View Full Version : Best Book I Have Read in Years -ALONE I FLY

11-11-2008, 01:45 PM
EDIT I see my earlier post at the end of the old thread did appear online eventually .Maybe people might be interested in finding how to get this book without having to read through a long thread .

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

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ALONE-I-FLY-TRUE-STORY-OF-A-WORLD...C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ALONE-I-FLY-TRUE-STORY-OF-A-WORLD-WAR-2-BOMBER-PILOT_W0QQitemZ190264229866QQcmdZViewItem?hash=ite m190264229866&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1301%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318)

I started a thread about this maybe 18 months or more ago .The author Bill Bailey ,a WW2 RAF Wellington pilot sadly passed away since so you probably wont be able to get a signed copy like my treasured one .Bill paid to have this book published himself and recieved great assistance in promoting it from his Son-in-Law .It really is a labour of love and even the cover is top quality .
The book is in refreshingly stark contrast to the gung-ho type style of WW2 air combat biographies of some of the better known heroes of the air .Bill's modest and immensely likeable character shines through on every page .This remains the only paperback I have read from cover to cover in 2/3 days in the last few years .In fact as an indication of its quality I permanently have up to half a dozen paperbacks on the go at once with none gripping me ...
There is everything from getting shot down and lost in the desert to a bit of romance to being an airbase ground coordinator towards the end of his career which reveals an interesting aspect of RAF service rarely described .
It is crazy to think that in the early war years the bomber crews had to go back on a second run over the target and drop flares to take pictures of the success of their raid !
Go on, this is a steal at 6.95 plus very cheap postage !

11-11-2008, 03:54 PM
Thanks for the heads up. Order placed.

11-12-2008, 02:32 AM
I'm one of the lucky who got a signed book. An excellent read, and an admirable man.

11-12-2008, 03:33 AM
Interesting extract.. I dont see this in IL2

"She becomes a little nose-heavy perhaps, but when we drop the bomb we lift vertically for about 500 feet."

11-12-2008, 04:13 AM
thx for the heads up ytareh ,
i must admit to reading a lot off pilot related books but this one slipped me bye so i have just ordered it .
as a side note i thought i would just add my favourite two pilots books 1. fly for your life (bob stanford tuck ) .2. the last enemy by richard hilary

11-12-2008, 01:45 PM
Thanks for re-posting it ytareh. Ordered my non-signed copy today.

11-12-2008, 07:34 PM
ohh..sounds good..I could go for a good book.....anyone else recomend it?