RAF Top Gun

The Story of Battle of Britain Ace and World Air Speed Record Holder Air Cdre E.M. ‘Teddy’ Donaldson CB, CBE, DSO, AFC*, LoM (USA)

Nick Thomas

 
Date Published :
September 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
60 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844156856
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Edward ‘Teddy’ Mortlock Donaldson was one of three aviator brothers to win the D.S.O. during World War II. He joined his brother in the R.A.F. and was granted a sort-service commission. He quickly became both a stunt pilot and a crack-shot, winning the R.A.F.’s Gunnery Trophy One and leading the R.A.F.’s aerobatic display team. When war was declared Donaldson was commanding No 151(F) Squadron flying Hurricanes and in their first engagement destroyed six enemy aircraft, shooting down many more in the following months. For his leadership of the squadron during the battle and his personal tally of eleven, plus ten probable destruction's he was awarded the D.S.O. He then spent three years as a gunnery instructor in the USA where he taught American Gun Instructors and helped set up new gunnery schools. On his return to England he converted onto jet aircraft and commanded a Meteor squadron. This lead to him being selected to command the Air Speed Flight, established in 1946 to break the world record. ‘Teddy’ eventually snatched the title, setting a new speed record and breaking the 1000 km/h barrier. He retired as an Air Commodore and became the Air Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He died in 1992.

About The Author
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Nick Thomas is a former archaeologist and finds expert. He currently works as Collections Officer for a local authority having been manager of the ground-breaking Stafford Castle Visitor Centre and Museum with which he has a 25 year association.Nick has contributed history articles for a number of archaeological journals and the local press, while finding time to work on many of the ‘digs’ in his home town. His previous biographies include RAF Top Gun, the story of Teddy Donaldson.

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