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SPITFIRE OVER EVEREST Kenneth D. Neame 2018 1st Edition Hardcover New multiple copies available
By Neame, Kenneth D.
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UK, 2018, 1st edition. 262 pp, 71 photos, plus many diagrams, tables, lists, technical data sheets on the Spitfire. New hardcover with pictorial cover, no DJ was issued. 

In 1992 the author printed a few copies for distribution to his family and friends. As these will never become available to readers and collectors, this edition is referred to as the First Edition.

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An outstanding story of coincidence, quick wit, skill, routine, improvisation and seized opportunity as a young RAF pilot flies an iconic Spitfire in an aerial photographic mission over Everest at the end of World War Two. 

RAF Pilot Officer Neame trained to fly Spitfires for photographic reconnaissance and, after a short time in Germany, was sent to pre-partition India in 1946 to serve in the only photo-reconnaissance squadron in the whole sub-continent.

Getting lost and reaching home with just enough fuel for another seven and a half minutes?  Flying blind with an unserviceable radio through a monsoon storm?  Making an unauthorised sortie into another country to come home with outstanding pictures of the world’s greatest mountains – taken one-handed with the Leica jammed against the hood while the other hand grasped the stick and kept the Spitfire level!

With a foreword by Sir Martin Holdgate.

Cover image by the author on his photo-reconnaissance flight in 1946: Mt. Everest from the North and part of the Spitfire’s wing in the lower right on the front cover.

See also on Wikipedia: The Army Map Service (AMS). This was the military cartographic agency of the United States Department of Defense from 1941 to 1968, subordinated to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Good info on Wikipedia, but the wholesale mapping of the entire world that followed WII is not mentioned. 




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