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John Simpson was a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and survived the war, only to take his own life only two years after the end of the war. He was one of the few Battle of Britain fighter pilots to have his portrait drawn by two of the top war artists, Eric Kennington & Cuthbert Orde ( Douglas Bader being another ). This book has been enhanced by an original pencil drawing by Steve Teasdale in the style of the Orde drawing. Written by 43 Squadron's intelligence officer and personal friend Hector Bolitho, Combat Report is full of John's first-hand accounts of his combat missions against German Me 109s, Heinkel 111s and Dorniers. One of Hector's key roles was to collate and verify the 'Combat Reports' filed by pilots which detailed enemy 'kills' and the fate of fellow pilots who had been shot down. The book is in very good condition for a wartime publication with some small tears and bumps and some foxing to the inside of the dust jacket. The book also features a letter from Bolitho pasted into the front and also contains a signature from someone who purports to be mentioned in the book also ( not checked ).He was a good friend of John Simpson and the book was written during 1940 based on conversations between the two men, John's Combat Reports and letters John sent to Hector. This is an extremely unique story from someone who was in the thick of the fighting, with a rare letter from a friend ( some say partner ) who was there to share the story with.

1943 1st Ed Combat Report Battle of Britain Signed Author Letter & Remarqued

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