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This 1987 William Kimber 1st Ed hardback is in very good condition. The book features an original pencil drawing portrait of the author William Rolls of 72 Sqn. There is a genuine and rare William Rolls signature mounted underneath the portrait.

Called up at the outbreak of war, Rolls completed his training at 3 FTS South Cerney, passing out on 14th June 1940, then joined 72 Squadron at Acklington on the 19th.

The squadron went south to Biggin Hill on 31st August. Rolls destroyed a Me110 and a Do17 on 2nd September, destroyed two Me110's on the 4th, destroyed a Do17 and probably another on the 11th, destroyed a Me109 and damaged another on the 14th, damaged a Me109 on the 15th and destroyed a Me109 on the 20th.

Rolls was awarded the DFM (gazetted 8th November 1940) and posted to 58 OTU Grangemouth in January 1941 as an instructor.

He moved to 61 OTU Heston in July. He returned to operations on 23rd October 1941, joining 122 Squadron at Scorton, he was commissioned in January 1942.

The squadron went to Hornchurch on 2nd April 1942. Rolls destroyed a Fw190 and probably a second on 17th May and probably destroyed a Fw190 and shared another on 2nd June.

In July 1942 Rolls was posted to Debden, then flew a Spitfire to Abbotsinch and embarked in HMS Furious at Greenock. He flew off in early August to Luqa, Malta, where he joined 126 Squadron. Rolls was appointed a Flight Commander.

On 13th August he destroyed a Ju88, on 19th September a Do24, on 11th October he destroyed a Re2001 and damaged another, on the 12th destroyed a Ju88 and two Mc202's, on the 13th and 16th destroyed two Ju88's and on the 26th a Me109.

Soon afterwards Rolls broke a leg and was admitted to hospital. He was flown to Gibraltar in a Hudson and then took off from there for Portsmouth in a Catalina. Strong headwinds caused its fuel to run low, necessitating a forced-landing off the Welsh coast. The flying boat was towed in by a destroyer. Rolls was taken to the Royal Naval Hospital, Swansea.

He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 4th December 1942).

Rare Battle of Britain Account Spitfire Attack Signed & Remarqued Bill Rolls

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