviation section -in fact it sometimes comes up on the front page as a best seller...Im delighted to see this .Congratulations Ronnie .

11-04-2010, 05:09 PM
Well I love to bump up this great book every now and then .Its such good value and an unputdownable read .Any news Ronnie ?(Son in law of author -recently deceased WW2 RAF Wellington pilot , Bill Bailey.)

11-05-2010, 04:28 AM
Thanks for the bump - especially as its the time of the year when we remember what so many did for us.
Latest news on the bookis that it has now also been published in a large print edition specifically for libraries. The publisher sold the rights to a specialist publisher for this though the rights didnt really amount to that much. But its all about getting Bill's story read so if its the library you head for fine.

To buy a copy best price is probably Amazon at £13.99 with free delivery (UK). No doubt will also be there in your own Amazon locale. ISBN is 978-1848841659

As well as Ytareh's great reviw on Amazon there is one completely unconnected with me or this forum. He is a top 100 reviewer on Amazon and his review can be found on the Amazon website - just search for Alone I Fly a Wellington Pilot's desert War (hardback)

Here is just the summary of his review -
The book is a well constructed work which is also immensely readable (and not all biographies are!). I fancy that the content will also fill a few gaps in our knowledge of the RAF at work during WW2 beyond those aforementioned more headline-grabbing aircraft and events.

Thanks guys!

11-05-2010, 09:22 AM
I really enjoyed reading this - it was very engaging. Highly reccommend it.