In a Moon's Course
by Allan Jones
The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) provided a remarkable air service during the Second World War. In the manner of a modern courier company, the organisation delivered from the factories and transatlantic arrival points the hundreds of aircraft that were needed daily by the RAF and Royal Navy. At the end of the war in Europe the ATA disbanded rapidly and disappeared from public view. The old men and young women who were flying Spitfires and Lancasters one day suddenly found themselves returning to ‘normal lives’ the next. As Lettice Curtis wrote, they became ‘Forgotten Pilots’.
This is a book primarily for the flight simulation community. In a Moon’s Course focuses on ATA flights, recreating twenty-eight of them from log book notes or historical and anecdotal sources.
A brief background to the ATA, the stories of the flights and the details for simulating each one in any flight simulation software are provided. Re-creations of flights by well-known ATA pilots including Lettice Curtis, Peter Mursell and Hugh Bergel are featured - but so are flights made by others unknown today other than through a fragment of their log book found on web sites. A comprehensive list of references is appended.
- Allan Jones, March 2013
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